Ducks, Newburyport - week 4
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Tämä viestiketju on "uinuva" —viimeisin viesti on vanhempi kuin 90 päivää. Ryhmä "virkoaa", kun lähetät vastauksen.
(Page numbers are from two editions: US Biblioasis and UK Galley Beggar Press. All weekly breaks occur at a break in the text of some sort, as noted.)
March 7: US 1-189 : UK 1-199 ending at the PTA sign: LET THEM EAT CAKE, ~19%
March 14: US 189-397 : UK 199-406 - 4-dot break begins: “Puddles favored by crows have a sweet, earthy taste.”, ~39%
March 21: US 397-581 : UK 406-591 - 4-dot break begins: “The shock of losing her cubs reverberated like rain on water.”, ~57%
today: US 582-777 : UK 591-786 - 4-dot break begins: “A lot of wilderness exists between the cracks,”, ~76%
April 4: US 777-988 : UK 786-998 and appendix
Note: No on is following the pace. One person has finished, and I think the rest of us are behind. Still, discussion is targeting through page 777us /786uk.
quotes so far:
the fact that I hope we can just go sort of Amish if necessary, the fact that that’s my plan A
the fact that I was damaged by Mommy’a illness, the fact that it broke me
the fact that I couldn’t sleep last night, the fact that I had to get up and read Zadok Cramer to calm down
(Zadok Cramer was the author of The Navigator, first published in 1801. It was a guide for settlers and travelers moving westward into or through the interior of the United States during the first half of the 19th century.)
• Stuck a mall due to collapsed entrance bridge p582 - burning house in flood
• Pollution p590
• Cathy’s apocalypse prep p592
• Mommy’s illness broke me p604
• Cougar rescue, as narrator reads it p607
• Eustacia Vye - The return of the native, mentioned in The catcher in the rye 610
• All-nighter 623
• On Golden Pond - Fonda’s and Katharine Hepburn
• Joyce Carol Oates p631
• Some things are definite p635 - goes on about 30 pages
• I 🖤 U spitball p675
• Zadok Cramer p682
• Bobby p681
• porn/sex p683-688 (to eggs...) and then more
• open heart surgery at 8 mentioned p694
• vaguely on the theme on not seeing others feelings
• details about the open heart surgery ~p715
"I'm trying not to flip out entirely, the fact that having them home during the daytime actually makes me feel a bit queasy even at the best of times, the fact that I think I associate it with them being sick, and when they're sick, I feel sick, the fact that they're not sick though, they're just home . . "
So the lion's story and the narrator's solidly converge in this section and I really like how these two stories come together.
There is also increasing violence in this section - she thinks a lot about her friend Cathy's experience with an shooting incident. Violence, particularly gun violence, is a major theme in the book for me and it starts to show more in this section.
Her anxieties continued, and she's now given me new concerns about bridges that had never entered my mind before! There were a lot of worries relating to gun issues - domestic murders, worrying that a shooter would come into her kids' schools. I wondered how active a worry this is for parents in the US?
In all, I recovered my respect for the book in this section, but at times i'm still finding it very dense to read. I'm enjoying that the mountain lion tale is now merging into her story, and wishing that Leo wasn't away so much so we could have more narrative on her marriage.
I loved that section. Partly because I was pleased that I got my wish for a change of pace/rhythm/structure and partly because it was so funny and poignant.