Can’t stop myself from typing this observation — The city of Montreal, right smack in the Latin Quarter, is more quiet on a Thursday in the middle of the day, than Newton Center (where I live) is at 7:08 on a Sunday morning.
I know they are rushing to finish to elementary school renovations (why exactly did they wait until mid-August to seriously get to work?!), and that it will be over soon — but it is tiresome, this invasion of noise. And it has been all summer long — between road repairs, Route 9 development, tree care, and the endless rounds of lawn crews.
After finishing “Freedom” and wondering, “Who WRITES a book like this?” I couldn’t help but order Franzen’s memoir from Amazon – “The Discomfort Zone“. In one passage he describes how much easier it is to tolerate noise in NYC, because you expect it, whereas the assault of sound in the suburbs rankles. I couldn’t agree more! I hate, too, having all the windows closed for whole swaths of a day, especially when the air is as fresh and cool as it is today — just to keep the noise down. (BTW, the memoir goes a long way to understanding “Freedom”).
Speaking of books, moments ago I finished Kevin Barry’s dystopian novel of West Ireland, “City of Bohane“. Fantastic! “Rip snorting” says one blurb, and I couldn’t agree more. For one thing, I absolutely loved his devotion to describing his characters’ outfits. Sprinkled throughout the book is the line “He wore:” followed by detailed descriptions of clothing in a new paragraph (fanciful, wild, colorful clothing). The book has a Clockwork Orange feel, but distinctly Irish.
* There are two local pix, actually — the quilts above; and the backside of the bleachers further up.
Canada looks vast…or perhaps that was just on-the-road shots…and you remind me of how much I love open windows and air flow…and how much I miss reading which has become tiresome with the cataract vision. I love those cloths.
Canada is vast and I had the opportunity this trip (because we were at a B&B – other couples from Toronto) to learn just how vast (and how little I know about the geography)…. the land before you get to the St. Lawrence River has that big sky and broad shoulder of earth you see in the pix – very different from the hills of Vermont.
I saw you got your glasses fixed, Michelle, but not enough to ease ‘the peepers’ (as Kevin Barry would say) for reading? I’m sorry to hear that because I know what a wordsmith you are.
Hi Dee — I read Freedom but it’s been a while and now I don’t remember how I felt about it. Should make yea or nay notes on my book list. I always like and appreciate a little book talk in a post! xo