Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Question of the Week


Due to the recent hostessing of Betty Debbie at my house (en route to further destinations afield), Mijneer van Voorhees had, out of necessity, to swim through Betty infested waters. Betty Debbie and I ate (yum! Thanks Betty Magdalen), drank and slept Betty. After enduring all this shop talk, my Mijneer finally, in what I imagine was a fatal fascination with vintage cover art, said these words, "Is it something that I could read?"

Hmm. I furrowed my Betty brow. This would require bullet points:
  • I read an Amazon review (sometime ago) of one Neels book which claimed that the novel was much beloved by herself, her daughter and HER HUSBAND. My first thought was that this anonymous woman had left it in the bathroom by mistake and he'd been desperate for literature.
  • Mijneer van Voorhees (and your own Mijneers, I guess) gets snippets of Betty Neels read to him under duress after I laugh out loud and he asks me what's so funny. That's just like reading them, right?
  • Does The Wonder of Neels translate into Man-ese?
  • I mean, I can defend the reading of them to you, gentle readers but I have to live with this man for the rest of eternity. Would he hate it (because I can't see him reading the plural 'them')?
And then, if he were actually willing to read one--which would I choose? In the immortal words of Eminem, "You've only got one shot do not miss your chance to blow..." Anyway, I know what you're thinking. More bullet points:
  • Winter Wedding is my favorite but would he misunderstand a dawning realization over twins doped up with Seconal?
  • Damsel in Green--chock-a-block with family life and the joys of domesticity...
  • Gem of a Girl--RDD punches the daylights out of the fink. Action is good, right?
Anyway, as you can see, I've worked myself into a muddle and my question is this (yet more bullet points):
  • What book would you recommend to an absolute Betty novice? It took most of us reading a few books before we got The Venerable Neels. What would win them over in one? And why?
  • What would you pass along to your spouse (or brother or fella) with a glimmer of hope that he might like it? WHY?