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In Amnesia, by Peter Carey, I've just reached a bit where he describes a house in a street I knew when I was a child. A flurry of wide eyed recognition and delight at seeing a part of *my* world used in a creative endeavour (as opposed to growing up with an understanding that art could only use, and be inspired by, people and places that are alien to me) followed by an anxious feeling. A fear of proceeding. I had to put the book down.

It is an insecurity I do not understand. If anyone else does, please feel free to explain it to me.


A propos of nothing: do people who live in crazily humid places get sinus infections? I'm just wondering if the constant thinning of mucous through the inhalation of water in somewhere with, say, 96% humidity, would do any good. After all, my GP does tell me that thinning the mucous with liberal applications of saline is really important to help prevent infection.

I could move to the mountains of Vietnam and save a fortune on antibiotics and Narium spray.


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Jan. 2nd, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
I have no idea why you couldn't continue reading. Maybe it's a fear of somebody else having shared your territory, your memories Though why I don't know.

I also have no clue about the humid climate though I suspect that creates a whole other set of problems. Fungus and mould, anybody?

Jan. 3rd, 2015 07:33 am (UTC)
Good point. Maybe what I need is an underwater volcano. Warm, salty water.
Jan. 2nd, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
I did a lot of squeeing about familiar territory reading Amnesia. And Pete's mum worked at the Kodak factory...they lived just near there so I felt such a connection.

Its a good book.
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