April 26, 2009

fried bologna

"Quoyle ordered the fried bologna dinner. It was the only thing on the menu he hadn't tried, but night after night he'd watched diners at neighboring tables wolfing and gnashing, guessed it was a house specialty. The plate came heaped with thick bologna circles, fried potatoes and gravy, canned turnip, and a wad of canned string beans, all heated in a microwave. The overwhelming sensations were of sizzling heat and salt content off the scale."
--The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

Quoyle is the protagonist; his name also means "a coil of rope." I cannot believe Kevin Spacey plays this character in the movie, Quoyle, who's described like this: "A great damp loaf of a body. ... At sixteen he was buried under a casement of flesh. Head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair ruched back. Features as bunched as kissed fingertips. Eyes the color of plastic. The monstrous chin, a freakish shelf jutting from the lower face."

Buried under a casement of flesh? Features as bunched as kissed fingertips? Boy, that is one unflattering description. On top of that, no neck and a monstrous chin...sounds kind of like Mr. Dursley from the Harry Potter series. Poor Quoyle. Alas, the way his wimpy personality is described makes him even more unattractive. But halfway through this book, I guess ol' Quoyle is growing on me. Especially since he knows how to order when he eats out.

p.s. I did not even know that turnips came in cans. That is amazing.

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