Ooo, the making this week! I have one finished pair of Anakin Skywalk!)er socks for Sam! I finished the second sock up yesterday. The heel… oh my! I like it! I did some short rows before knitting the heel decreases. It worked so well! (and I hope it will fit Sam perfectly!) They are drying from their little spa treatment and will be in the mail tomorrow heading to Wisconsin!
I cast on a pair of Chewbacca Socks for Steve yesterday afternoon… J6 Hearings are the perfect thing to knit to! Haha! (Although I had several WTF moments… I mean throwing dishes? Really?) I am cruising through the toe increases and will do a 3×1 rib for the body of the sock. I am hoping heel placement will be easier toe up… I will let you know how it goes!
A slow reading week… just one finish. A book that is coming out in September by Ian McEwan – Lessons. It is full of everything one loves about McEwan novels… discomfort – check, compelling story – check, thought-provoking – check! If you like McEwan, you will thoroughly enjoy this book but you will have to wait until September for it! Sorry about that!
Lessons by Ian McEwan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love McEwan’s writing and his latest book does not disappoint. I was drawn into the at times uncomfortable story from the opening pages. Okay, maybe it is more than at times uncomfortable… I was uncomfortable for Roland for much of the story.
We meet Roland in an awkward moment, his wife has abruptly left him and their child – Lawrence, who is a frequently crying baby. And the story then goes back a decade or so to an 11 year old Roland heading to boarding school. And the story progresses from Roland’s memories. The memories are what provide the most discomfort, as Roland is sexually abused by a teacher at the boarding school. This abuse happens over a long period of time. There is no way this abuse would not have an impact on a person, and this baggage Roland carries with him for the remainder of his life.
McEwan anchors us into the story with the historical timeline. We experience the Bay of Pigs, a divided Germany, Thatcher policies, Brexit, and yes, even COVID. The story is well written and so engaging. I cheered for Roland… I wanted him to step away from his baggage. And when he begins to see what effect it has had on his life and make a new path forward… it is exhilarating!
If you likeMcEwan, you will love Lessons! I highly recommend!
I am grateful for the digital ARC of this book that I received from Knopf and NetGalley in return for my honest review.
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See you all back here with some whimsy on Friday!
Love the socks. I think the novel would be too much for me, I feel weepy just reading your synopsis. It’s why I took on the safeguarding role.
Sam’s socks are wonderful! I hope they fit as good as they look. My experience with McEwan is a mixed bag, so I didn’t download Lessons. I’m still not sure even after reading your review but maybe I’ll give it a try in September. Happy Chewbacca sock knitting!
Love Sam’s socks! The colors are fabulous in them and they just look perfect. Steve’s pair (or first that is) looks good too! I’m knitting brown ones for Fletch! My reading was slower this week as well.
The socks are wonderful! Sam’s feet will be very happy.
I also finished Lessons this week and agree with your assessment. It was uncomfortable and sprawling in its scope and very well written.
Great socks, Kat! 🙂 And I always look forward to a new book by Ian McEwan, so now I can’t wait. (And really. Are you surprised about the dish throwing???? Because it didn’t surprise me at all, actually. Of course he throws dishes . . . ) XO
what a gorgeous pair of socks!! you out did yourself on those 🙂
I will echo everyone else. The socks look great. I hope the next pair goes as smoothly. Throwing dishes, well of course he would.
I think Sam will be very happy with those socks! And I love the picture of your just-started pair — wool + the knit stitch = very happy Katie.
You’ve made the McEwan sound incredible – thank you! I’ll be adding it to my list!