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--That book ljs recommended? "Atonement"? Wow. The most erotic scene I've read in a very, very long time, if not ever. Thanks, Lori! I also read and enjoyed "Lovely Bones", a beach novel called "Deadly Grace", "The Fourth Hand", "Absolom, Absolom!", and the new Harry Potter.

--Don't you just love summer thunderstorms? The rattling of the windows in their old wooden frames, highlighting the flashes of lightening that make the sunset glow anew? Then the whooshing sound of rain so fast and hard that it's almost a kind of silence creeping over the house, until the thunder rocks you out of complacency again? The way you can smell the storm before it arrives, and the draw to run into the front yard and play in the rain til the puddles are nice and deep? Then the icy chill that puckers your skin when you return to the house, all wet and shivering and completely, utterly alive?

I really do love summer storms.

-- Do you ever wish you could purr like a cat? I'd like to know, just once, what it really feels like to put every cell of my being into a physical expression of contentment. Maybe you should pretend I didn't ask that question.

-- The beach is my favorite place in the world to be. I can't wait to dig my feet in the sand and stare out over blue, blue waves that surely have a hidden intelligence.

See y'all soon!


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Jul. 1st, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC)
What's it about.
Do tell about this "Atonement". I could always use some more smut er, erotica.

Sounds like I should be wishing you happy holidays. Have a lovely time if this is the case. The beach is one of my very favourite places to be. Enjoy!
Jul. 1st, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: What's it about.
Nods. Taking the boys to the beach for the long Independence Day weekend. Short, but always sweet.

"Atonement" is by Ian McEwan, and I don't think I'd call it smut, really, or even erotica although the words, when they don't even touch on erotic content, are erotic in their own right. It's a bit of a coming of age story for a young girl who is destined to be a writer; it's set in WWII. I'm not terribly good at describing stories without giving too much away, but she does something that changes the lives of everyone in her family when she is young and full of dramatics and creative vigor. I recommend it *highly*, very well written and the scene that sets the whole thing in motion is just one of the most erotic scenes I've ever read. It's a little slow to start, but the writer gets down in the human psyche like an absolute master. I really felt as if I understood what all the various characters were going through, in an almost physical way.
Jul. 1st, 2003 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: What's it about.
You make it sound very intriguing. I'm going to have to take a look. If I don't get to speak to you beforehand, Happy 4th July!
Jul. 1st, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)
That book ljs recommended? "Atonement"?

Wasn't that just some gorgeous writing? I really liked that book.
Jul. 2nd, 2003 05:21 am (UTC)
Gorgeous is a wonderful word for it. I was a little thrown off course by all of the glowing reviews everywhere on it -- I expected miracles from word one, but the rhythm of the writing took a couple of chapters to sink in with me. I gave the husband a running commentary on my reaction as I read it, and I went from "eh, this is good, but I've read better, darnit," to "this man is brilliant, Faulkner move over!".
Jul. 2nd, 2003 12:27 am (UTC)
Your post is really lyrical, especially the part about summer thunderstorms, which makes me think of the Lone Justice song Dixie Storms.

Have fun at the beach!
Jul. 2nd, 2003 05:22 am (UTC)
Ooooh. I *like* that song! Actually, I generally like that genre of country music, too. Thanks ma'am!
Jul. 2nd, 2003 04:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the storms description! You make me remember what it was like, before Small Black Dog's neuroses made me loathe t-storms.

Glad you liked Atonement, too! It's a fascinating book, and as you say, beautifully written.

Jul. 2nd, 2003 05:23 am (UTC)
We're kind of living the storms at the moment -- the feelings are very close to hand. Atonement, I think, shook me to my bones. I need to read more of his stuff, because I think I'm in love!
Jul. 2nd, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
I have been wanting to read "Atonement", but was a little worried it wouldn't live up to the hype. If you and Lori both like it, though, I will have to check it out.

I recently finished "The Lovely Bones" as well. Interesting POV, wasn't it? Surprisingly gentle story, considering the subject matter, too.
Jul. 2nd, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
-- Do you ever wish you could purr like a cat?

No, but I've always wanted to be a man for a week or so...just to feel the sex.
Jul. 2nd, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC)
Purring would be neat! Just having that feeling of complete relaxation and in-the-momentness would be so cool! Sometimes I envy my cats their life of ease. *g*
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