Neil (nt) wrote,
Neil
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Books & coffee

My vacation reading was Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne. It's an 18th Century comic novel. I have the Penguin Classics edition, which has extensive endnotes. I found these helpful in explaining some of the euphemisms, intellectual controversies and personalities of the day. I suspect there is much more that the annotator missed, and I suppose only someone who lived at the time could catch all of Sterne's satire. But the book is entertaining even without that knowledge. It is essentially a long series of humorous digressions, narrated by Tristram Shandy, who intends to tell his life story but instead talks about everything else, especially his father, his Uncle Toby and their histories.
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When I was in Honolulu, I went to Starbucks one morning and had a latte and an oatcake. I really liked the oatcake; it was dense and tasty and filling. With the coffee, it made a great breakfast. I've been to a few Starbucks since then, but they didn't have oatcakes. Turns out they are only available on the island of Oahu, where they are very popular. Highly recommended if you find yourself on Oahu (and there are recipes at that link if you never do).
Tags: hawaii 2008
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