Admittedly this book is very strange and many, if not most, people will not “get” it. I actually enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t say it was great. I realize the point of the book was to blur the lines between fiction and reality, but it is nice as the reader to have an idea of what is real and what is not…almost like having power over the characters in the story. In this story neither the characters nor the reader had that power. It was as if no one knew whether it was real or not. Overall though I did enjoy the characters and the storyline, even if it was impossible to distinguish the characters’ reality from fantasy.
Firstly I have been working on Icicle Dreams – a baby blanket ripple pattern from a leaflet I got from a thrift store grab bag. Lots of bright colors!
And Tiziana has another knit-a-long going on! She’s calling it the MnM (Mystery – No Mystery). I have decided to keep it a mystery, so anyone who decides to peak, don’t tell me anything! The yarn I’ve chosen isn’t ideal, but it’ll have to do. It’s the only thing I have enough yardage of. I got it in an awesome grab bag from shopgoodwill.org.
David Sedaris is funny in that sort of way that makes you chuckle and roll your eyes. He reminds me of friends in my past life and seems like someone I’d like to be friends with – dry, witty and able to make fun of himself and his family without dehumanizing or really truly degrading them. I really connected with a few of the stories. The way he expresses his emotions throughout a situation really gives you the impression that you are there with him in this hairy situation – whatever it may be.
Wow, it’s been a good 15 years since I first read this book as a school assignment. One thing about Siddhartha’s story that stood out this time around, but probably not the first was his experience with losing his son. The learning to let go just like he had made his father let go was touching and a slightly painful realization personally. I would recommend this book to anyone who is either rebelling against or seeking a religious way…so basically everyone.