Archive for August, 2006

Ron McLarty: The Memory of Running

Monday, August 7th, 2006

It’s one way to find oneself; go cycling from New Hampshire to Los Angeles, and go through one’s life. Well, losing weight the same time seems a bit irrelevant compared to what Smithson Ide, the main character goes through. He’s a living breathing person, good company to a reader, and his family comes across as believable, and alive, although by the time Smithson begins his journey, the family is dead. But he soon learns he’s not alone, and life throws at him good and bad — are people really so violent so quickly? But it is an enjoyable good read almost to the end, then it suddenly feels we are rushed and somehow the end itself didn’t fulfill all the promise that had been built up. Maybe it’s so in life, too.

Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude

Monday, August 7th, 2006

A look into two very unfamiliar territories for me; Brooklyn, NY from the 1970ies to the present day, and the music in it, mostly of the kind I haven’t mush listened. The two boys, Dylan and Mingus, are alive enough, and their growing up well depicted. Also their different families, somehow I didn’t miss the mothers much. But the magical realism in the book, that felt a bit like an afterthought glued over, it would have been good enough a book without it.