Odd Nostalgia

Jun 9, 2006 at 7:41 PM
One is not normally interested in the minutia of someone else's life. The baking of pies, the spreading of tableclothes, the planting of dahlias. These things are not book material. Yet the book "The Stone Diaries" won a pulitzer in 1995 for just that.

It follows the life of one Daisy Goodwill Flett, including her family photos, her family tree, her birth, marriages, and even - eventually - her death.

In conveying the remarkable about the unremarkable, in making you wistful for the sunshine of a walk in late afternoon, it does something unique in book writing. It interests you and engages you in a totally unremarkable life. It somehow leaves you feeling as though the book was something greater than the sum of its parts.

Yes, I know I'm reviewing a book that has been published for eleven years. But I liked it and it's my blog. Besides, the book, having come out, pre-blog, is probably not actually already known about in the bnlog world, since it was published before we all had our global "blog-awakening", it's probably new news to you.

It's my blog and I'll say what ever I wanna. Hmph.

Have a great weekend.