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🦋 Vacation reading

I finished both books that I took along with me to read on the beach; each was in its own particular way, a satisfying, affecting read, and I want to post some of the notes I kept about them, particularly about Saramago's Seeing. This will take a few days to get done -- the notes are not in a particularly readable format right now but it's my hope that I can coax them into one.

I want to retract my earlier suggestion that you ought to read Seeing whether or not you have read Blindness; I think that the two books are at their best when read in sequence and that while you could enjoy either one of them by itself, that would take away a bit from the great beauty of the pair. I was thinking while I read about various ways of arguing for one book or the other as the better of the two -- they are different from one another in such a way as to invite that kind of argument I think -- but in the end the only thing to say is that they complement and perfect each other.

There is also a lot to say about Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go -- and that is the book that I find myself emailing and calling people to recommend -- I don't know how much of it I will be able to get down on paper before I read the book a second time. This book just sucked me in -- I found it completely impossible to put it down and take notes on what I was reading. I can't remember the last time I read a book that so strongly fit the term "page-turner".

posted evening of Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
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Never Let Me Go. What a book! A friend of mine from India suggested I read it. I must have made about 30 pages of notes. It was an astounding read. Carol

posted afternoon of September 10th, 2008 by Carol

Yeah, totally -- I need to get it back from whatever friend it is currently loaned out to, and dig it again.

posted afternoon of September 10th, 2008 by Jeremy


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