Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Started...I Finished

There's been a lot of buzz about The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. It got a mention in O: The Oprah Magazine. Need I say more?

I admit it; I was leery. The main character is able to sense emotions in food. Any talk of emotions and food makes me think about Like Water for Chocolate.

I started The Particular Sadness...and I finished. Because most of the Edelstein family has some extrasensory perception, it reminded me of that animated flick The Incredibles which I adored, by the way. Rose tells the story and is the super taster. About her brother she says:

Mom loved my brother more. Not that she didn't love me -- I felt the wash of her love every day, pouring over me, but it was a different kind, siphoned from a different, and tamer, body of water. I was her darling daughter, Joseph was her it. (48)

I also liked when Rose characterizes her father:

The best way I can describe it is just that my father was a fairly focused man, a smart one with a core of simplicity who had just ended up with three highly complicated people sharing the household with him...(103)
Lest you think that I kept my head in a book all day, I went climbing. As we were finishing up, Patti thought about climbing a few more routes since she arrived after Mike and I.

Mike: It's not a competition.
Patti: Apparently, it is.
See how I have to keep the peace?

Route Tally for Oct. 7th

Slabtastic, 5.6
Oh My God! There Is a Crux!, 5.7
Grab the Jug, 5.8
Life in the Pack, 5.8
Steller's, 5.8
Photosynthesis, 5.9
Six Week Warrior, 5.9

Hope that you are or have been some one's it and that you don't live with too many complicated people.


  1. Sounds like the show Pushing Daisies, which was fantastic but our normal viewers were not ready for such a thing.

    I have been wondering where you were - worried about you.

  2. Angela,

    Thanks for checking in... ;)

    Haven't watched Pushing Daisies but I'm gonna check it out.