SanFranMan, and I were having an email discussion regarding Leo Tolstoy's famous line "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."  I had to look it up online, in order to explain what I meant.

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

is one of the most famous opening lines ever written. The author is a man consumed by horror and fascination with families and family life, a man who had 12 children and an intense relationship with his much younger wife, and whose own parents and older brother died when he was quite young.The book is "Anna Karenina". The author is Leo Tolstoy.Many of Tolstoy's novels concern families and family life issues."

As it turns out, SanFranMan is quite familiar with Tolstoy's works and was able to expound much information regarding the book and it's author.  He identifies greatly with Tolstoy, and admitted to falling in love a little bit with the Anna Karenina character. He keeps saying things that endear me further into the abyss that has always been him.  What man would admit to having a crush on a character in a book? 

Another bizarre fact was realizing that I'm currently into the 3rd chapter of Anna Karenina. However, did I remember this as SanFranMan and I were discussing Tolstoy? That the very same book is  sitting next to the toilet?

No. I did not.


Sigh. Here I was, having a semi-intelligent discussion of the quote, and being charmed by SanFranMan's hero worship of it's star player, and feeling somewhat intelligent for a change, compared to his massive capacity for memory and well -readness, only to have to admit .... "uh, duh, that's the book I'm reading now."

I just didn't realize Tolstoy had written it, and how in the WORLD could I be expected to remember "one of the most famous opening lines ever written", when I was allll the way to chapter 3 already?

And at this point, I don't dare admit that I can't stand the book so far, it's got too many foreign, difficult names, and I'm about to quit it.