le plus loin le plus serré

le plus loin le plus serré
mourning art

in memoriam

"yet I tell you, from the sad knowledge of my older experience, that to every one of you a day will most likely come when sunshine, hope, presents and pleasure will be worth nothing to you in comparison with the unattainable gift of your mother's kiss." (Christina Rossetti, "Speaking Likenesses," 1873)

Saturday, July 21, 2007




I just finished THE BOOK. shockingly, it only took a little over five hours. i'm sure i missed a million things.

but i am a satisfied reader, mostly, except for the epiloguey part.

Chapter Thirty-Three was my undoing. I've always had my own set of opinions about Severus Snape, and this chapter confirmed many of them (in a much more detailed, elaborate way than I'd ever thought through). THE moment of the book that got me is on page 687, and here is the dialogue:

"After all this time?"

oh god. the tears.
the sobbing.

goodness snakes alive.

what a book!

there were some horrendous moments. Hedwig, dobby. some wonderful moments: Neville, Luna, Kreacher.

some of it, I think, is a bit of a cop-out. mostly, though, not so much. The epilogue seems like a sneaky foreclosing of possibilities, but I can live with that.

The Dursleys were not wrapped up sufficiently for me. But i can handle that, as well.

This book clipped right along. It was tremendous.

I am pleased.

and now, I need some sleep!


Libby said...

me, too--about ch. 33. Tears just pouring out.

I'll have to read it again, of course, but on first read it satisfied.

Monica Edinger said...

Same here. Tears that is.

And I think the best word, one everyone uses (Cheryl Klein did months ag) is satisfied.