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  1. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin (Author), Michael Hofmann (Translator)
  2. I probably should have waited until the paper-back came out before I read this, having read The Corset by Laura Purcell this year already, but I read it anyway. Amazon puts I better than I can : Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last. I enjoyed this book very much but it wasn't as good as previous novels by Purcell, there just seemed to be something missing. I did not like the bitsy aspect of the novel at all, she starts of with the maid Hester Why and then, around halfway through, goes back forty years and explains Miss Pinecroft's experiences. I guessed some of it near the end and that never bodes well. That said, I enjoyed the book enough to keep reading until the end and it's well written by Purcell, just not as good as her previous novel. I still recommend it, though.
  3. The archer and his bow Are always two of a kind Like the bow is alive They share a synced mind The archer and his bow Cannot be torn apart For shot after shot They share the same heart The archer and his bow Never cease to amaze They are together Throughout all days The archer and his bow Without each other, are nothing But when brought together They are quite something The archer and his bow Take aim and let the arrow fly It hits, fast as lightning Perfect bulls-eye The archer and his bow Celebrate victory The greatest of all The archers in history The archer and his bow Always achieve glory Though this is the end Of their epic story The Archer's Bow by Shelbie Hale
  4. I knew there was something that did not ring quite true. I always thought that eradicating inherited diseases was a good thing. My family's disabilities were inherited and my mother said that had she known that sooner she would not have had children, and she was desperate to have children. Fortunately neither of us is affected but I found that chilling.
  5. I finished watching this last night and frankly, I'm shocked. As far as BBC4 is concerned Eugenics consists of selectively breeding human beings. It started in the 1920's and in Great Britain and alleges that this is where Hitler got his ideas from. I don't believe that for a moment so I'm at a loss as to how to view the rest of the programme. Apparently, nowadays some people do still believe in eugenics insofar as they believe that people with disabilities or a low IQ should be prevented from reproducing. They also touched on the research that's being done to eradicate disabilities that can be detected in pregnancy, such as Down's Syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis. This programme made me think about my own views, which is why I watched the second part. I always thought that streaming out things like Cystic Fibrosis and Down's Syndrome et al was a good thing (although I did advise a friend who had the Down's Syndrome test in pregnancy that it wasn't that bad and that aborting a 5 month old pregnancy wasn't necessarily a good thing. The test came back negative as it turned out and I've never been faced with that decision myself). I should point out here that I was brought up in a family full of disabled people. My mother was the oldest of six and four out of the other five were both mentally and physically disabled so I do know how hard it is to have disabilities in the family and I'm glad that I've never been faced with the moral dilemma of having to decide whether or not to continue a pregnancy based on a disability test, or, for that matter, having my embryo genetically altered to remove the disability, which is available now. Something to think about.
  6. Great weather here for pluviophiles. I am aware that it's not everyone's cup of tea and when flood s are the result I'm sure that it's less than popular. Good reading weather though!
  7. Gosh, Binker, what a thing to go through. I hope that you are healing well
  8. I have been reading Smart Notes about this and it's very enlightening.
  9. So, we'll go no more a roving So late into the night, Though the heart be still as loving, And the moon be still as bright. For the sword outwears its sheath, And the soul wears out the breast, And the heart must pause to breathe, And love itself have rest. Though the night was made for loving, And the day returns too soon, Yet we'll go no more a roving By the light of the moon. So We'll Go No More a Roving BY LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON)
  10. Ginger Baker, legendary drummer especially in Cream Ginger Baker
  11. I found this too. I came to this book because I decided that it was time I read it, it was short and I'd bought it in a 'bargain' with a set of other Penguin Classics. It took quite some length of time to read the whole book, a lot longer than I anticipated given it's length but I enjoyed it. Like Hazel : "................... Conrad really manipulates language to firstly, pound the notion of 'darkness' and 'light' on you, secondly, transport you to an unimaginable habitat and people, and thirdly, bewilder you with discussion of shipping, ivory, the government, and finally Kurtz himself. Is he bad, good, hero, criminal, to be admired, to be feared, or all of the above? For the most part I was confused - but I think I was meant to be. Conrad really wants you to be empathetic to Marlow (for the majority of the novel our narrator), yet through using a primary unnamed narrator, be also on the outskirts listening to this wild tale. To be honest, I enjoyed reading it - .................. and I never quite knew where I was, but that was kind of the point and I am still thinking about the book. The length of the book is slight, but that suits this story because it is essentially just one tale being told in conversation to a group of men. Hmmmm, it's a thinker folks." I agree with everything Hazel posts (amendments mine) . It is a thinker and I'm going to spend today, at least, thinking about it. It did have language in it that I enjoyed and several words that I had to look up. My copy has an article at the back explain the book so I'll read that and I might have a peek at Smart Notes.
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