It’s happened. The husband and I were actually talking about something other than the small little details of our life. Phrases of our back and forth look something like this:
Are you picking up from practice, or me? Ummmm….did we really need that cowhide rug? Just so you know…you totally snored last night. Where do we keep the flour in this house?! NO. I had to do it last time. I’m out of clean underwear. Didn’t we pay those guys already? I bought the cowhide rug because it’s so freakin’ AWESOME!
You get the idea. So, when we started talking about books, I got a little bit turned on.
Until……..The husband boy decided to just be WRONG. And ruined the whole thing.
This is a gorgeous book. I’ve read it twice. There are quotes like this one:
The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.”
Or this one:
“Okie use’ ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you’re a dirty son-of-a-bitch. Okie means you’re scum. Don’t mean nothing itself, it’s the way they say it.”
Or my personal favorite:
The Preacher Laughed Softly.…”You know,” he said, “it’s a nice thing not bein’ a preacher no more. Nobody use’ ta tell stories when I was there, or if they did I couldn’ laugh. An’ I couldn’ cuss. Now I cuss all I want, any time I want, an’ it does a fella good to cuss if he wants to.”
You know? Really good stuff. That makes you wonder about the way our civilization is set up. Makes you see the strength that rests in people, and gets them through horrible times.
This could have been a great conversation; one so deep the ocean woulda been jealous.
But no. The part of this literary classic he dwelled on?
John Steinbeck. What a weird guy. How about the end? Where that girl Breastfeeds the old dude?! That’s way too strange for me. Seriously, who writes stuff like that?
It may not surprise you to know, I developed a sudden headache.
But, I must admit, I’ve done my Internet surfing homework…and it turns out, many people are completely put off by this book. Not just Mr. Husbandy Husband. So, what do y’all think?
Was this guy just an old weirdo? As my husband would like to claim? Or was he an amazing writer …who is famous for a reason?
P.S. it’s ok if you disagree with me. But I need more than….ewwww! Breast feeding an old guy!