Tom, Ria, Amy and Emma
most of us...
My Mum turns 75 on Tuesday and she had a party last night to celebrate. Absolutely great night and a little late. I stayed over with her and had to help clear up the carnage this morning before rapidly driving home and taking Ria to a 4 hour rehearsal for the Chess Game.
I’m on my knees now…
Shot on film, maybe ten years ago. A very typical Pego Christmas Day scene.
Jonathan Coe has had me rolling in the aisles in his previous books (The Rotters Club, House of Sleep and What a Carve up) and I’m grateful to Ian Dommett for pointing me in his direction; so The Rain Before It Falls really took me off guard.
For a start, it’s not funny, not funny at all.
And then, I’m not entirely convinced it’s well written. Or is it brilliantly written?
Let me explain.
It’s entirely narrative, in the style of a memoir from an ‘ordinary person’ (persons actually) and so is not about flashy prose.
I cannot honestly work out if this is the book’s great strength (it held me and it was a page turner from start to finish) or dissapointed me in the extreme. (It’s kind of so banal.)
So, I’d welcome elucidation.
The premise is interesting enough; dying old lady reveals life of lesbianism and occasional fostering of neices and blind kids, her life is unfulfilled so she tops herself but not before instigating a mini detective story searching for a strangely loved potential benefactor.
Is it good?
Did I enjoy it?
Is there anyone else out there who is as obsessed by this programme as me. We have it on series link and I can’t wait to see what has happened next.
If you’ve missed this programme, now in it’s final season, it’s about single mother, Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory. They live in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Conneticut. The series explores family, friendship, generational divides and social class.
The show has won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
I don’t know how I will cope when it finally finishes
I should just point out that Jeana wrote this post, In no way do I endorse its contents. Indeed I hate this programme. Mark
It was a post for the ladies really, but there might be some men out there who like it.
Jeana asked me to save an old photo of her gran holding her and her twin brother Roddy (as babies) and then put it on Flickr.
It got us thinking that we had a very similar photo a generation later. Here it is…
My mother made this in a mosaic night school class in the 1970’s. I quite liked it at the time, but I saw it in a new light when I stayed overnight with her at the weekend.
I think it’s lovely.