Like ChronosDragon I'm under the weather (although the actual weather is fantastic), so here's a tuesday morning home-sick-day ketchup.
I love that book.
I finally read it in 2004 after three different people had recommended it to me. People of the thread, you have now had it recommended to you by more than three people; don't wait as long as I did!
I would recommend Le Ton beau de Marot by the same author, [snip]
This here is one of the many reasons I love not only this thread but the entire forum. Many of the great books I've read I have found because of recommendations here. Including GEB, which I haven't finished reading though...
BlitzGirl wrote:But mosquitos, ugh, mosquitos. I loathe them. The worst is when you wake up at night in your sleeping bag (or wherever) to this high-pitched whine right in your ear, and you feel the tickling sensation of the mosquito on your ear...eeesh.
I just shuddered because your description caused me to feel
a mosquito buzzing around my ear.
About 15 Outside years ago I attended a summer jazz course, and the place I slept was at a local something (not really important what, and I have no idea how to explain it) in a little room on the top floor. The room was just inside the balcony, and since it was hot one night I decided to air it out before going to bed (mattress on the floor). So I opened the door for half an hour or so. Then I had to spend 2-3 hours killing mosquitos before I could sleep. Needless to say I never opened that door again.
It doesn't end there, though. A couple of days later we had a particularly loud concert at the course. When I went to bed that night I heard a mosquito in the room, so I started trying to figure out where it was. But no matter what I did it was impossible to find. Finally I tried sticking my fingers in my ears, and the buzzing/whining was still there! Turns out I had got a (temporary) tinnitus which was exactly the same frequency as a mosquito. Talk about annoying!
kenmelken wrote:[prediction, soon to be proven wrong, I'm sure]As they start moving again, the chirping will return, and soon they will be besieged by an entire waiting-mope-pancreas-swarm of molpy-locusts. [/prediction]
This made me think of this scene (sadly I only found a dubbed version, but the important sounds are original):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSafSFBu ... age#t=212s
The funny part is that the clip starts with actual chirping!:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSafSFBucC4