Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Om Nom Nom Nom

Tick! I tried a food stuff I couldn't pronounce this past weekend, and some other delicacies.

Husband decided to whisk me away to Manchester for the weekend and visit the Christmas Market there.

On the Friday night we walked from the hotel to :

Kro Bar in the Trafford Centre

I persuaded husband to buy the Danish Meat platter for dinner, and it was delicious!

Although he was quite disgusted with the prawn and egg mayo in the middle topped with caviar - ah well his loss!

The following day we visited the Christmas Market in Manchester City Centre. Apologies for the lack of pictures but it was too busy to pull out a camera for piccies.

But ...  I got to try some Raclette from the Swiss stand

and then a Canoli from an Italian stand

Muchos nommage!

Book Reviews - Full of Phonies

So I've been a bit lax on the book reading front and I think I've currently got four on the go at the moment.

To go back to a book from a while ago, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. A couple of weeks ago I went to a talk as part of Literary Leicester, on Catcher in the Rye. When I read it a few months back I honestly didn't get it.

I got that Holden was trying to find his place in life and his apathy meant that all the things he deemed to be phony would never be tackled. His solution was to hole up in a cabin in the wilderness, come on!

But I didn't get why it was so acclaimed, however, after attending this talk, I sort of now do. Dr Sarah Graham, University of Leicester, explained the context in which the book was written and what came before it. I can now see that at that time, it was one of better books which encapsulated the teenage experience and it's sense of disassociation from the world when dealing with grief. (Flip, that sounds vaguely academic for me! eek!)

I think this is one of the books which I needed the classroom atmosphere to digest fully, or at least a copy of the footnotes! Not sure who I would recommend read this, I wouldn't say it's a universal book because the book demands a certain empathy from its reader, because let's face it, some people won't really care about a teenage dropout drinking his way around Manhattan.

I'm currently reading Moby Dick so lead on Ishmael ...