Monday, April 28

Literary Libations: Mimosas & The Goldfinch

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A drink so popular it's even had at brunch, the mimosa is a classic sunny day drink. Classic mimosas are about as easy as it gets: two parts orange juice and two parts champagne. Soleil has made it even easier to enjoy by selling a pre-made mimosa. Ranging from $9.99 to $11.99 at most grocery stores, you can even find it as cheap as $6.99 at Costco. In the past I've always made my Mimosas myself, and in truth you probably get a bit more bang for your buck that way. However, I love the ease of having a ready to go Mimosa in a bottle whenever I'm having people over. I like to have a bottle or two in the fridge as back up, that way I'm ready to go for any surprise guests!


Warning: Spoilers for The Goldfinch ahead
When we last left Theo he was a new house guest of Hobie's. His parents are both gone and his lawyer has been encouraging Theo to apply for boarding school as Hobie has never officially adopted him, meaning the lawyer sees the living arrangement as temporary. Theo wants to stay with Hobie more than anything. The first reason is his genuine affection for Hobie, the second is his intense fear that a roommate would find the stolen Goldfinch painting and turn him into the police. An Italian family was just recently caught trying to sell a stolen painting from the same museum and was punished to the highest extent of the law, taking Theo's paranoia to new heights. 

In an attempt to stay with Hobie, Theo applies for an early college program (a program in which the students live at home) and begins to make himself useful in Hobie's furniture restoration shop. Theo is essentially acting as an apprentice. One day, after Hobie very nearly stumbles upon the stolen painting, Theo comes up with the idea of hiding The Goldfinch in a storage unit. He disguises it among camping equipment and stores it without raising suspicion. Next thing we know, it is eight years later.

Eight years later. We go from an adolescent Theo who has plenty of new challenges for the author to explore (I mean, it's college) to an adult who is now working as a full time partner with Hobie. The first thing we learn is that Theo's nerdy, childhood best friend has drowned, along with his father, in a boating accident. He is told this by Plat, the older brother, as he randomly runs into Theo on the street. They catch up over beers and Plat brings Theo home to see his ailing mother. This is the family that Theo stayed with directly after his mother's death, so there is a strong past connection, but Theo hasn't talked with them since he was in middle school. 

The transition seems rather jarring. Switching from a young teen to an established adult so quickly. Especially after spending so long on Theo as a fourteen and fifteen year old. It's possible it will eventually tie over, but at the moment I'm beginning to wonder if the author is just playing with me.

20 comments:

  1. I love a good mimosa! They're so refreshing and yummy! I've never seen the pre made ones but I'm going to have to be on the look out for them!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too! It's one of my favorite drinks in the spring and summer. It's not too heavy and it's nice and chilled for combating the heat! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. It's the first time I hear about this juice but it seems good! =)
    Thanks for commenting in my blog and for the kindness too! ♥

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jess

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    1. It's very good, I hope you get to try it! I love your blog and will be stopping by soon!

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  3. I love drinking mimosa especially Sunday brunch. Thos one I will like to try.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

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    1. Sunday brunch Mimosas in the summer time are one of my favorite things. Thank you for reading!

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  4. Never knew you could get these premade! they would be awesome in a pinch or when you didn't want to prep them--I mean you can never go wrong with a mimosa :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. I agree, Mimosas are perfect for any occasion! I think its great, too, if you are having lots of people over because then everyone can easily pour their own drink and you don't get stuck behind the counter mixing.

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  5. Yum this sounds so good right about now. I need to learn how to make it.
    Beautetude

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    1. It's so easy to make yourself, just two parts orange juice and two parts champagne, but you can buy these bottles pre-made to eliminate any work. :)

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  6. Yummy! Thanks for sharing!!!
    XOXO

    Milu
    www.hellolupi.blogspot.com

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  7. What?! A premade mimosa?! I'm sold!! Love me some good mimosas and I'm lazy so this is perfect! ;))

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, I'm lazy too! It's perfect for people like me. :)

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  8. I love mimosa's and THAT makes it even more convenient! Thanks for letting us know.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. How can you beat an instant drink? Thanks for reading!

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  9. Yum! Looks good. I seriously never knew you can buy pre-made mimosas!

    Best,

    Tamara B.
    LilMissStyle Blog

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  10. Mimosas are my reason for life. SO GOOD. :) This on-the-go options sounds fun.

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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    1. It would also be great for picnics and days on the beach! I honestly didn't think of that until you said "on-the-go." :)

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