Coffee: Organic Bolivian Blend, Trader Joe’s brand
I put down a book and decided not to pick it up again. ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’ wasn’t doing it for me. The writing’s fine but the story is too familiar. A divorced man takes vacation in a Welsh town by the sea. He sets himself canoeing. One afternoon, he happens on a damsel in distress by the shore – standing by a red car as it’s about to be swept out with the tide – and picks her up. They head back to his home and he sleeps with her. There’s all sorts of overtures about how she’s the one who comes on to him but she still cries and then she leaves the next morning and he still follows. The notion that sexual assault is simple as ‘direct force’ is dangerously antiquated. Men are given power by society. There’s a necessary responsibility in how to use it.
Long story short, I’m sick – with emphasis – and tired of books about men chasing women.
Don’t take this the wrong way – I’m all for fiction to hit grimy subjects. But ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’ seemed to be a blind advocate of creepiness. On to the next one.
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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