description: 212/365


I’m reading The Green Road by Anne Enright. I’m a huge fan of hers, but I’m having a little trouble getting into this one. I started it on the Kindle, then ordered the book and re-started it. I don’t feel like I have to finish it, but because it’s Enright, I want to give it a good effort.

Take a look at these two descriptions that surprised and charmed me–the first one of a house and the second one of a person, the first one because of the disparate things in the list and the second one because of its wordplay.

Hanna loved the little house at Boolavaun: four rooms, a porch full of geraniums, a mountain out the back and, out the front, a sky full of weather.

And Hanna loved her Granny Madigan, a woman who looked like she had a lot to say, and wasn’t saying any of it.

*my healthy action today: paddleboarding!


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9 thoughts on “description: 212/365

  1. I hardly ever order brand new books, but my other favorite blog person, dovegreyscribbles, also loves Enright and reviewed this book. I am devoted to Enright, and as the review said the book was about dysfunctional families, of course of Irish heritage, it seemed right to me! So I actually ordered a new hard copy book! Thanks for sharing the wonderful descriptions.


    • I know, Kirie, the “dysfunctional families” peaked my interest too, but I would have read it no matter the subject matter. With this one, the real book is definitely the way to go since it’s a bit of an interesting puzzle how it’s all going to pull together.


  2. I started it, too, bookmarked, and went off to read Joy Castro’s essay collection, Island of Bones, which pulled me in from the beginning and held me to the end. I’ll revisit The Green Road at a later date because sometimes it’s me and not the book. Enright is worth a second, third, fourth, and fifth chance.


    • Darrelyn, I think it is the book this time in the sense that The Green Road is difficult to get into. [no spoilers] At the beginning the writing seemed a little disjointed–and perhaps for a reason–and just as I was beginning to settle into it, things changed. But I believe I’ve caught the rhythm of the book as a whole now, which there was no way I was going to be able to do on the Kindle.

      Food for thought: There are very few writers I would have put this much effort into. Interesting what you can earn the privilege of doing.


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