I hope this comic doesn't disappoint my sister. She's the one who gave me my copy of The Golden Notebook all those years ago, and it means a lot to me that she wanted to share something that was important to her. I read it once as a teenager and once again last year, but it didn't make much sense to me either time. It just seems to be about an insane woman whose values are all catastrophically bad. Unless the point of the book is to make the reader feel sad and angry about every single choice Anna makes and every single opinion she expresses, I don't get it.
I certainly don't rule out the possibility that the fault might be mine; if you think you can help me to understand The Golden Notebook, or at least understand why so many people love it, please do.
One thing I do like about the book, and here the fault is undoubtedly mine, is that there is a lobotomist in it. Actually he is in a book in the book, but he is a lobotomist nonetheless -- a cheerful American lobotomist, though, being English, Doris uses the word leucotomy to describe what he does for a living. I like him because he proves that even a Briton who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature can't write American speech for beans; it always comes out like dialogue from a John Wayne Western written by someone who has never actually seen a John Wayne Western. Doris's lobotomist, for example, says "Gosh" a lot. But then Walter Freeman said "Gosh" a lot, now that I think about it. Maybe that's just something lobotomists say.