April 20, 2008

The Sunday Salon

We've just returned from a small road trip south to attend the funeral of a respected and adored grandmother. She had been an amazing person; strong in a quiet and peaceful way. This was one of those occasions where death was a blessing, relieving her of her frail and failing body. She will be missed but we know we will meet her again in a place with no more suffering and no more tears.

Along the way I was able to get in a little reading in small spurts. I am reading The Children by Edith Wharton. It was loaned to me so I feel the pressure to get it read and returned before the Book Police come looking for me. I can hardly wait to review it because it is stirring up so many strong emotions in me. It is essentially about a family with 7 children that are neglected by their parents. My Mama Bear fur is raised and I'm ready to pounce.

In a week my IRL book group meets to discuss Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, which I am totally jazzed about. The movie with Emma Thomson is a lot of fun, even with the very green Keanu Reeves(not his best work). I also have Looking for Hamlet by Marvin W. Hunt on loan from the library. It's a non-fiction work that explores the hows and whys of Hamlet's personality and popularity. It looks very interesting.

May your week be full of many opportunities to read and relax.


SmallWorld said...

I've never heard of that Edith Wharton book! I look forward to reading your review to see if I should add it to my TBR list!

jlshall said...

I believe The Children was a very popular book when it was first published - strange that it's become one of her least-known works. It doesn't get reviewed very often - I'll be interested to see what you have to say about it.

Table Talk said...

I'm sorry about your grandmother but understand what you mean. When Mom dies eighteen months ago it was awful to lose her but definitely the best thing for her to go. I hope you find the comfort you need in your faith and friends and books.

Trish said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss--you seem to be really at peace, though, and I admire that.

Keanu Reeves green? Really? :) He's not my favorite actor, but I love Emma Thompson. I don't think this is a Shakespeare play I've read yet...I'll have to check it out.

Petunia said...

Smallworld and JLSHall-I hope you brought a large cup of coffee because it is a long long review.

Table and Trish-Thank you for your kind words. They are appreciated.

Trish-When I say green I mean "Bill and Ted" bad acting. Not just unimpressive but outstandingly bad.