Friday, January 6, 2017

Dishes


A tower of metal and glass
Garnished with last night's feast;
Water and suds,
Scour and scrub,
But the pile is never decreased.

I work the pile left to right
Almost like an automaton,
No piles shrink,
Despite work in the sink--
The chore goes on and on.

Years flow by, rooted at the basin
Dreams, hopes, circle the drain.
Grease skims water,
Fingers pucker,
The unwashed tower remains.

Perchance a day arrives
Where all is washed and dried,
But sitting down,
I look around,
To see my eyes have lied.

Clanging drowns out thought,
Water leeches laughter.
I am not whole;
I have no soul,
And no one to see me shatter.

A Study in Scarlet Women

A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do not go into this thinking it will be as good as a Sherlock Holmes story, or you will be dissappointed. Charlotte is neither as witty or eccentric as her male counterpart, nor are her observations as masterful, but she is a great character in and of herself. The mystery is entertaining if a bit convoluted and I loved the setting. I thought it was a charming, fun read.

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Somehow I made it to this point without having read Wuthering Heights. I always assumed it was about forbidden love and that Heathcliff was a misunderstood romantic somewhere along the lines of James Dean. I also got the impression there were supernatural elements and that Wuthering Heights was a house shrouded in mystery. That I had so many impressions about it, and not necessarily wrong ones, shows how much Heathcliff and Catherine's story echoes in modern literature today. That being said, it was not a love story, in my mind. It was a revenge story. Heathcliffs revenge on Linton of course, but also Catherine's revenge on the both of them for making her choose between them that she makes herself ill. This is a good manual for how to will yourself to die. None of the characters are especially sympathetic and there are very few moments of hope. But it is interesting to see itinerations of it play out in other literature...the most recent I've read was A Little Life...

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Ways A Little Life is like Wutherimg Heights:

Jude and Heathcliff are both abandoned as a baby and left outside the church
Both have unidentifiable heritage
Both are abused as children by their father figures
Both become wealthy and 'respectable' but Heathcliff does not act like it, and Jude cannot believe he is (maybe Heathcliff can't either?)
Lipserd street is WH?  Crawling in and out of Windows
Both fall in love with their "sibling"....Willem often treats Jude as he would have his dead brother...
It is a " forbidden" love... Catherine for respectability sake, Willem had to deal with publicity
Catherine and Willem both die
Heathcliff and Jude both starve themselves in order to see their "ghosts"
Both take their own lives