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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
A quick read along with breakfast in bed. 
14th-Dec-2005 10:31 am
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-print
Rating: 6.5/10 - It's an entertaining, quick read that might make you pause at the end for about twenty seconds to think about its message.
14th-Dec-2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Electric blankets are a necessity in weather like this! They make it possible to sleep through the night.
14th-Dec-2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
I've never had one before, so this is definitely a "Where have you been all my life!?" sort of moment.
14th-Dec-2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
I've always kinda had an irrational fear of electric blankets, like it might burst into flames in the middle of the night ^^;;
14th-Dec-2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Maybe the old ones...but mine's even machine-washable! ^__^
14th-Dec-2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll get one when I manage to get back north ^_^
14th-Dec-2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
It nicely replaces having the body heat of another person in bed. I figure my parents never sympathized with how cold I was because they always had each other in the bed next to them! :P
14th-Dec-2005 08:10 pm (UTC)

And, the blanket won't complain if you kick it in your sleep ^__^
14th-Dec-2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
I don't kick people in my sleep because I always sleep on my stomach. :P
14th-Dec-2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Well I don't kick people in my sleep either, but primarily because there's no one in my bed to kick ;_;

*sigh* another missing one..
15th-Dec-2005 01:21 am (UTC)
So does that mean you WOULD actually kick people that were sleeping with you if they were there? ^_^;
15th-Dec-2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Well, not intentionally ^^;; Actually, I generally wake up in almost exactly the same position as when I went to sleep, so I'm guessing not too much kicking is done.....
15th-Dec-2005 01:31 am (UTC)
*laughs* I guess you're dangerous even when you're horizontal, huh?

I used to sleep with my cousins when I was growing up, and because I never had anything larger than a twin size bed until recently, I always stayed demurely on my side. ^^;
15th-Dec-2005 01:49 am (UTC)
I guess you're dangerous even when you're horizontal, huh?


I used to sleep with my cousins

Now that's pretty kinky ^_~ (it's fun taking stuff out of context......)..

I've always noticed that if there's some reason to not move when asleep I don't, like if I'm sleeping on a skinny little camp cot, or like when I babysat for my tiny little niece and took a nap with her taking a nap on my chest.. Actually I'm convinced there's some part of the brain that stays fully aware even when you're asleep, but that's just my theory ^_^
15th-Dec-2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Actually I'm convinced there's some part of the brain that stays fully aware even when you're asleep, but that's just my theory ^_^

Interesting theory, but then why do some people roll right out of bed? ^^; When I was at overnight came once, one of the girls rolled right out of the top bunk and kept on sleeping on the floor!
1st-Jan-2006 04:03 am (UTC)
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