I didn't get a wink of sleep yesterday because my surgical wound/cut (not sure what to call it) got infected. After a rather crazy night with me cleaning my surgical cut and trying to get the swelling down, blood (and other more sinister fluids) gushing out of my wound in an seemingly endless stream, and me freaking out over the scar that I'll end up with (I have some experience with this kind of stuff so I wouldn't call thinking I'll end up with a bad scar a wild guess), I managed to find a good surgeon this morning. First we headed off to a private clinic, but they didn't have a surgeon at stand by and recommended that I pay ER a visit. Reluctant to do that, we decided to look for my husband's friend who checked me the other day and who has multiple specializations, maxillofacial surgery being one of them. Fortunately, we ran right into him. He had cleaned my cut thoroughly and prescribed me some antibiotics. I had spend the afternoon sleeping for 5 hours straight, exhausted from many a sleepless night and a great deal of pain suffered. Now I'm in a pretty good mood and shape, and ready to write a blog post, filled with some some travel style meditations and book recommendations.
All I'm going to say is sign me in for more Thomas Pynchon, please!!! This was actually my first reading of him, and I was honestly blown away. How is it possible that I haven't read him sooner? Well, it's never too late to discover a good writer. I'm actually happy that I dived into this novel blissful unaware of anything regrading the author, the time period it was written in or the novel itself. That made the reading all the more fun. The Crying of Lot 49 has proved to be such an exquisite literary surprise! If this novel is anything to go by, Thomas Pynchon has a really peculiar writing style but for my personal taste it is simply perfect. The narrative in this novel often felt chaotic, but I absolutely enjoyed its potent mix of wild humour, entertaining characters, delicious sarcasm, social commenting and alternative history! I didn't find it hard to follow at all. Maybe it was because of my mood at the time, but I found myself immersed in the novel. If you want to read my goodreads review, here is a link. I will probably be writing a longer review for my other blog.
Yesterday and today were both 'what a day!' kind of days, with the infection all all. Immersing myself into deliciously delirious Thomas's prose while I was almost delirious myself- what an experience. And how appropriate! I'm feeling better today, though. I'm even in good spirits. As I said, this whole experience has reminded me how much I love reading. Forgive me for being a bit verbose today, but it is quite possible that I have been reading too much lately. Reading good writing is contagious in a way. It influences your brain. It's like a drug, but while drugs make you stupid, reading makes you smart. I don't know why more don't realize that. With the Internet, free eBooks, public libraries and so on, reading is basically available to almost everyone. I wonder why people don't read more these days. But I guess there are many kinds of reading. Blogging is, often, as much about reading as it is about posting. Now that I think that might be why I like it so much. Do you like reading blogs? Or is that too much of a rhetorical question? I mean you probably do, if you are a blogger or a reader of blogs. That would be all for today. Let me know how you are doing. Have a great start to this week!