I have no words, no words at all, to tell you how happy having an electric blanket makes me feel. No more down blanket that might as well be linen for all the warmth it provides. No more feeling like the overlarge bed is sucking my body heat away from me. No more waking up colder than when I went to bed.
Anyway, I have a whole pile of widely-recognized classics by my bedside that will soon be read. But that's for after all of my responsibilities to the semester and season are discharged. For now, I continue to stick with some obscure authors:Cameron, Peter. The Weekend. 1994. New York: Plume, 1995.Summary
: It's been a year since Tony's death, and his former life-partner Lyle decides to bring a guest, his new lover Robert, upstate for the weekend to the home of his friends (and relatives of Tony's) Marian and John. Joining them for dinner is Laura, who has left behind her actress daughter Nina at home to attend. Unfortunately, Robert overhears Marian say that she doesn't think he is right for Lyle, and when he confronts Lyle about it, Lyle agrees with Marian. With Laura's help, Robert returns home early. Lyle remains for the rest of the weekend, at least helping Marian come to grips with her fears about her infant son, who may be developmentally-challenged.Comments
: This short novel is characterized by its simplistic, easy prose and proves to be an extremely quick and reasonably engaging read. Even despite the prosaic plot and tender expressions of love between ALL of the characters, though, the novel is remarkably depressing; the final punchline to it all is life is like a vacation--you enjoy the time that you have, but as the weekend wears down, you can't wait for it to be over and to return home. Thus does Cameron frame Tony's death, as well as our own, and no one is, as it turns out, really ready to start completely living again. (Though Marian, it seems at least, has taken the first step as both she and her baby burst into tears simultaneously.) I guess I'd hoped that the novel's brevity would, as shorter works so often do, pack a concentrated punch. But it didn't, and I was left with something that was just a touch too lightweight for my taste. Even so, I'm definitely interested in reading more of Cameron's work. He appears to either be an expatriate writer or a writer with lots of experience abroad. That might make for some interesting atmospheric novels.Notes
: trade paperback, 7th printing, out-of-printRating
- It's an entertaining, quick read that might make you pause at the end for about twenty seconds to think about its message.