asher63 (asher63) wrote,
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2019-10-06 Sun: Sunny Sunday, back to books.

I promised myself I was going to get away from the computer keyboard and spend some time outdoors today, and that's what I did. In addition to a quick grocery run, I took a low-key run/walk around the block. It was sunny and cool, temperatures around 64 to 69F during the day.

I want to get back on one of my reading/writing projects this year - my series of Toni Morrison reviews - after a long hiatus. I'm working on TM's sixth novel, 'Jazz', right now. It's set in Harlem in 1926/27; the story was inspired in part by a photograph of a young dead woman at her funeral, and in part by Morrison's discovery of her mother's trunk of memorabilia. The language is magical, mysterious, and mystical, even by Toni Morrison standards. The voice of the unidentified, omniscient narrator is powerful and hypnotic, and you get drawn deep into the characters and their inner lives, their secret loves and obsessions.

Also been reading 'A City In Its Fullness' by S. Y. Agnon. The English edition I'm reading is a selection of tales from the original Hebrew edition (which comprised over 140 stories). It took me a while to warm to Agnon at first but he is definitely growing on me. There is so much going on beneath the surface. (I feel certain that the final comment at the end of 'The Hazzanim [cantors]' is intentionally humorous, since in fact the story is not mainly about the [male] cantors but rather about two women, Miriam Devora and Rivka Henya.)

Tonight, early to bed; tomorrow, back to work.
Tags: agnon, books, journal, toni morrison
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