Saturday, July 08, 2006

good book and a bowl of cherries

Rob's playing his friend's Tele in the basement, messin' around with pedals and effects. I'm up on the couch reading Carson McCuller's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". I had a hankering for cherries, so i'm into a bowl of them now. They're a rich maroon colour and they're good and sweet, smooth-skinned and juicy.

I'm just getting into this novel. I love the way it's written:

"He began to name over parts of his coming meal. When he spoke of food his face was fierce with gusto. With each word he raised his upper lip like a ravenous animal. 'Roast beef with gravy. Rice. And cabbage and light bread. And a big hunk of apple pie. I'm famished. Oh, Johnny, I can hear the Yankees coming. And speaking of meals, my friend, did I ever tell you about Mr. Clark Patterson, the gentleman who owns the Sunny Dixie Show? He's so fat he hasn't seen his privates for twenty years and all day he sits in his trailer playing solitaire and smoking reefers. . ."

"He watched the game of his friend and felt the mild, quiet afternoon merge with the darkness of evening. The firelight made dark, silent waves on the walls of the room."

"He waited for the black, terrible anger as though for some beast out of the night. But it did not come to him. His bowels seemed weighted with lead, and he walked slowly and lingered against fences and the cold, wet walls of buildings by the way. Descent into the depths until at last there was no further chasm below. He touched the solid bottom of despair and there took ease."

This story, set in the 'dirty 30s', deals with racial tension among the residents of a mill town in Georgia. I'm really enjoying this tale and I'm staring at a bowl full of pits and stems here now. Time for a refill!

Are you reading anything good at the moment? I'd love to hear about it!!!

9 comments:

supersimbo said...

i had some natural yoghurt and cherrys last night.........NICE..............though i always have my cherry and i love her....................yuk!!! hehe

Kathryn said...

mmm. that sounds delish, Ally! i love yogurt and fruit!

awwwww, all these weddings are turning you mushy! Ally & Cherry sitting in a tree,
k-i-s-s-i-n-g. . . first comes love, then comes marriage. . LOL!!

Drumstick said...

It's great when this time of year rolls around...fresh cherrys & all the other fresh fruits & veggies!

I'm re-reading "The Integrity Crisis" - Warren W. Wierbe. It deals with the Church struggles with accountability, morality, and lifestyles of its leaders and laity.........

Kathryn said...

you're right, Roland. . this is a great time of year with the fresh veg and fruit!!! mmmm mmmmmm!!!!

The Integrity Crisis. . sounds intriguing!!

Lindsay said...

That sounds like a really good book, can I maybe borrow that when you're done? Right now I'm reading "Little Women" - I don't just collect antique books, I read them, too! It's alright for what it is. It's chock full of morals, though, as most Victorian literature authored by women tends to be, but fairly entertaining, nonetheless. Mmmm, Byng cherries....!!

Kathryn said...

sure you can borrow it, Linds! Little Women. . ahh the memories!!! LONG time ago for me reading that one, what a classic!

sanityflair said...

sigh. cherries are really expensive here in the tropics coz they have to be imported. it's always a little funny to hear or see bananas and pineapples described as exotic fruits by the west coz they're like really accessible here.
anyway, just finished this book called 'lost souls' by michael collins. apparently it was shortlisted for a booker prize. i'm not entirely sure why though. it was twisty enough but it lacked depth...

Tee said...

This is fabulous writing! Thanks for sharing it. I just read a book was some amazing imagery. Very well written. It was called "The News From Paraguay" by Lily Tuck. So descriptive - so much detail. This lady did her research! ... There was also a lot of challenging vocabulary. It took me by surprise because I read a lot. It was good for my brain. I'm sure of that. LOL.

Right now I'm reading "Be Happy or I'll Scream" by Sheri Lynch. It's hilarious. I laugh out loud every few pages. She's like a modern Erma Bombeck.

Kathryn said...

ooh, Tee! I like the sound of both of your recommendations. . they'll join my 'wish list'. . I feel a trip to Chapters comin' on, baby !!!!!

I am on my morning break now, and after i empty the washing machine of it's contents, I will try to get another chapter in!!!