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24 October 2011


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Geez Louise, I read to either learn or escape. This story did neither for me. Did the author HAVE to share this time>

I'm sighing, too, but for all the wrong reasons. Oh, Richard Ford, go stand in the corner.

Well, I guess in fairness you should read the whole story. But I did and it didn't really help matters.

I don't even get the imagery of sighing like cats. Cats huff, and purr, and meow, yawn and stretch, and snore. Do they sigh? Or am I being too literal?

In fairness to Richard Ford, I should have read more than just the one story. I know it. I just couldn't get myself to do it.

For modern fiction that is interesting without being a chore or too annoying for words, have you tried Tom Perrotta? I'm reading his new one now, The Leftovers, and totally loving it. You like David Nicholls as I recall -- Perrotta has that same Nick Hornby readability -- and intelligence about human character. This book of short stories sounds like a chore. And I've never heard a cat sigh, either. Dogs, yes.

Thanks for the suggestion--I have tried Tom Perrotta but he doesn't do a lot for me--something about the suburbs viewed from the male perspective (even when his characters are females) leaves me cold. Although I have been hearing lots of good things about The Leftovers.

I might just have to try some of Richard Ford's own story collections--I do like his writing. And glad I'm not the only one a bit stymied by the idea of a cat "sighing."

You could also put this in the category "People whom I have absolutely no wish to spend any time with".

With the people in the story or with Richard Ford?

The people in the story. If I don't like them, I don't continue.

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