#amreading THE TRESPASSER, p. 311

Suspense just kicked up a notch!

Self is beginning to realize this about her response to a Tana French book: her level of enjoyment depends on how engaging she finds the main protagonist’s partner.

In Broken Harbor, self was really taken by Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy’s rookie partner, Richie Curran. To a lesser extent, she was also taken by Scorcher’s mad sister, Dina.

In The Trespasser, there was absolutely no one self could relate to, not until the main protagonist’s partner, Steve, began to acquire fairly duplicitous shadings. Then, the tension ratcheted up. Waaaay up.

Excellent. It’s a very cold and blustery Paris evening, perfect for cocooning with a book.

Kudos to Ms. French for p. 312 also.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

In Memoriam, Liu Xiaobo, Dissident and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Discovered the poetry of Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, through a bilingual translation from Graywolf, Empty Chairs.

Liu Xiaobo passed away earlier this year. Self can imagine Liu Xia’s pain.

This morning, in Paris, reading Liu Xia’s “One Bird and Then Another:”

One Sunday, the sky was
overcast, but it wasn’t raining.
We went out together and you bought
me a blouse from a boutique.
When it got dark, we went
to a crowded restaurant
and each ate two bowls of dumplings.
On the way back we
were quiet, not saying a word,
feeling slightly uneasy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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