day of driving another 500 miles. Finished a second sock. And came to the realization that I could just give my other 2 single socks to a neighbor who always wears mismatched socks. That meant I could start a new pair of socks. Listening to Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles. We are really enjoying it. Good writer, we stop the CD to comment on a phrase and we love the person reading the book. This is Miles first novel and it appears there is no second one yet, unfortunately.
â€œDear American Airlines,â€ Jonathan Milesâ€™s fine first novel, takes the form of a letter to the titular air carrier, which has stranded Benjamin R. Ford, the bookâ€™s middle-aged protagonist, in Oâ€™Hare Airport on the way to his estranged daughterâ€™s wedding. One doesnâ€™t take this premise literally, of course. As Bennie waits to be put on another flight, he has a lot of time on his hands, enough to miss first the rehearsal dinner and then the â€œweddingâ€ itself (quotation marks courtesy of Benjamin, whoâ€™s just found out that his daughter is marrying a woman), but not enough to write a novel. The premise works though, because, as anyone whoâ€™s ever been stalled in an airport knows, time crawls. It feels like eternity,
Once Bennie has cussed out the air carrier â€” energetically, colorfully, inventively â€” for its lying, cynical, careless ways (yes, exasperated fellow travelers, Bennieâ€™s venting is a lot of fun) and demanded his money back, thereâ€™s plenty of fictional time left to reflect upon his entire crappy life to this crappy point, which he does. Indeed, airport time goes so slowly in the â€œpurgatoryâ€ of Oâ€™Hare that thereâ€™s plenty left over for Benjamin, a former poet who now works as a translator, to read and translate large sections of a Polish novel, as well as to digress into an impressive array of cultural issues, large and small. Bennieâ€™s digressions donâ€™t all advance the story, but theyâ€™re great fun and serve an important purpose by lightening the narrative load.-www.nytimes.com
Tomorrow we finish the book, I knit some more and we get home to our little condo and our own bed. But we do have a nice room here in Springfield courtesy of 'make a deal' on Priceline.com. Again, really nice sheets!