I downloaded this book on a whim, as part of a goodreads challenge. I needed a travel book and I didn’t really pay attention to the details.
It’s by freaking John Waters! Director of Hairspray! And he reads the audiobook version!
He decides to try to get a book deal about hitchhiking across America, from Baltimore to SanFrancisco. He takes a small travel bag (including La Mer face cream, but forgetting the wee scissors to keep his signature ‘stache trimmed.) He has a sign. He had an orange rain poncho.
The book is really in three main parts: the first two are fantasy. Great RIdes and Bad Rides. Fun-ny. The last third contains the deets on the actual rides.
It’s actually a kind of heartwarming book. He finds out that most people in flyover country are really nice. He meets a young republican in khakis. Sex fantasies, food fantasies, boredom, how to find the best places to grab a ride. It’s all here.
Quite a thrilling piece of writing. Despite being only about 160 pages, it was a long read. I know the early creation stories/myths reasonably well, and Saramago retells them from the point of view of Cain, Adam and Eve’s first son and the one who kills his brother. It feels long because there is so much to think about as you read. Not overly serious, there are bits that sound like they’re from Old Jews Telling Jokes.
Saramago asks a lot of tough questions of God, some of which don’t have very compelling answers (at least in this book.)
I’m on my third book, but I’ve only finished one (Cain by Jose Saramago.) I’m also listening to the audiobook of A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, but this is a fill-in book for when I”m cooking, walking the dog, or folding laundry and can’t read a regular book. It’s also a great read.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
It’s the beginning of the challenge and my hours of reading bliss await. The fireplace is on, the coffee is made, and my first book is chosen: Cain by Jose Saramago.
One of the first mini-challenges posted by our hosts is an introduction questionnaire.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Toronto, Canada (home of the Blue Jays #cometogether)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
This is a hard one but probably John Mortimer’s autobiographical Summer Of A Dormouse will provide some comic relief.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Anything with avocado on it. I’ve got some whole ones for chopping onto pinto bean soup and some pre-made guac for dipping.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m a 55 year old empty-nester. The only things that stop me from reading all the time are domestic chores, genealogy, choral singing, and arts events (opera, theatre, music, galleries.) And I listen to audiobooks while I do chores.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?