blog post #3

What new perspectives are you learning about? How has this text allowed you to experience something you haven’t in real life? How does the author challenge you to be open to new ideas or information?

Well, there’s a weird answer and a normal answer.  The weird answer is, I am, through this book, experiencing what it is like to have an affair.  Never doing that.  The normal answer is, because many of the chapters are through the eyes of Iris, an old woman.  She talks about getting older and how she feels like she is losing control; the biggest vibes I get from her is annoyance, really.  One of my favorite quotes from her (I just like the way it is worded) is, “I shouldn’t walk in such heat, it makes my heart beat harder.  I shouldn’t put my heart to such tests, now that I’ve been informed of its imperfections; yet I take a perverse delight in doing this, as if I am a bully and it is a small whining child whose weaknesses I despise.”  After seeing the doctor, she jokes about how apparently she won’t “keep on living forever” getting “smaller and grayer and dustier, like the Sibyl in her bottle.”  I’ve always wondered how much I’ll remember from my teen years.  Iris remembers EVERYTHING. Like, 1929 when she was thirteen.  I don’t even remember what I did the last day of school two months ago.

The author is very mysterious.  I feel like I’m still trying to figure out the plot from all of these viewpoints (which I’m sure will tie together in the end).  It’s intriguing.  Also, I feel like you have to be open minded while reading this book (and any book, really.)  There is an impending theme about class division; there is a lot of social changes during Iris’s life, so I get perspectives on that.

I feel like any good story teaches me not only about the world, but also new things about myself.  I still need to read more to figure out what that is, though.