Tuesday, April 08, 2008

An Influx of Reading

In the wake of my slump, I now find myself inudated with reading! That's always the way it goes, isn't it? I have three books on the go at the moment.

Proof, by David Auburn, is one of my favorite films, and I'm finally reading the original Pulitzer Prize-winning play. In fact, I'm reading the play with my lit/research class, and while I'm not sure what they think of it, I totally love it!

It's about the daughter of a math scholar dealing with her father's death and his legacy of brilliance and madness. When one of his PhD students finds a field-changing proof in his office Catherine must prove whether or not she can live up to her father's name and abilities--all the while trying to stave off an anal retentive, overbearing sister and lingering doubts about her sanity.

I'm moving through this one at a breakneck pace. So far the play is just as good as the film version was, and I'm finding that issues of gender are much more prevalent in the play. Tackling the issues that women face in the field of mathematics and the sciences is a hot button issue in the wake of the Harvard comments. I can't wait to weigh in on this one in a proper review. I just can't say enough good things about it thus far.

I bought Chesil Beach without actually knowing what it's about! There! I said it! The last time we were vacationing in Myrtle Beach, I found a GREAT little used book store. So cute, so posh, so independent. I couldn't help but buy something, and since they were on the brink of closing for the night, I grabbed the one audio book I'd heard of and made it mine.

Since I've already run through all the recent podcasts I have loaded on my iPod, I decided I needed a new commute book. Since this is the only one I have available on CD at the moment, I ripped into yon pod, and voila! I love it.

This very short novel is Ian McEwan's take on marriage and sex. And you know I love sex. No, stop, pervs, I love reading about sex. OK, wait, this isn't going like I expected. Whatever. It's about a young couple, newly married, in the 1960s and their wedding night. Florence is positively disgusted by the idea of sex. It makes her recoil. Her new hubby, Edward, is fascinated and worried that he will scare Florence or simply not satisfy her. Between their innermost thoughts and worries, McEwan allows us peaks into their personal lives prior to marriage and how exactly they came to the point of marriage and the marriage bed. VERY interesting book. Although, I have to say, I almost wish McEwan had stirred up the stereotypes and made Florence the hornball and Edward the icked out one. Just to be different. Still, it's a riveting listen.

And, finally, the book that's getting ignored. Well, maybe not ignored, but I have more downtime in the car with Chesil Beach, and I *have* to read Proof for class, so How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents gets pushed to the back of the pile despite my best efforts and longings.

I picked this one up for a new face-t0-face book group that I'll be attending on Monday night. I'm REALLY excited to finally get to go since Daisy's puppy school and other sundry obligations have kept me from the group for damn near a year now. Too long!

I've heard great things about this book, and I'm excited to get into it. Maybe the weather will be nice enough that I can stake Daisy Lou out in the back yard today and read a bit. Come on sunshine!

Which reminds me, on a completely unrelated noted, Daisy graduated from puppy school last night. She's house trained, crate trained, she can sit, lay down, and walk on a loose leash with at least an iota of focus. We're currently working on the "wait" and "leave it" commands. And I have pictures of her perched on my shoulder, which is where she often likes to be if I'm anywhere near my reading chair. Watch for those soon.

Now, I'm off to tutor until 3:00, and then I get to grade a boatload of student papers. Pray for my soul.

17 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of the Harvard comments before. "Intrinsic aptitude". Wow...just, wow.

    My boyfriend really enjoyed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and I've been meaning to read it ever since he mentioned it. I am so borrowing his copy in the summer.

    And congrats to Daisy! Perched, lol. I look forward to the pictures.

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  2. Yay, Daisy!! We need to teach Annie to "wait." I want her to know that I'm in charge and we'll go outside for our walks when I'm ready. Not when she demands it. ;)

    Enjoy your f2f book group. The group I just joined has met a couple of times now and both books generated a lot of discussion. Fun, fun, fun!!

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  3. I didn't know what Chesil Beach was about either when I read it last fall. I found it very compelling and a great look at gender communication (or lack of). Enjoy!

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  4. Happy Graduation, Daisy!!!

    I'm drowning in grading, too. I just keep telling myself it will all be over in a month...until my summer class starts. Ugh.

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  5. Oh, Nymeth, it was dreadful as you've now read. Wow was pretty much all I could say, too. Glad to hear that the Garcia Girls are worth the time. If Daisy will calm down a bit and stop chomping on my arm I'll give it a go!

    Les, that in charge thing is something Daisy needs to learn a bit better. I'm hoping when we get to the point of having her fixed it will calm her down and make her a little more docile. Not to mention just getting older, too. Thanks for the good f2f wishes! I can't wait.

    Amen, Terri! It's so frustrating to listen to those two get all mixed up.

    PS, at least you have summer courses! My school doesn't offer enough of them for me to be employed. I'm gonna be poor. So very poor.

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  6. I loved the movie 'Proof' as well. I'd love to read the play sometime!

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  7. Michelle, give it a go! It's fantabulous.

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  8. I've just read that Ian McEwan myself and loved it! So glad you're enjoying it. And yay! for Daisy. Well-trained dogs are such a pleasure to have around.

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  9. Congrats to Daisy! Good training is such an important thing to get right at the puppy stage! How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents sounds excellent, shall have to keep an eye out for it.

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  10. Congratulations to Daisy. Of course, my cats do exactly what they're told. Mind you, I'm very careful not to tell them anything that isn't along the lines of 'be furry and cute' 'sleep all day' etc.

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  11. Litlove, I can't wait to finish it today. I have one short disc left, and I should have no trouble finishing it on my drive in to work. As for well trained dogs, she's on her way. Not there yet, mind you, she's still hard headed and rebellious, but I hope we're making progress. :)

    Logophile, I'm having a really hard time getting into Garcia Girls. Not sure what the holdup is. I was sleepy last night when I tried it, so maybe I'll have better luck today.

    LOL, Stu. They are a little...aloof...aren't they?

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  12. Congrats Daisy! Bailey will usually come when he's called but that's about it.
    Hope you had fun at your book group.

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  13. I've watched Proof too but I've never read the play. Although I do believe that books are far better than the movies, off-late I have begun to think otherwise because of this one trailer i saw here- http://www.disney.in/narnia
    Its a trailer of Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia series of fantasy books and it really spell-bound me! I've read the books and totally enjoyed them, but the movie promises to be a different experience altogether! So don't miss it! Its releasing May 16, 2008 and the hot Ben Barnes is playing Prince Caspian!!

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  14. btw, since you recommended Siri Hustvedt to me on my blog, I've seen her name at least three times. It's a sign. I have the book of essays on hold; also intrigued by a novel that just came out. So, thanks in advance!

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  15. Terri, I'm glad you're going to give the essays a try. I hope you enjoy them. As for the novel, I didn't even realize it was out! I'm SO GLAD you said something about it or I wouldn't have known. Hustvedt is one of my very favorites, so I can't believe I didn't know the book was coming out.

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  16. Thanks, Nat! The book group will meet this coming Monday, and I'm pretty excited. I'm also pretty afraid I won't finish the book by then. Eeek!

    Thanks, Simran! I knew the movie was coming out soon (got a review copy of the set), but I haven't yet seen a trailer.

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  17. I'll have to read the McEwan novel now. I've never read him either, and I can honestly say I've never wanted to.

    But you had me at "I love sex." How can I argue?

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