Friday, October 21, 2011

October Weekend & Operation Napoleon

Here I am, Friday evening, and I'm sinking. Yes, a tooth gone crazy with pain, and that's where I am.

I've been reading Arnaldur Indridason's new novel Operation Napoleon, which leaps from the time of World War II to the days of 1999. Yes, indeed, as many have pointed out, this novel is quite a departure from his detective novels set in Reykjavik. I'm into this novel, but not wholly, thoroughly committed yet, largely because I simply haven't had the time to sink my teeth into it.

I am so dispirited that I haven't been able to continue my reading as I did all summer. ALAS!! So sad! How I wish those free days were upon me again! I'm so nostalgic about them. And I'm ever so frustrated that I haven't been able to keep up my posts on this blog. Please know that it's not a permanent condition.

Today I did not go to bed, but tomorrow, that's where I'm headed. I am not a hero when it comes to extreme pain. I want to read. Let's hope I can become lost in a book that will let me forget THE TOOTH #12!


  1. oh hope tooth sorts its self out nothing worse than toothache ,all the best stu

  2. Thanks so much, Stu, for your good wishes. I'm afraid I'm headed for a root canal. But the good thing is, a great book can make you forget your pain!


  3. I've been away for a few days, so just now dropping in to say I hope you feel better soon. Personally I was not that impressed by Operation Napoleon so maybe it is best to give it up and go for something better? (Have you read Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin? I just have and think it marvellous, goodness knows why it is marketed as a crime novel.)

    I hope the toothache is better, I recently had a terrible toothache, I looked as if I'd swallowed a golf ball. I had been too scared to go to the dentist. It turned out (when I finally did, driven by the pain!) that my teeth were fine and what I had was an infection of the parotid gland -- a gland I'd never heard of before but is situated below the salivary gland. Luckily, some antibiotics cleared it up, I hope (fingers crossed).

    Thanks so much for your kind, recent comments over at Petrona, by the way.

  4. I'll be thinking about you, hoping you can get the treatment done quickly! I also hope you can get back into more reading and blogging but I know how difficult it must be for you, not having so much time now.

  5. I hope Operation Napoleon takes your mind off your tooth. I really enjoyed the book.

  6. Maxine,
    I should have heeded your advice about Operation Napoleon, but, for some reason, I can't give it up.

    Parotid glands! Oh, yes, how well I know them! When they're swollen, they're very painful. I hope your golf ball turns to a peanut soon.

  7. Katrina,
    If only I could find a way to give myself the space away from worries about school and read and blog! It's not healthy, the way I've been going about things.

    I'll keep trying!!

    I do hope you and your family are well.

    I am looking forward to six days off later in November, around Thanksgiving time. I do NOT plan to stress about school over the Thanksgiving holiday, that's for sure.