Monday, August 19, 2013

currently reading

There's been a lot of ink spilled over the past month or so over Marisha Pessl's newest novel, "Night Film."  It's much too soon for it to be available through the LOC, so I decided to start at the beginning of her novelistic career with "Special Topics in Calamity Physics."   This is a BIG undertaking; 500 densly-writ pages centered on the life of Blue Van Meer, a slightly obnoxious, overly-bright, wry teenager and her vagabonding political science professor father.  If you, the reader, are not widely and/or eclecticly read it's going to be hard going.  But if you are, or if you're willing to work at it, this is a great read.  At first I thought it was just the author showing off her familiarity with a stunning selection of literary names, titles, places, plots, characters, etc.  But after several chapters, I've decided she's just having a high old time telling a funny and wicked tale. Her chapter titles read like the summer reading list from an up-scale high school.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

mary ann said...

I loved this, but it is not a quick read.