I did a bunch of reading in the past couple weeks. I don’t think I mentioned anything last week other than the Pan movie, so I’ve got some updating to do.
I finished Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I really don’t know what to say about it. I’m glad I read it, but I’m not really sure how to take it. The novel basically covers the English colonization period in Africa and follows a man’s life going through traditional tribe life and into colonization. There doesn’t seem to be any judgment though on which side was good or bad, it’s more just telling the story. It’s pretty harsh and really, the main character is the only one we really get to know at all. Everyone else is very superficial. I’m still processing the book.
After that, I started reading Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple. It’s autobiographical and follow’s Crabapples’s own life and experiences. The woman has done a lot. I’m not quite done with it yet, but I’m sure I will be next week. What I’m really taking away from it is what a crap deal women in many fields get. I mean I knew this already, but this book really gives a good view into that. The art world is like a minefield for women. There’s an unwritten requirement for women to be sexual in order to be noticed and then at the same time, a condemnation for only being noticed because they’re selling their sexuality. Obviously, it’s not just the art world, but we get a really intimate view of that in Drawing Blood. Also, some pretty amazing art.
The owner of the local comic shop here in town has been suggesting different trades for me recently. I gave her a box of stuff to read from my collection and she tries to find new things for me to read. She was the one who suggested Locke and Key (which I’m still really bummed out that I’ve finished). Last week, she got in a book called Lazarus for me to read. It’s definitely a unique world that the writer has built. I definitely enjoyed the first one, although I can’t say it’s great yet.
Speaking of unique worlds, every issue of Paper Girls that comes out pulls me in more. We get (spoilers) to see a time travel story from the perspective of the same character at two different ages. I’m suspecting the story is really about the older version of the character, creatively disguised as being about the younger one.
I’m going to wrap this up. I apologize if it’s a bit brief on each topic. I hurt my back on Friday and I’m not as focused as I’d like to be. Have a lovely week and I’ll check back in next Sunday.