Saturday, August 01, 2009

Weekend update

Friday was crammed. His Nibs fell off his bike and I took over his shift at the bookstore. Not the way I want to get work, but.... at least he's recovering nicely. This also means I'll be at the bookstore all week. I may not blog as often in the coming week, but I will be taking my stitching with me.

The past can sometimes rush in full-speed to remind you of long-forgotten happy things: An old friend of mine sent me a link to a book she thought I would love. When I saw the book, I was stunned, in a very happy way: It was The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, by J.P. Donleavy, an Irish New Yorker and Trinity College Dublin alumnus (though long before my time at TCD) who wrote the classic TCD novel. I loved that book, and in the evenings I would read excerpts aloud to my husband and we would both split our sides laughing. I'd completely forgotten about it, so I searched my books and there it was! I think I'm going to be buried with that book.

As if to bolster that, a customer came into the bookstore yesterday evening and it went like this:

Him: I'm looking for a book that was being discusssed on CBC Radio. It's called A Confederacy....

Me: ...of Dunces.

Him: Yes, that's it. I don't know the author's name...

Me: John Kennedy Toole.

I launched into the story of how the book was published, and recommended it highly (we didn't have a copy), and resisted the urge to tell this stranger about The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Because in my mind these two books are similar though very different. Naturally I have my own copy. I will probably be buried with this book too!


  1. Anonymous5:08 p.m.

    .....................don't need to read a book to split my sides!.......I only have to read your blog!!!!!!!....They both sound like a good read though!

    Have a happy weekend!

    Anon the Elder......OXOXO

  2. Oh Boy!
    I am so getting that book!
    My sis and I are going to Ireland in May and I am going to read all of the Irish-connected books that I find! Thanks.

  3. Sounds like and interesting read. I like that you work in a book storey. Have a great Sunday.

  4. Hi Colette, I love your sewing sampler.. it is sweet..
    sorry I haven't been around .. my head has been in a very odd place xoxo

  5. Hi Colette, I shall have to look out for the book, but I really wanted to say that I love the stitching that you ae showing in progress and look forward to seeing more of it some time

    Sending good wishes your way,
    Carolyn xx


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