Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is an amazing story. It is beautiful and sad. The story of Clare and Henry stays with you even after the end. I wish I could know more about Clare’s future; it seems so fragmented. I loved the evolution of Clare’s feelings for Henry, the childhood longing to the adult reality. I love Henry’s shock at his feelings of Clare. They each changed the other’s life before knowing the other existed.

Is there any free will in their stories if Henry comes to Clare knowing everything because he travels through time? The same question comes up when Clare runs into a young Henry. Do they ever make any real choices? There is a depressing inevitability to it. Fate or determinism? The added dimension to the story makes the events, the lives of Clare and Henry, seem real.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pride & Prejudice

One of the best ways I’ve been able to stay awake during 4am feedings has been to read. It takes some careful balance and coordination, but I think I’ve figured it out. The first book I’ve finished since having this all consuming baby is Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

I have to say, I love Elizabeth Bennet. I love Darcy too. They are such great characters. I can see why Pride & Prejudice has remained a popular story and Austen’s most famous. The entire story, all the ways pride and prejudice get in the way of happiness, is fantastic. Any one who is a fan of quality fiction should read Pride & Prejudice I already want to read it again.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Photo by Kelly Bystryk
It’s been a while… a long while since I updated my blog. Well, I’ve had a baby. She’ll be 8 weeks old this Sunday. She’s absolutely perfect and now takes up most of my time. I imagine she’ll take up most of my free time for a long time. I endeavor, however, to keep up my blog, my reading and my other pursuits. It’s slow going right now, but it’s getting better. My daughter, though not sleeping through the night, has a somewhat predictable sleep pattern and her personality is developing. It’s amazing to watch her grow and change every day. She already likes being read a story.