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Friday Mishmash

valeriaWhat happens when a 58-year-old woman and a 68-year-old woman fight over a widower potter in a village? It’s more than drama. Ibolya owns a tavern. She wears garments that stretch to the seams. Valeria is a spinster who finds fault with everything and everyone in Zivatar, even the vegetables. When they both have the eye on the potter, it’s almost like the third world war. But I don’t buy the story so far, not because Fitten chooses to write about intimacy of the over-sixty set, but because it’s not believable. It is light in the style of Italo Calvino who uses humor to point out the foibles of society. The fable-like story has a somewhat slapstick feel. I’ll have a follow-up with a full review later.

For the participants of the Gone with the Wind read along, I’m slowing down since I have devoured the first three parts of the novel in no time. I have turned my attention to the historical period and study how closely and authentically Margaret Mitchell has portrayed the time period. I will post more thoughts and reflections on the book but won’t pick up reading again until everyone is on the same footing, so to speak. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s comment and am in the process of compiling a post that collectively addresses to your thoughts.

Scarlett might be self-centered and a tad vain, but I admire her courage to be different at a time when women were no more than chess pieces. Her stubbornness, or maybe her singular devotion to Ashley, might have caused her pain. She cannot succumb to the notion that “you can love somebody even if you’re not with him.” That’s belittling love. I ask the same question Scarlett does: Why do some of us feel things that people we love can’t understand?

From Whitney Houston, All at Once
All at once,
I finally took a moment and I’m realizing that
You’re not coming back
And it finally hit me all at once
All at once,
I started counting teardrops and at least a million fell
My eyes began to swell,
And all my dreams were shattered all at once

All at once,
I looked around and found that you were with another love
In someone else’s arms,
And all my dreams were shattered, all at once
All at once
The smile that used to greet me brightened someone else’s day
She took your smile away
And left me with just memories, all at once

8 Responses

  1. Thank you for allowing us lackeys to catch up with you. I am about at the point you were after your rainy day reading binge. I was hoping for 200 pages by Sunday, but I’m not holding my breath, based on how my weekends go!

    It is interesting, your attitude towards Scarlett. I find that I am a bit sympathetic towards her as well. I wasn’t so much toward the Scarlett in the movie…on film, she comes across like someone I’d like to smack. But in print, she is a passionate, fiery, opinionated (albeit self-centered, which is expected of any sixteen year old) independent woman. Perhaps the character is exactly the same, but with more insight to her thoughts on paper.

    I do believe that she is in love with the idea of love when it comes to Ashley. She would be seriously discontented soon after marrying him, had she had the chance. For so many, the fact that they CAN’T have them makes them all the more attractive. That doesn’t diminish what she feels for him, however.

  2. I finally got my copy of GWTW yesterday, and I’m on page 111. Reading fast to try and catch up! I’m enjoying it!

  3. thanks so much for slowing down…I’m exhausted just trying to catch up with you…I’m on page 105 and have plans to really read a lot over the weekend!!

  4. GWTW is one of my all time favorites. I’m glad you’re enjoying it too!
    I think the answer to your question about why can we feel things that people we love can’t understand, in this case, is that Scarlett doesn’t love Ashley so much as a fantasy version of him. He can’t understand her because he’s not hte man she thinks he is.

  5. I remember not really liking Scarlett in the literal sense (I would have hated to be around someone so vain and frustrating…), but loving the way she’s drawn as a character. Like everything in “Gone With the Wind”, I was pretty split between love and hate…

  6. I have not read Gone With the Wind yet. Will have to eventually. It is my mom’s favorite book. 🙂

  7. I’m not reading along, but read GWTW ages ago and really enjoying your read-along posts.

  8. I am definitely not reading very fast. Work is getting in the way of my life recently. I’ll do my best to pick up the pace.

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