John Irving has an outstanding talent for character development, and these well-drawn characters play a part in a fascinating drama. Is this all about sex, or something more? What are each of the four getting out of this arrangement? Unsurprisingly, one person will eventually call an end to this entanglement, and even though they all know that this is inevitable, it doesn't prevent the emotional upset that ensues.
There is some interesting use of symbolism throughout the book, and Irving's writing style is always very pleasing. I enjoyed it, though it always bothers me a little when the narrator remains nameless. In this case, I'd like to know who to slap, though I admit that by the end, I was pulling for him to make things right again with Utchka, the only one who seems to understand herself and who is understandably very hurt.
In other My Little World News, we watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and I had an awful time following the plot. I felt like a big ol' dummy. The week before, though, we watched The Debt and I understood that one very well, so I'm not completely out of my mind. Good flick, by the way.
I need to start doing more cryptograms, since I could do them at work during slow times. I don't have email or internet access, so problem solving in the area of staying awake is vital. Things may get a tad more interesting a bit soon, though, due to the fact that our branch manager has just given notice, and we still don't have an assistant branch manager. We've secretly replaced your branch manager and assistant branch manager with--nobody. Let's see what happens.
Another little problem at work is temperature. We all know whose idea these mostly-glass buildings were, and she was no architect. If it's comfortable in the drive-thru, it's absolutely freezing in the tiny break room and chilly in the lobby. If it's perfect in the lobby, the drive-thru is too hot and the break room is still freezing. No one sits in the break room anymore. Well, I never did, because it's an annoying place to be, even when it's not freezing. But now, NO ONE wants to spend any time at all there. Luckily, the coat closet is back there, right beside the copy and fax machine. So, if you're coming back to do one of those tasks, and you don't have a sweater hanging in the closet, that's just your own fault. On the other hand, there's hardly a need for a refrigerator, so your lunch is guaranteed to be nice and cold until you're ready to go eat it in your car.
And it's actually time for me to go to bed, so I don't have time to reflect here on how a couple
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