Sunday, February 22, 2009
I just finished Reading in the Dark. No the power isn't out. That's the book...Reading in the Dark. And I don't know what to say about it. Other than Fool, which I totally blasted this week, I've been pretty ambivalent about writing reviews lately. Maybe it's because most of the books I've been reading have just been mediocre? Which is a bummer, because I'm definitely not inspired to gush about them. Or tear them apart. Books that fall into this category of mediocrity include Mrs. Dalloway (and I don't care who the author is, you can't make me like her), Giovanni's Room (actually, I liked this one, but I still don't know what to say) and a boy of good breeding (although I do have thoughts about what would have made this one more interesting...hmmm, maybe I should write that review after all).
Back to Giovanni's Room, a book by James Baldwin. This is a book I had never heard of until I stumbled across it on a Black History table at B&N earlier this month. Did you know February is Black History Month? Of course, you could argue that Black History is a huge portion of American History, and that if American History was actually taught in a more comprehensive, less "America is just peachy" style, we wouldn't need a Black History Month. Or a Women's History Month.
So. Giovanni's Room. It has a white protagonist. In fact, all of the characters are white. Seems an odd choice, then, for a table meant to celebrate black history. Maybe they were too afraid to make a table for GLBTQI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex) history? Because Giovanni's Room focuses on the narrator's struggles with sexuality and alienation.
As usual, I'm rambling. Maybe I should just go and attempt to finish some of these write-ups? It's either that, or stare at the bookshelves hoping that the next book that I pick up will knock my socks off.