Thursday, October 21, 2004

One Hundred Years of Solitude

11/3/04 Book Group Selection - postponed

Took me a long time to finish this book. Not my favorite. Too many words and I wonder about the quality of the translation. I had a difficult time keeping all the characters straight since they all had similar names throughout the generations.

My favorite parts were before the modern world started to infringe on the village. I enjoyed the gypsies and the history of why the location of the village was selected. As soon as the revolution started, I lost interest.

I enjoyed the mystical parts, but after awhile I just wanted it to end. Once the original generation died, I wasn't interested in what happened to their descendants.

Other books it reminded me of were Like Water for Chocolate and House of the Spirits. I would recommend these over One Hundred Years of Solitude.

A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That : A Novel -- 3 Stars

11/4/04 Book Group Selection

Dinner at Clark's in Lake Oswego.

This book is written from the viewpoint of three women. Rachel, the main character, is struggling with her mother's battle with breast cancer. Her method of coping is promiscuity and clinging to her mother. The relationship of the mother/daughter was never close until the cancer diagnosis. Now Rachel has moved in and can't cope with her mother dying.

Georgia, a teenager who gets no love at home and turns to boys/men, to fulfill her need for 'love'. She is connected to the other character, Ella, because Ella is a counselor at the Women's clinic that Georgia uses for treatment of her various STDs.

Rachel is Ella's poetry professor.

The underlying theme is the unhealthy relationships that exists between these women and the men they choose.

After bookgroup discussion, I had more appreciation for the story. Probably would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, October 18, 2004 - Course Critic - Course Critic

Review for a great looking Riverside, CA Golf Course.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Rosie Posted by Hello


Rosie & Sassy Posted by Hello

Women's Work/Recipes & Crafts/Caramel Dumplings

Women's Work/Recipes & Crafts/Caramel Dumplings
Caramel dumplings are a family favorite. The original family recipe has been lost, but here's one I'd like to try.