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15 October 2008

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Call the experiment, "Champagne, my dear?" I think you Christopher Walken fans will understand. Christopher Walken creeps me out and amuses me, and was something else in Sarah, Plain and Tall (gentle, sweet, shy?). I don't think I will read the book, though. I just can't take violence anymore. Might have to do with children and age, although leaves skittering across the road the other day made me want to re-read Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Sleeping holding onto another person? My husband and I don't see how anyone does it. We think it only happens in the movies, where it stops as soon as someone yells cut.

Ah, the cham-pagna skit from SNL. I totally heart Christopher Walken, even if he's a weirdo too.

And, dude! I just put "Something Wicked This Way Comes" on hold at the library--time to read it for October!

Yeah, the sleep holding. I totally think it's a myth too. It was still kind of a neat paragraph, I thought. Perhaps the idea that it was very out of the ordinary, very vacation-like. See? I lose all coherence around McEwan. I just liked it, okay? :)

Also: did you know Walken was the other person on the boat with Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood the night Wood drowned? Weird stuff, man.

I think I feel the same way about Joyce Carol Oates that you do about Ian McEwan. All of Oates' books are creepy and dark and have tragedy and sexual abuse and other things I don't like to read about, but I somehow always love Oates. I think it's her writing style, which is very fluid and impressionistic, or something, but I can't quite put my finger on it either.

This one creeped me out something serious. I continue to read McEwan because I think he is masterful at portraying miscommunication, misunderstanding and our reactions to them. His earlier books have a higher oddity content, but there are still some good ones, like the strange Black Dogs.

Kim,
Oh yeah, Joyce Carol Oates. Sometimes I forget about her. I think you're right about the same kind of creepy appeal, though--I can't say I loved her horror novel Zombie, but I certainly remember it. Talk about shivers up my spine! Which novel of hers would you recommend? I feel like I should read more of her, but she's so prolific there's almost TOO many to pick from.

Tripp,
Yeah, creepy. I hear "The Cement Garden" is creepy too. You also make an excellent point about miscommunications and misunderstandings--that was a huge part of the genius of "Atonement," I think. Thanks for putting it into words.

I've been meaning to try out McEwan, so maybe I'll start with Comfort. I don't mind a bit of creepiness, and I like the sound of that sense of doom while you're reading it. Thanks for writing about it!

I too have become an Ian McEwan lover. Again I'm not sure what it is about them - beautiful use of the language, minute detail, often a violent or strange act. Maybe we just enjoy the perverse.

I hope you enjoy Enduring Love. We have just read it as a book group, myself for the second time. What I love is the ambiguity - at times you don't know who is the mad person.

For those who have only seen the films - don't - we watched the film of Enduring Love for book group - the story was changed so much as to be almost unrecognisable and it certainly missed the tension and ambiguity of the book. It was only bearable because of the aesthetically pleasing Daniel Craig.

Brian,
If you read this one, stop back in and let me know what you think, okay? I don't know that I had a sense of doom while reading it, but there was definitely a sense of unease.

Heidi,
Yes, I'm pumped about "Enduring Love." What an interesting choice for a book group! Was it popular or was it more reviled than loved in your group?

Mmmm Daniel Craig. He's the only thing that made "Sylvia" watchable too. I can't WAIT for the Nov. 14 release of the new James Bond movie, which I shouldn't be excited about, but I can't help it. I'm weak.

The three Oates books I have read that I liked were The Falls, We Were The Mulvaneys, and The Gravedigger's Daughter. I think I liked We Were The Mulvaneys best, but it's been awhile since I read it. I've never read Zombie.

==> "Walken was the other person on the boat with Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood"

I did not know this. Christopher Walken is amazing and creepy and pops up everywhere.

Kim,
Thanks for the Oates suggestions. I loved the Mulvaneys cover and always wanted to read it (struggled with the subject matter, though)--maybe I'll try the Gravedigger's Daughter. Good title.

Care,
Yeah, Walken gets around. Crazy stuff indeed.

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