Four more days of puppysitting. I wonder how many more urine stains, little turds, and puddles of vomit I'll have to clean up.
On the bright side, though, I'm going to make it over two weeks on less than $55 worth of food. (And I do *not* eat junk food.) Go me. :P
In the novel arena, I decided to take a break from the Kushiel's Legacy Trilogy and read a bit of lesbian fiction instead:
Bird-Eyes by Madelyn Arnold
Sometimes I think that difficult books win awards because people figure a book that's impossible to understand has to be brilliant. I'm fence-sitting, I suppose, regarding this lesbian reimagining of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; the author nurtured some serious ambitions in her prose, but I'm not convinced that it entirely worked. Anyway, the protagonist is Latisha, a sixteen-year old girl committed to a mental institution in 1964 for being a prostitute and a lesbian. There, she meets Anna, a deaf woman whose own defiance eventually inspires Latisha's own. By the end, normalcy in the form of one of the staff, Miss Hart, gets taken out, and where does Latisha flee to? Why San Francisco, of course, where it never snows! *urk* Can we say cliched? Even so, the novel has a lot going for it, most notably a very distinctive and non-traditional prose style. Post-modern to the max. The mental hospital is beyond nightmarish; female patients get raped by male ones, attendants not doing enough to stop it. Attendants bribe patients for sex or practically force attentions upon them. Pills to the max, sadistic use of ECT and aversion therapy, etc. Is this an allegory for the hostility of society toward gays? Maybe. Is this based upon the author's actual experiences in a mental hospital? Quite possibly. In fact, I favor the latter interpretation, and if the novel lacks clarity, that is because the author herself doesn't completely know what to make of what has happened to her. Ironically, though the author finds traditional ideas of femininity difficult to model, she ultimately advocates flight and forgiveness, two very female principles. So, this is not a political novel so much as a personal one. Make no mistake about that.