The other day I mentioned that I was having trouble deciding which library book to begin next--the Blazing World, a novel by Siri Hustvedt, or Empire of Things, which is a comprehensive history of consumerism from the 15th century to the 21st. I ended up reading e-magazines from the library that night. Yesterday I went in a completely different direction. Since we were going to Buncrana, I needed bus reading. I thought of the slim volume of life stories we'd gotten at the fete a few weeks ago. It was perfect!
Another story was about the coming of the electric light. Alice Taylor has talked about this in her books and every time I read something like this, it reminds me of a conversation I had with an older woman in Ballinrobe. I was chatting with her at my neighbour's birthday party and she was telling me about how she'd gone to Chicago to stay with an aunt and uncle in 1966. She would have been in her late teens or early 20s then. She said she arrived at Christmastime and was bedazzled by all of the lights everywhere. When she'd left Ballinrobe, they had a single bulb hanging from the ceiling. Electricity--especially in rural areas--is a pretty recent thing and older people here remember living without it and what it was like when it came.
Before we left I started reading this book--Bill had requested it and was ready to return it, so I wanted to read it first. I finished it last night.
As we were leaving this morning to go to the library, we ran into the postman, who had some thread for me. Yay!
Time to make some lunch and then make a decision on what to read next.