07 May 2008

Debunking Maria

This post is a random conundrum of various topics, that are currently salient in my head.

First of all, I finished reading the previous novel I was reading. Hmmmm, this is a tricky one. Should I review this one? The thing is, it started good, but ended bad. So, this is a novel about a thirty-something rockstar wannabe, named Curtis. He falls in love with Camilla. The novel is divided into three parts, and the first part dealt with their courtship. Then Camilla breaks up with him. Once she breaks up with him, it started descending into low-quality prose. My goodness, I hated the fact that it had to portray the character as a pathetic human being, a rockstar wannabe, being the butt of jokes and the laughing stock of whole Manhattan.

I initially liked the novel, since it was written in Curtis' point of view, and together with footnotes, it seemed like some decent prose written by a guy. However, once Camilla got out of the picture, it felt like the novel had no target, no destination, whatsoever. I gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

So, now I am going to start reading The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard. By the way, I did not pick this book up because it is in Oprah's book club, rather, I was in this used-book store last year, and I saw this one. So I bought it, and I haven't touched it until now. I guess I could bring it to me trip, and when I am done, just leave it somewhere down there, since I don't have to return this to the library anyway.

Speaking of my trip, everything is already ready. I need to pack though. I will be doing laundry tonight, and then I will fill my backpack of the necessary items I will be needing for the trip. But regarding the documents, passports, yellow fever cards, all those are ready. My reservations are confirmed and reconfirmed, and I am ready to go.

I have met with my adviser this morning. I got my draft back, and I need to revise it and produce a second draft. I need to do it before he heads to Paris on June 7, so I need to finish the revision by June 6. That's why I am starting to work on it right now, and when I come back from my trip in May 20, I will continue on the revision. I have enough time.

Apparently, I need to make some stylistic revisions. I guess scientific writing is a genre as well, and obviously I need to improve on my writing. I have to make a better job of debunking Maria, Maria being one of the proponents of a theory I am challenging. Oh well, I better leave it like this, or else you won't read my paper.

(Never-ending Steps, from my Watkins Glen Series)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you have a lot of things going on in your life right now!

    The trip, the paper, your social and cultural life (which seem to be much better than mine!). That's cool.