I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

By Nora Ephron

Together with her disarming, intimate, thoroughly obtainable voice, and dry humorousness, Nora Ephron stocks with us her ups and downs in i believe undesirable approximately My Neck, a candid, hilarious examine girls who're aging and working with the tribulations of upkeep, menopause, empty nests, and existence itself.

Ephron chronicles her existence as an obsessed cook dinner, passionate urban dweller, and hapless father or mother. yet in most cases she speaks frankly and uproariously approximately existence as a lady of a undeniable age. totally brave, uproariously humorous, and all of sudden relocating in its fact telling, i think undesirable approximately My Neck is a delicious, impossible to resist deal with of a ebook, choked with truths, snigger out loud moments that may attract readers of every age.

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Within seconds it was a hundred yards away. I gave chase hotly and desperately, visions passing through my mind of myself crawling on hands and knees into El Obeid, the laughing stock of the town, without even my passport, money, or my precious return ticket to London. There were bubbles of self-criticism too: the plan to travel by camel seemed to have been laid bare in all its naive arrogance. Then I noticed that the beast had stopped running and was browsing on a rich patch of vegetation, on the crest of a ridge.

The boys told me that the trees were an important means of water storage, and I was incredulous at first. One day, however, we halted under the spiky canopy of a giant specimen, and Osman pointed out to me the square opening high up amongst the boughs, where the water was poured inside. ‘The water collects around the tree in the rainy season,’ Osman explained. ‘Then someone climbs up the trunk and hoists up the water in buckets. ’ ‘But there’s been great dryness,’ continued ’Ali. ’ Dawanki, I learned, was the Arabicised plural of the word donki, which in the local dialect had come to mean an artesian well, so called after the European ‘donkey-engines’ which powered them.

The acacia thornbush, however, is a vital source of food for camels, and one variety produces gum arabic, the soft amber resin which is an important export of this region. The scrub is dwarfed in places by the grotesquely magnificent figures of the giant baobab trees which occasionally raise their stark fingers over the landscape. The qoz is dotted with villages: compounds of grass with straw-roofed huts which blend in with the colour and texture of their surroundings. These works of man are pinpricks against the background of the enormous dimensions of the rangelands, for this is a place where humankind has wrought little of permanence on the landscape, where nature, by sheer size and power, has resisted any encroachment on its autonomy.

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