That’s Colorado for you—unpredictable and sometimes quite annoying! March is Colorado’s cruellest and snowiest month, so I’m expecting more storms like yesterday’s. During the drive (when I wasn’t freaking-out about the other cars sliding my way every few minutes) I began to think about novels I’ve read with a “snow” theme. I couldn’t remember very many, but there was one that stood out in my mind. Here it is:
This is one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read, but it’s a good depressing. Marvin Deernose, a middle-aged Native American loser, helps rescue a wealthy senator from his overturned car one snowy Montana evening. The senator extracts a promise from Marvin which allows him to gain access to the senator’s privileged world. Marvin soon becomes romantically involved with Justine, the senator’s train-wreck of a granddaughter. The affair is doomed to failure, with the unhappy couple left as desolate and bleak as the barren Montana landscape in winter. There is no happy ending here.
I both liked and despised Marvin and Justine. I empathized with them, but I also wanted to grab both of them (especially Justine) and knock some sense into their heads. They just couldn’t seem to get their lives together. It seemed like they wanted to remain miserable forever. There are people like this in the world, and they should be avoided whenever possible!
Icy winter driving should also be avoided whenever possible.