Sometime in the past 4 weeks, somewhere between three cities, I seem to have misplaced my driving license. Sigh. Under other circs this would not be so bad. However have just acquired car, it is EXTREMELY inconvenient to not be able to drive. Most errands right now involve getting vehicle from point a to b to c. I’m ready to brain everyone (self included) for having to wait and plan my life around ‘who-has-a-valid-license-and-is-free’
There is nothing more irritating than dependence.
Consolation is in Divisadero. Storyline so far is pretty close to an M&B – young love comes to an end when father of girl discovers couple together, beats boy almost to death, takes screaming girl away from her one true love. Girl grown up translating things in France. Boy practicing card sharp. So far so nice and if it were M&B they would find their way back to each other and happy endings would happen.
But this is Ondaatje. While every page reads like rough, uncut verse sending shivers through my brain, a happy ending is unlikely. Fat Consolation this is going to be.