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What I've Finished Reading

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer - in which Freddy is the best and saves the day on several counts before settling in for a carefree life of buying and wearing his beloved waistcoats and clipping all his sentences off neatly at one end like a collection of the finest cigars.

Apart from Freddy being the best, this book was very cute and fun, and mercifully free of homicidal antisemitic caricatures. One of the subplots took a slightly uncomfortable turn when it became clear that Dolph, one of the cousins, is not just ordinarily racing-gazette-and-ballroom stupid, but apparently has some genuine intellectual disability, and his mother is terrifying him into submission by threatening to put him in a madhouse. Eventually a happy ending is engineered for him, but the grimness of the underlying situation makes getting there a little queasy. I wonder now if every Georgette Heyer book is going to be 99% silly hijinks with exactly one fishhook per pudding.

Best Freddy of the book: when Kitty tried to get Freddy to take her around to museums and things, and Freddy was completely unable to contain his dismay and confusion at the existence of art that is too large to be worn on the body. Appalling waste! Also, some of the statues didn't even have heads on them! At one point, he threatens to expose the British Museum as a scam. Oh, Freddy. <3

What I'm Reading Now

We have Island sitting around the house, so I figured I'd knock the last Aldous Huxley off my 99 Novels reading list. It's. . . idk, I don't get Huxley. Like, I'm assuming he's being tongue in cheek most of the time, but I still always feel like I've been trapped in a dorm room with a dude who is extremely confident in all his opinions and doesn't mind telling you why. Maybe if I put a piece of tape over the name on the cover, and also forget that I knew it was by Huxley, I would be able to approach Island with an open heart.

What I Plan to Read Next

A 99 Novels/Mount TBR overlap: A Confederacy of Dunces. I remember it as a partly funny book whose humor was visibly undergoing petrification, but that was almost twenty years ago. We'll see if I decide to keep this one or not.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:24 pm (UTC)
If only they'd put waistcoats on the statues, perhaps poor Freddy could appreciate them!
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:36 pm (UTC)
Arguably! The lack of heads and arms might still be shocking, but at least it would give him something to admire.

(You'd need to put on trousers along with the waistcoats; it's not at all the thing to go around wearing a waistcoat sans trou, even if you are a stone ancient Greek fellow. Not fair to a good waistcoat. And once trousers were on, the statue would be sufficiently dressed for Freddy to complain about any deficiencies in its dress sense.)
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:40 pm (UTC)
They'd have to sew the trousers on - no way to just pull them up over the feet, what with the pedestal getting in the way and all - which ought to at least ensure a good fit, I suppose.
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
Listen, if you can't ensure a good fit for your statuary trou I don't know what's to become of us as a nation. What's the point of stealing 'em if you can't dress your marbles fit to be seen? That Elgin fellow has a lot to answer for if you ask me.
Mar. 22nd, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC)
The British Museum bit is great, but I always feel that Freddy's best moment is him remembering to get Olivia a toothbrush, because if you're getting two hopeless souls to elope, you've got to remember the important things.

trapped in a dorm room with a dude who is extremely confident in all his opinions and doesn't mind telling you why. Maybe if I put a piece of tape over the name on the cover, and also forget that I knew it was by Huxley, I would be able to approach Island with an open heart.

Or not. It doesn't sound like you're a combination that can ever end well - good luck!

Mar. 22nd, 2017 05:25 pm (UTC)
I don't like Huxley!

I always feel like this is a moral or reading-comprehension failure, one or the other, because so many people do like Huxley, but I DO NOT and maybe it's time to just accept that.

You may be right about Freddy's best moment being remembering the toothbrush. But it may also be the case that every Freddy moment is Freddy's best moment.
Mar. 23rd, 2017 11:13 am (UTC)
Freddy is an absolute delight ♥
Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:01 pm (UTC)
None more best! <3 I don't remember what made me pick Cotillion out of all the Heyer recs I got, but it was a good choice.
Mar. 23rd, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
I hope you get through Huxley at light speed! I was reading an interview with an ex-member of the Slits and she said she doesn't read any male authors any more and I've been trapped in a dorm room with a dude who is extremely confident in all his opinions made me wonder if it was Huxley who tipped her over the edge.
Mar. 23rd, 2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hah! I was just about to swoop in and say I don't think it's necessarily a guy thing (Not All Didacticism!) but on reflection maybe it is, statistically if not universally, I don't know. Certainly most of the people who have cornered me in RL in this way have been dudes, though not all. The last thing I read that was comparably didactic was The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, but that took a different form: much more constant self-questioning, even if it didn't actually have fewer lectures broken up into parts pretending to be dialogue.

I've got plenty of favorites who err on the preachy side (Tolstoy, for God's sake!) but they don't bore me, that's the difference. Huxley bores me constantly whether I agree with him or not, and I don't really know why. Lack of interest in and sympathy for his own characters, when he bothers to have characters, would be my guess.

Edited at 2017-03-23 05:18 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2017 03:13 pm (UTC)
Being a bore is unforgivable. If a writer isn't boring they can get away with more!
Mar. 28th, 2017 04:48 am (UTC)
I really need to get around to Cotillion. Aarghgh
Mar. 29th, 2017 01:59 pm (UTC)
You should! Would you like a copy?
Mar. 31st, 2017 02:22 am (UTC)
Ah I have a copy already! Thus my shame :( Thank you though!!
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