Saturday, June 28, 2008

Buke Worm

No longer under any obligation to spend every waking hour either studying or pretending to study, I can once again spend the majority of my (sober) free time with my nose stuck in a book. I passed my exams by the skin of my teeth... I ended up with a 2:1, which doesn't quite sound like scraping through, but I can assure you that with a 60% passing grade and a 59% mark in one of the modules, it is scraping through with bloodied knees.

And so, unfettered and free, I managed to get through no less than three novels over the course of last week's holiday. The first was Hakuri Murakami's After Dark, purchased in the airport and read on the plane. I always feel cheated when I finish one of Murakami's novels; their brevity may be key to their beauty but they leave me hungry for more. An English teacher of mine once flattered me with a similar accusation but it was years before I got the reference - he marked me down to a B- and scribbled a note saying that my story was infuriatingly like one of Mr. Wilde's cigarettes.* I thought he was just being a cunt.

I read Nicola Barker's Darkmans next, which I'd bought on a whim because it was big and heavy. It meant that I had to carry a shoulder bag rather than a handbag for the week and that I developed a squint and a hunch, but it was worth it. It was clever, confusing and very very funny. The nightmarish images of Scogin the jester seeped into my own dreams, however, and it made for an uncomfortable week's sleep. I believe Ms. Barker has penned a few others so I'll be down to Rathmines library with a list on Monday morning.

A little light reading then for the flight home; Siobhán Dowd's The London Eye Mystery. It had shades of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in that the narrator, Ted, shares many of Christopher's idiosyncrasies. He makes for an endearing, engaging and convincing storyteller and I found myself reading right through the safety announcements on board our Boeing 737, and all the way through the flight home (despite being a confirmed narcoleptic when it comes to public transport). The book is aimed at 9-12 year olds, and as I am all of 27 I feel I should pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it. So if anyone's got a spacky kid like me at home who'd treasure my copy, email me and I'll post it anonymously, and give them a mystery all of their own.

*A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? (The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)

26 comments:

backpedalbrakes said...

I'll take it, reckon I qualify.

And congratulations!

Felix for Zosia said...

What a great idea to anonymously post a book to someone just because. I love it.

Rosie said...

thanks, Catherine. it's a relief.

as for the book, you could have at least pretended that you had a 9 year old stuffed in a wardrobe somewhere! i'm going to hold out for a couple of days and see if someone with a kid comments. otherwise it's yours - so long as you promise to pass it on...

it's the kind of thing i'd have loved as a kid, Felix. and yes, i know now that you're the Zosia but til you've finished Felix i'm going to keep referring to you as him, by way of a friendly niggle. yeah? yeah! (PS it's a pity you so shortsightedly chose to live on the far side of the world. Catherine and i are going drinking this afternoon and you presumably won't be able to join us)

tom said...

Found a great website called Bookcrossing where people leave books for others to pickup (there's a good few in Dublin). It's a neat little idea.

Does your new freedom mean you'll be writing for us at metblogs now? Looking forward to it!

David said...

Not only is it a great book it won the the Irish Childrens' Book Award this year too...

backpedalbrakes said...

Trust me, given the book rut I'm in it'd probably be right at my level. But I won't deprive the children. Yet.

B said...

I loved wind up bird, kafka was enjoyable but not as good.
Currently using hard boiled wonderland as an incentive to finish other books, have huge hopes.

The only thing my english teacher ever told me was that I always picked the wrong answer in opinion questions.
"You can't say poverty is a good thing for the world to have"
"but it boosts my esteem knowing they're are people lower than me"

Aidan said...

Congrats on your exams, what were you studying? Anything literary?

That bookcrossing Tom mentioned is really popular in Holland. I am too selfish myself, I always want to keep books even though I know I may never read them again. It's nice to have the book to pick off your shelf if you are talking about it though.

Anonymous said...

Some people wrap books in plastic and leave them for other people to take.

In our office we've started a 'library' where we bring in our books for others to read (and leave back when finished).

Billy said...

One of these days I'll get around to reading Murikami.

Rosie said...

Bookcrossing is a great idea, Tom, but when it comes to passing mine on i like the personal touch a little more than i like the element of chance.

which is how i came by my copy, David...

you get Darkmans instead, Catherine.

you sound like my ideal student, B.

we had that in my old office, Anon, but most of the books were of the Barbara Cartland or Tom Clancy variety. not big readers in AIB.

shall i post some to you, Billy? i'm all about the posting things these days.

Rosie said...

it was a higher diploma in translation, Aidan...

Felix for Zosia said...

I actually quite like being called Felix. Yes, it is a pity I am on the other side of the world. As a matter of fact, I used to live in Dublin but that was about 7 years ago (oh my god I am old)

Aidan said...

Rosie,
What languages were you specializing in? This poet writes bilingual poetry English/Irish, I really like it myself, I'll have a Q&A with the poet on my blog today.

Rosie said...

when i emigrate to australia you can adopt me, Felix.

gaeilge agus béarla, Aidan, ard-dioplóma san aistriúchán le Maigh Nuad. níl aon chur amach agam ar fhilíocht Nuala, táim ag tnúth leis an agallamh a léamh.

Wierdo said...

I loved the curious incident of the dog in the night - the most relaxed I've ever been whilst reading (short of falling into a coma)so I'm gonna look that book up!

nuttycow said...

What an excellent compliment.

I'm going to use that today.

"You Sir, are just like one of Wilde's cigarettes."

Haha!

Conan Drumm said...

That's some smart-ass English teacher. But not a bad thing that he expected a lot of you.

aonghus said...

Bhí dán craicneach le Nuala le léamh ar an DART mar chuid de phoetry in Motion.

http://aonghus.blogspot.com/2008/04/saoirse-gaelach.html


Lean ort ag tabhairt pléisúir Oscarach dúinn!

Aidan said...

Aonghus,
Tá an Q&A le Nuala ar mo chuid bhlag inniu, i mo thuarim bhí freagraí an-suimiúl aici ar mo gceisteanna.

Rosie said...

i loved it too, Wierdo. Christopher reminded me a lot of a friend of mine and i liked him very much. his short, stubborn sentences and unshakeable logic, his frustration when people fail to understand him or simply don't listen. thinking about it has made me try to listen a little better.

i see that now, Nutty, but at the time it went way over my head.

he made life difficult for me by being so open about his favouritism in class, Conan. predictably, my classmates assumed that he had an ulterior motive and as an anxious and selfconscious teen, i was mortified by the attention.

níor léigh mé aon rud léi cheana, A&A, ach cinnte coinneoidh mé súil ar a saothar amach anseo. bhí an t-agallamh suimiúil.

problemchildbride said...

Well done on your exams, Rosie. I could never read a thing for pleasure in the run-up to mine either. Then the long delicious summer was always a treat with the books and the beer and the crappy-ass temporary job that paid hardly anything but just enough to keep you in books and beer through the summer and next term.

le craic said...

throwing my hat in the ring : I've got a niece that loves to read and loves to tell me all about the stuff she reads, and i love to listen to her.

Rosie said...

thanks, Sam! the results came and went without much fuss. i'm at a loss for what to do with myself now...

it shall be hers, AJ.

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