The Gift of Rain – Tan Twan Eng
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|This is a little grainy since it was taken on an iPad.|
The island on the left is the bird sanctuary we kayaked out to.
|Makapuu Beach Park|
|Among other things Town had amazing bread and the best foccacia I have ever had.|
And who knew that butter IN a pool of olive oil would be so delicious?
Photo credit: Pursuing Wabi
Between the walls the children green the walls are green the Widow's arm comes snaking down the snake is green the children scream the fingernails are black they scratch the Widow's arm is hunting see the children run and scream the Widow's hand curls round them green and black. [sic--the whole damn, run-on sentence--sic, sic, sic]Granted this passage is a fever-induced-dream sequence, but it isn't so far off from some parts of the narrative that one doesn't know its a dream for about a page and a half. That makes for some tough going. But working through the narrative it is hard not to find the novel fascinating, and compelling and quite enjoyable.
|How does this happen?|
Rushdie and his now ex-wife Padma Lakshmi.
|I wish I had one (or six) of these right now.|
|That is me with the bad posture.|
|Vietnamese Pho. Or what's left of it.|
|Would you believe there is a Neiman Marcus about 200 yards from this?|
|While all the tourists hang out on the crowded beaches of Waikiki there is all of this beach at Ala Moana.|
Granted, Ala Moana has a reef that keeps the beach from getting any waves and keeps the water shallow,
but it is still a great place to plop on the sand and splash around in the water.
The buildings in the midground are in Waikiki with Diamond Head in the background.
|The Byodo-in Temple built in 1968 using no nails.|
A lovely place nestled up against the pali.
|Leaf graffiti at the temple.|
|Chinaman's Hat seen through the trees.|
|A fruit stand near Kuhuku.|
|Surf was definitely up that day.|
|Waiting for a lull to paddle out to the distant surf.|
|Surfer, Ron Paul...it must have to do with pot laws.|
|This gives some idea of how inviting the water looked that day.|
Doesn't the color of that water remind you of a wonderful, giant jacuzzi?
|Double click on this one to make it bigger. Those are two young boys|
and their boogie boards being launched in the air.
|If the angry surf doesn't keep you from going in the red flag should.|
|The evening view from our hotel room lanai.|
|Also the view from our hotel room. Waikiki is a very dense, urban place. |
Definitely hard to find peace and quiet, but it has other charms.
|I was going to say this was our first sunset from our hotel room, but it was actually our second.|
|Me not buying books at Talk Story on the island of Kaua'i.|
(More on that later.)