A Death In The Family


First order of business,

girls, check this out.

Next, rain, rain and more rain.

The Canadiens WON yeh.

I finished   A Death In The Family.

I have rarely read a novel of such emotion.

The emotion never lets up.

This book shows the impact of a senseless death, on a family.

Not sentimental, no bullshit whatsoever.

It is a work of powerful social messages,

 without ever being preachy.

The work is also very political, in a subtle kind of way. 

Agee was a man of Faith but, there is criticism of the Catholic church.

The characters are the types,

 I suspect,

that will stay with me for a long time.

This novel shows grief as it is,

 a numbing, infuriating,

leave you clueless,


I understand why this novel was picked as one of the 100 best American novels.

I have never read anything like it before,

 and I doubt I ever will again.

Disturbing and great.

People much smarter than I can analyse.

I just wanted to give you my impressions.

Later girls                                                   



      Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

A good book and nice surprises

I’m reading James Agee’s   A Death In The Family,


His reputation is deserved.

His social realism and characterisations are brilliant.

I am not surprised that it represents a decade’s work.

Philip Roth,

 Ok, I have to say it.


I have given up,

 no more.

I admit defeat, maybe I just don’t get it and you know,

I don’t want to.

I had a lovely evening.

I was expecting to stay home and watch Master chef.

I ended up going to have a beer at a friend’s house.

I have to confide,

 I was apprehensive that perhaps it would be uncomfortable.

I had only met her guy a few times and very briefly.

I knew he was nice,

but beyond that I didn’t know what to expect.

It was very enjoyable and stimulating.

Good company and good conversation always are.

The past week has been filled with pleasant little  surprises.

Walks by the river and intelligent conversations.

After, the summer of Hell,

 perhaps it will be a fall of growth and joy.

Here’s hoping.

Later girls