Friday, February 26, 2010

Ahab's Wife

I just finished reading Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.  I'm still trying to decide what to make of it.

Some reviewers really loved it, some hated it.  I wanted to love it, but I didn't.  Her phrasing was lauded by many, but I found it cumbersome.  Perhaps I'm not as literarily precocious as some, but I dislike having to read a paragraph multiple times to glean its meaning.  I can appreciate a well-turned phrase, but if I find myself thinking of ways to have said it more concisely, it distracts from the story, in my opinion.  The book is long at 666 pages, but I wouldn't mind that at all if there really were that much to tell.  There were some chapters that amounted to nothing more than raving or rambling.  I understand their purpose within the story, but I didn't enjoy them at all.

I gave my husband a not-so-short synopsis, and he just laughed at all the things that happened to the heroine, Una.  He insisted there was no way that could have happened to one person, but I quite enjoyed the plot twists and the varied situations she survived.

I'm still not sure what to think of the book.  I may read another by Naslund and see if I can decide!

Friday, February 19, 2010

One less piece/part

So, I had my thyroid out yesterday.  I didn't really want to do it, but the doctor thought it was time. I'm doing pretty well so far.   The incision area is tight and sore and it hurts to swallow.  But my calcium levels were good, so the doctor let me go home a day or two early!  Yay!

I'm starting to feel like I'm not a whole human being anymore, though.  Too many pieces/parts missing now!

Friday, February 5, 2010

My Big Brother

My older brother had a heart attack on February 2 and had a quadruple bypass yesterday.  The doctor says everything went as expected and the nurse said his numbers are good.

Please keep him in your thoughts.