Friday, September 21, 2018

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell


I'm alive! My procedure went pretty well, or so I am told. Not too comfortable, I would add, and if any of you had left notes of concern, I would have thanked you. Anyway, Jackson says that my reviews are too negative, so I decided to write about this book, which is one of my favorites of all time. I re-read it in the hospital to celebrate the fact that they didn't permanently damage my eyesight, even though the doctor looked like he got out of medical school yesterday. He could have been Doogie Howser's younger brother from the looks of him. Anyway, this book is wonderful, despite the stupid title. In fact, I almost didn't read it because it sounded so boring. Sat on my bedside table for a year getting passed by for books that completely sucked. It didn't help that no one seemed to know how to pronounce the guy's name either. I mean, I'm sure there are Dutch names that people can actually say - like Jansen or Hiddink maybe. Poor planning for such a great writer, I think. But an amazing, moving, compelling book - just what I needed to deal with a week's worth of hospital food. Luckily, most of it had literally no taste, so I can't say it tasted bad, but probably the best thing I had was the prepackaged frosted flakes, so that gives you an idea. And if I talk about the pickle that came with my sandwich on Tuesday, I might cry. Next time I have to go in, I'm going to have to smuggle in a mini-fridge or something, because god knows neither my son nor my daughter was willing to bring me a pastrami sandwich. Jesus.

8 comments:

  1. I enjoy your reviews! Thanks for taking the time!

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    1. Oh come off it, Susie. I know that was you, and I don't need any of your patronizing bullshit.

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    2. It wasn't me Dad - I don't even like your reviews that much.

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    3. OK then - on the off chance that that wasn't Susie, I apologize for my incorrect assumption. But truth be told, even if I don't know who you are, I don't need your patronizing bullshit either.

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  2. Betty Schroeder, Mifflinville, PASeptember 21, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Well I don't know what your name is and this is the first time I have made a comment on the internet, so I'm not sure how to begin. I would first like to say that I don't think that there are enough people our age trying to learn about the internet, so thank you and here goes my first try! I am really excited to meet new people and joining a book club seems like a wonderful idea. However, after reading the book and your reviews, I am a little confused about your comments and what they have to do with the book. For instance, I have been reading the books you have suggested and this last one had nothing to do with eye surgery, unless you are thinking about the A-bomb of Nagasaki during World War II. I once read about all of the Orientals that were blinded by the blast. Can you imagine? By the way, I hope that you are feeling better. My sister had a cornea transplant many years ago and, oh my was that a painful experience for her. She would tell me how strange it felt to have the stitches removed from her eye every week, one at a time as they broke. She lived in Key West, Florida and I really enjoyed visiting her in such a beautiful place. I look forward to talking with you again. -Betty Schroeder

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  3. Look Betty - this isn't a book club, first of all, and one thing I know about the internet is I can write any damn thing I want. I believe just being on the internet actually makes it true. I'd love for you to share your thoughts on here, but don't come on here and tell me what to do. I have two children who fill that role perfectly, and my grandson seems to want to get in on the act. Which is why I'm doing this blog anyway. In any case, thank you for your kind comment about my surgery. It has not been easy, as you might imagine, but I soldier on. I recognize that I do sometimes ramble in my reviews, but if you read some of the other ones, you might find them more on topic. Thank you for taking the time.

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  4. Johnny from the neighborhoodSeptember 21, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    I would read more of your reviews but I'm too busy getting off your lawn. Why do you care about your lawn anyway? And why don't you keep your thoughts to 280 characters like the rest of the world.

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  5. Johnny - I don't think you are from my neighborhood, because if you were, I would have taught you not to talk like an idiot by now. Was that short enough?

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