Third Time Lucky

Well, here we are in October and another week has passed by in a blur. Only one notable thing happened to me this week: I received and started to read Amor Towles’s new book The Lincoln Highway.

I’m only on page 63, so my feelings could change, but so far, it’s great! Set in the early 1950s, the story follows three young men and a boy on a cross-country road trip.  The passage at the front of the book sets the story up beautifully:  

Evening and the flat land,

Rich and somber and always silent;

The miles of fresh-plowed soil,

Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness,

The growing wheat, the growing weeds,

The toiling horses, the tired men;

The long empty roads,

Sullen fires of sunset, fading,

The eternal, unresponsive sky.

Against all this, Youth…

From Willa Cathers O Pioneers!, which I have not read but know that my DP has, the stanza reveals that we are not in for a typical coming-of-age lark but something infinitely more complex and satisfying. I’m betting Mr. Towles will remind us of what binds us all together, rather than beat us over the head with the things that tear us apart, as seems to be the goal of so much modern literature. Despite all the other things I should be doing, I’m going to spend a lot of the weekend reading!

Then, on Monday, I’m going to head down to Syracuse for a lightening visit with my eldest son. I get Monday and Tuesday off for October break, so I thought it would be fun to visit James, do a little antiquing, go out to dinner and then to a movie if we can find anything to watch. Right now, the choices do not look particularly promising: a bloated 2 hour and 45 minute James Bond movie; a martial arts Marvel hero flick, or a weird and unsettling Icelandic horror movie. Whatever we end up watching, I’ll have something to post about next week!

Before I run into any additional WordPress problems (I’ve been encountering an unusual number this post, hence the title), I’ll sign off and get back to my book set in a simpler time, when technology did not intrude so much into our lives.

Have a grand weekend!