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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About: Mil Millington

I actually finished Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About by Mil Millington (no lie) a while ago, but only recently got around to posting it. It was recommended by Christopher (by way of Amanda?).

First, the cover is a little weak, although the Japanese cover is a little scary. And that is pretty much everything bad I have to say about it. Other than that, it's nothing short of delightful and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

I'd tell you what it's about, but the title pretty much captures it. Oh, the main character, Pel works in a library and to that end I tried to imagine it as the place all of our librarian friends work. Impossibly, this makes it even funnier. Oh and I think I fell in love with Ursula. The ending kinda bugged me at first, but when I finally digested the novel as a whole it just fit (that or I got over it).

Favorite Lines:
"He's a sensitive child."
"Death spurned my open, beseeching arms."

By the by, he's making it into a screenplay. I like to imagine Ewan McGregor as Pel and Britney Spears as Ursula (hey! you can imagine it how you want, I'll imagine it how I want). I suspect he'll have to write a different ending for the movie. Oh, and it's based on his website.

I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars (I wouldn't want to crush Mil's hopes of ever writing anything better). It totally rocked.

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  • The website is hilarious. It gives me great comfort to learn that these people have not killed each other and are instead still living together. They are an inspiration to a girl who is currently furious with her husband for a) noisy show-offy housework and b) any period of leisure activity not devoted to housework.

    By Anna, at 7:17 AM  

  • One of the reasons I really liked seeing Mr. and Mrs. Smith was that it seemed to be about people that still loved each other desperately, but wanted to beat the crap out of each other.

    I should admit, though, that I thought Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About was one of the best love stories ever. I think I originally heard about it from a friend at work who's totally into the BBC and heard some Internet broadcast about it. (I could try to be a little more vague if y'all want.) It's just almost instantly engaging and funny and emotional, too.

    I recently read A Certain Chemistry by the same author, and I'd recommend it; however, I didn't think it was as good. It felt like a better novel, in structure and polish, but the writing was less charming and evocative. Still better than most of what's out there, though.

    By lillygog, at 3:56 PM  

  • I read A Certain Chemistry on the plane this weekend. Liked it a bit, but not enough to recommend it or to make an effort to remember it.

    By Anna, at 9:08 AM  

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