Hanging Out at Home

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You wouldn’t think that staying at home doing rehab exercises after knee surgery (see Waiting for Surgery and Aftermath on my blog Hedera’s Corner) would be any different from staying at home as a retired lady doing volunteer stuff on the computer; but it is.  For one thing, I have to do those exercises twice a day, which means I can’t settle into something really detailed and forget about everything else for four hours, the way I often do.  I have to do stuff I can drop at regular intervals and do my short arc quads, et cetera.

For another, I always (this is the third time I’ve been through this) seem to spend my rehab re-reading novels from my collection.  I distinctly remember, while recovering from my first total knee replacement in 2001, re-rereading the entire Brother Cadfael series (by Ellis Peters), in consecutive order.  Yes, I do own all of them, mostly in paperback.  Oddly, I can’t remember what I read in 2005 for the second round of rehab.  This time I’m going through my Agatha Christie collection, mainly Hercule Poirot with a small amount of Jane Marple.  My world has been expanded, though, by the Rockridge Branch Library, which has an entire set of Christie in matching bindings, including all the stuff I never bought; so I’m working my way through that, too.  Some of the ones I hadn’t read before are very odd indeed.  Let’s just say that The Murder of Roger Ackroyd isn’t the only book Christie wrote in which you suddenly realize in the last chapter that the narrator you’ve been comfortably listening to for 200 pages is actually the murderer.  In fact, I think the reason I stick with Christie’s “detective” novels is that they’re the only ones where I can be reasonably sure that won’t happen!  (Reasonably sure – Roger Ackroyd, after all, is a Poirot novel!)  I find it disturbing to realize that I’ve developed a sympathetic relationship with a murderer…

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  1. Sallymutant April 7, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Is Roger Ackroyd a Cheat or not –Debate!
    The first Christie I read was “The Moving Finger.” Jane doesn’t involve/solve until the very end of the story. I loved that novelette, so now I have a bit of a preference for the the mysteries that twist clues around the principle characters , THEN have the great sleuth show up.

    plots
    don’t trumps the twist/turns/up/downs of new knees .
    Thanx for the knee knews update and the tedium update.
    SallyMutant from Fan Ap, Ike Renfield in FB world

  2. hedera April 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I took a break from Agatha last night and started To the Hilt by Dick Francis – I’ve discovered that Dick Francis really deserves his reputation as a good detective story writer! However, you remind me that I have The Moving Finger upstairs – I’ll have to go dig it out now…

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