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Written like a journal
on January 9, 2013
Ann LeCaire wrote as though she was writing in her dairy or journal. At times it's an interesting read; at others it's rather slow and makes you feel like it's time for a short nap. It also gets repetitive, and it often makes you wonder "Why?"
Keeping silence on days such as Christmas and birthdays did not seem to make any sense - and felt more like creating distance from friends and family than being there to share celebrations with them. And refusing to answer anything, even in writing (despite the fact that she wrote on silent days) also seemed distant and antisocial.
I usually read a book through from beginning to end without taking a break for a while mid-way. For this one, I had to stop about half way through and read a few books before coming back to finish this one. It was just getting too long and drawn out and making me feel a bit listless. In the second half, her story perked up a bit, and her story became more interesting.
This was a bookclub book, and the title made it sound intriguing. By the time I finished it, however, it felt more like I'd read a book by someone tied into a path with no flexibility or enjoyment, almost as if she was trapped with no way out.
I have a lot of quiet time in my life, and quite moments and interacting moments seem part of a normal way of being. It seems rather odd and uncomfortable to make something so pronounced out of being quiet and to structure it so strictly. It's always good to take time for yourself and make time for yourself. But relax. Go with the flow. Breath. Enjoy life, and don't tie yourself in knots over schedules and calendars and can't do's and must do's.