04 March 2011
Seen on the Subway
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
The Reader: Early thirties guy with a shaved head who looked like he should be on the tube in London. He had on a very nice herringbone coat, and one of those gigantic tie knots that are much more prevalent in the UK then they are here. He also was wearing a wedding ring on one hand and a thumb ring on the other. And, he wore his watch on right wrist rather than his left. Does this mean he is a lefty?
The Book: A classic novel that is on the Modern Library's Top 100 List. From the B&N synopsis: "On a single, fateful day in Quauhnahuac, Mexico, 1938, a former British consul wrestles with his demons as his wife tries to rescue their marriage from his drinking problem."
The Verdict: Since I am making my way through that top 100 list I will definitely get to this one sooner or later.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Reader: Twenty-something woman with a camel colored 3/4 length trench coat and a thermal mug of coffee which she drank from illegally. The Metro system here in DC is one of the cleanest in world because it is against the law to consume food or beverages anywhere in the system. Of course the law is not always obeyed but they occasionally hand out tickets for those who break the rules so people tend to abstain. You can carry the beverage or food, you just aren't suppose to consume it until you leave the station.
The Book: What can I say about this one that doesn't give too much away? Written by the author of The Remains of the Day.
The Verdict: I read and enjoyed this book. I look forward to seeing the film.
Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriquez
The Reader: When I first saw this woman she wasn't even reading anything, but she looked like Claire from Paperback Reader. And she had the tell tale signs of a reader like a Barnes and Noble tote bag. I must admit I followed her on the platform at Gallery Place to make sure we got on the same train car. It paid off when she pulled out a book (and even had a bookmark from a public library that read "Live, Read, Love"). And after all the effort to see what she was reading I had to include it here even though it is nonfiction.
The Book: The subtitle fills in what the title leaves out and makes it pretty self-explanatory: "An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil."
The Verdict: Seems kind of fascinating but not enough to make me pick it up.