Monday, November 30, 2009

Long time no see

Well, how long has it been? I'd like to say it feels like only yesterday, but really, it feels like much longer.

Since then I have finished Uni, am working for a national newspaper and as of next Thursday will be a 100 per cent qualified journalist.

In terms of our USA adventure little has occurred in the planning phase.

I think we realise the idea of buying a car might not be so practical, so we will most likely be hiring our vehicle.

...and that's about as far as we got.

In more fun, but less practical news, the progress through the reading list is well underway.

Nick & I both finished On The Road (I seriously can believe Nick finished it first!) and I am over half way through The Grapes of Wrath.

When Nick bought OTR I was pretty surprised. For a man who rarely reads beyond music and sports books it was a giant leap in to spoilt-middle-class-intellectual-discovery.

And he enjoyed it!

I'm like TGOW a hell of a lot more than OTR (and I loved OTR).

I will try to avoid making this sound like an English essay, but TGOW actually has a narrative structure - I love the switch from the family's story to the overview from chapter to chapter.

While the homophobia & sexism in OTR maybe of its time, I still felt my inner feminist boiling up.

You could easily read a lot into the novel, but it's nice to enjoy it simple as a great story.

I'm still looking for USA/America book recommendations - please send them through.