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Within a Budding Grove: Shell Beach: 04/01/10
I'm now up to page 570 in Within a Budding Grove. I am still unemployed but waiting to hear if I have a face to face interview. Fingers crossed.
I guess there's too much of a good thing, even for the protagonist. He's tired of eating out with his friends and is back to dining with his grandmother. The return to domesticity, or maybe the boring dinner parties, has his mind back on the girl with the bicycle.
He has tried looking near the hotel and the surrounding businesses with no luck. Now he's being called to the beach, hoping against hope she will be drawn there too. The combination of the unattainable woman and the beach had me singing Sway, a song revised for Dark City. The wife who because of the tuning becomes the girl friend shares a memory with the hero, Shell Beach. The hero believes if he can find the beach he can find the love of his life. In the process of course he ends up uncovering the dark truth of the city and his own role in its destiny.
I doubt that the girl with the bicycle will have the same reality altering effect on the protagonist as the girl in Dark City does but she seems vitally important to him now.
See you back next week for my thoughts on pages 571-600.
Swann's Way posts:
Lisa's First Word, Baby Mine, I Sing the Body Electric, The Lady in Pink, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Caturday, Cherry Blossoms, Marge Simpson, Liana Telfer, Bender in Love, Margaret Dumont, Hyacinth Bucket, Rose, Mildred Krebs, Pepé Le Pew, Jack Harness, Cordelia Chase, Saffron, Thomas O'Malley.
Within a Budding Grove posts:
Nanowrimo, Cheers, Robert Langdon, Kif and Amy, Dead Weight, Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Paris is a Lonely Town, And Then There's Maude, A Cafe Terrace at Night, North by Northwest, Top Hat, Chez Deetz, Ah, My Goddess!, David, Auntie Mame, Brunhilde Esterhazy, Gusteau's, Shell Beach.