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>Readathon: Hour One

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>Pages read: 98
Snacks: The most mangled of my hardboiled eggs with a little salt and pepper; a glass of water
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I started out the Readathon with St. Mawr, a short novel by D.H. Lawrence. Everyone’s battling everybody: Men vs. Women, Humans vs. Animals, True Englishmen vs. Colonialists, Upper class vs. working class…it’s a little exhausting. Lawrence is hitting the reader over the head again and again with his ideas and he’s doing my pet peeve for him: he’s made yet another character an artist. Luckily, this character, Rico, isn’t really very good so when Lawrence comes off a little diffident, it works out OK.

I think that Lewis, the groom who has been with St. Mawr since he was a newly born colt and understands him completely, is the Lawrence character because he’s Welsh, has cool appraising gray eyes and a tangle of black beard. He is praised by Mrs. Witt as being “a real man.” There’s another groom named Geronimo Trujillo (nicknamed Phoenix) who is half-Spanish, half-Navajo and shell-shocked from the recent Great War. So far, he sticks out in the novel like a sore thumb. It will be interesting to see what Lawrence does with him.


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