I told my friend Yia about my blog, and said that I was having trouble writing regularly. I would like to post an entry every day, but it’s not every day that I finish a book or try a new kind of cracker. I mean, I could finish a book a day, but then I wouldn’t have time to work, and I could eat a new kind of cracker every day, but then I would have half-empty cracker boxes filling my kitchen. I guess I should have thought of this wrinkle before I started my blog.
Anyway, she suggested I read shorter books, and she loaned me Griffin and Sabine (the first book in the Griffin and Sabine trilogy by Nick Bantock) to help me out with this goal. I finished it in the car on the way home (don’t worry, I wasn’t driving). Now I desperately want to read the rest of the series! Help! I did read the trilogy before, when the books first came out (in the early nineties), but I was too cheap to buy them, so I just read them in the bookstore. I felt guilty about it, especially when I was taking the letters out of their little envelopes so I could read them. But I did it anyway. I just wanted to find out what happened! I have this problem sometimes, when I am reading a book that has some element of mystery or suspense to it (so, practically every book ever written), that I start reading more and more quickly as I get near the end because I just want to find out what happens. Unfortunately, that often means that I start missing important details and then I don’t understand the ending when I get to it. That’s what happened to me last time I read the Griffin and Sabine trilogy, but this time I’m going to do it right. So, right now I know that Griffin is a lonely artist and he starts receiving postcards from the mysterious Sabine, who lives on an exotic island and (supposedly) see visions of Griffon’s paintings (drawings?) as he creates them. Griffon starts to think that maybe he is going insane, and at the end of the book he has disappeared. I know that a griffon is a mythical creature with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sabine uses a lot of bird imagery in her art, so I wonder if she is supposed to be a part of or a projection of some part of Griffon? One thing I notice on this reading is that Griffin's parents died early in his life (when he was 15, I think), but he wasn't sad about it at the time or later. That seems very strange. And perhaps significant?