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Oh meme, I am growing tired of you. But I will finish you, I will!!

I will tell you of a moment last night.

I finished a really good book (which you should all read: "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet", by David Mitchell), and it was so good, so good, and I was just so excited to find out what happened at the end, and it was so good, so good, and SO SAD, SO SAD, and all of a sudden, with about 2 pages left, I burst into crazy, uncontrollable sobs. I took me about 10 minutes to read the last two pages, because I couldn't stop hysterically weeping. It was a bit over the top. It was about 11:30 last night, and CJP was reading in bed (I was out on the couch in the living room) and he was kind of concerned! He called out to make sure I was ok. I was in full-on ugly, mascara running, heaving sobs. Weird. It was kind of cathartic, though, I think. The book was just so beautiful, and so tragic, and so....AWESOME. I didn't want it to end, but I was so glad to find out the end, and it was (have I mentioned) SO SAD to me, yet beautiful and wonderful and omigod. I might cry again.

I then immediately texted my friend who loaned me the book, and she called me right away and we had a 20-minute phone call that basically consisted of:

-Omigod.
-I know, right?
-SO GOOD!
-RIGHT?!??!
-And [this part]
-Yes, and [this amazepants part]
-And when [this] happened--OMIGOD
-HOW DID THIS NOT MAKE THE BOOKER SHORTLIST??
-Those other 6 books can't possibly be better than this one!
-I know!

etc, etc.

In conclusion, go read the damn book. It's about Dutch traders on a island post off Nagasaki in 1799. I know--didn't sound that exciting to me, either. And it takes a tad to get going, but when it does? OMIGOD. I adored it.

Date: 2010-09-10 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarcasma.livejournal.com
But... but I'm always so afraid of the books that might make me cry!

Date: 2010-09-10 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vestra.livejournal.com
I know, me too, sometimes! But--as long as you're at home for the last 10 pages, it'll be fine. And maybe take off your mascara first. Or, maybe it won't make you cry! I can see people loving it but not turning into blubber. Maybe it was just my hormones or something.

I didn't cry for the rest of the book, but a couple of nights ago I was reading it while waiting for our movie to start, and I started sort of yelping out loud about a particularly shocking turn of events. I may have grabbed CJP's hand and had a bit of an out-loud "Omigod! Oh noooooo!!" moment.

It's really good, man. It's a big book, and a bit dense, with a lot of Dutch and Japanese names that took me a while to sort out, but if you stick with it, it gets AWESOME about a 1/3 of the way in, and stay awesome.

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