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    • The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, Listen! you hear the grating roar Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling, At their return, up the high strand, Begin, and cease, and then again begin, With tremulous cadence slow, and bring The eternal note of sadness in.   Sophocles long ago Heard it on the Ægean, and it brought Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow Of human misery; we Find also in the sound a thought, Hearing it by this distant northern sea.   The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world.   Ah, love, let us be true To one another! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.   Matthew Arnold - 'Dover Beach'
    • Deborah Harkness, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life, parts two and three of the All Souls Trilogy of which A Discovery of Witches (further up) is part one.
    • Did anyone watch this?  I did and I really enjoyed it.  It is very consistent with what I remember of the book and the two main characters are much as I imagined them.  It's all in Italian, with subtitles, which doesn't bother me at all, but it does mean that you have to just sit and watch, at which I do not excel.  I'm looking forward to watching the entire series, even if it is the week before Thanksgiving and therefore an incredibly busy time.
    • I'm not quite sure how I let this get by for so long.  Last year, I attended a book exchange where someone brought this book and another woman really wanted it.  None of the other books appealed to me and so I got my hands on it and it worked out that she wasn't able to take it from me.  She tried to enlist another person to do it and we almost came to fisticuffs.  Then I started it last year and couldn't get into it.  My niece-in-law contacted me from Alaska to ask if I had read it because she just loved it.  So I picked it up again.   I don't know what was wrong with me last year, but I loved, loved, loved this book when I finally read it.  I thought all of the characters were perfectly drawn and very believable.  I also thought it was interesting how much the author emphasizes that San Antonio is a much older, much more Spanish city than the other cities in Texas.  That's true and often gets glossed over when discussing the metropolitan areas of Texas.   One of the things that pleased me personally is that the route they took from Dallas to San Antonio is the "back way" to San Antonio that I take every chance I get (the main way to go is on a soul-crushing interstate highway that is always always always under construction).  The scenery on the back way is very pretty (for Texas) and I have my favorite stops as I go, each roughly 1/3 of the trip, including an incredible chocolate shop in Hico, Texas (a small blip in the road--have no idea how they stay in business, but they also have great hostess gifts) and the chicken-fried steak at the Bluebonnet Cafe in Marble Falls.  I time my trips so I am in Marble Falls for lunch or dinner.   Highly recommend this book.  
    • From Sheffield I present...   Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace    
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