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  1. P'ere Goriot by Honoré de Balzac, A. J. Krailsheimer (Translator)
  2. As recommended by Hayley of Book Club Forum and I am so very glad I read it because otherwise I would not have and what a miss that would have been! I have read Atwood before and so it was easy to take the recomendation because I knew it would be good, but that's all I knew. The title is a great one and I did not realise that it referred to the lead character, Grace Marks. The book is fiction but Grace Marks is a real person and the furore that surrounded her is also real insofaras she was jailed for murder. The other main characters were also real and James McDermott was hanged for his part in the murders. Set in the 1800's in Canada and America this is the imaginary life story of Grace Marks and the shocking (at the time) murder of her last employer and his housekeeper. How much did Grace know? How much was she involved? Why did she run? Why is she wearing the dead woman's clothes? I won't giveaway the ending but the book is superb and well worth the reading. I got the quilting reference but didn't realise about the washing, well spotted Barblue, and that does make sense because I was wondering why it was mentioned so often. Recommended.
  3. None of us express ourselves very well when taken by surprise by bad news. That said, I feel compelled to point out that it's Momac who is deceased, Momo, as far as we know, is fine.
  4. I think that you are entitled to write (and feel) anything you like. As is everybody else. I also think that what you wrote on the memorial page was lovely and said everything that needed to be said, which is why I didn't write anything
  5. I thought this was interesting when it popped up on my Facebook page. In Defence of Reading Slowly, Carefully and Deliberately Any thoughts?
  6. Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast In a field I looked into going past, And the ground almost covered smooth in snow, But a few weeds and stubble showing last. The woods around it have it - it is theirs. All animals are smothered in their lairs. I am too absent-spirited to count; The loneliness includes me unawares. And lonely as it is, that loneliness Will be more lonely ere it will be less - A blanker whiteness of benighted snow WIth no expression, nothing to express. They cannot scare me with their empty spaces Between stars - on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. Robert Frost Desert Places
  7. Zeno's Conscience, Italo Szevo. Just could not abide Zeno's constant whining!
  8. I'm sorry to hear that you'll lose your job Madeleine. I hope that you get a new one soon.
  9. 1 Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood - completed (paperback)
  10. What can be said in New Year rhymes, That's not been said a thousand times? The new years come, the old years go, We know we dream, we dream we know. We rise up laughing with the light, We lie down weeping with the night. We hug the world until it stings, We curse it then and sigh for wings. We live, we love, we woo, we wed, We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead. We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, And that's the burden of the year. The Year Ella Wheeler Wilcox - 1850-1919
  11. I read 63 books this year. More than I ever have before. I lost my concentration a little at the first lockdown, switched books and my concentration came back. My caring duties are ramping up, as expected, and I took to lockdown very well, it's the getting out and about that's now getting tricky.
  12. Good King Wenceslas look’d out, On the Feast of Stephen; When the snow lay round about, Deep, and crisp, and even: Brightly shone the moon that night, Though the frost was cruel, When a poor man came in sight, Gath’ring winter fuel. “Hither page and stand by me, If thou know’st it, telling, Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?” “Sire, he lives a good league hence. Underneath the mountain; Right against the forest fence, By Saint Agnes’ fountain.” “Bring me flesh,and bring me wine, Bring me pine-logs hither: Thouand I will see him dine, When we bear them thither.” Page and monarch forth they went, Forth they went together; Through the rudewind’s wild lament, And the bitter weather. “Sire, the night is darker now, And the wind blows stronger; Fails my heart, I know now how, I can go no longer.” “Mark my footsteps, good my page; Tread thou in them boldly; Thou shalt find the winter’s rage Freeze thy blood less coldly.” In his master’s steps he trod, Where the snow lay dinted; Heat was in the very sod Which the Saint had printed. Therefore, Christian men, be sure, Wealth or rank possessing, Ye who now will bless the poor, Shall yourselves find blessing. Good King Wenceslas By John Mason Neale
  13. Hello and welcome to the forum. I don't know, who is the author? Roderick Thorp ? I'd say that Amazon shows you what they have for sale. Fantastic Fiction shows you what they know of that the author wrote, available or not. Mostly Amazon are showing Kindle books.
  14. So the shortest day came, and the year died, And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep the year alive, And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake They shouted, reveling. Through all the frosty ages you can hear them Echoing behind us—Listen!! All the long echoes sing the same delight, This shortest day, As promise wakens in the sleeping land: They carol, feast, give thanks, And dearly love their friends, And hope for peace. And so do we, here, now, This year and every year. Welcome Yule! THE SHORTEST DAY BY SUSAN COOPER
  15. Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights: 27 (British Library Tales of the Weird) as edited by Lucy Evans and Tanya Kirk for the British Library
  16. The Sundays of Jean Dézert, Jean De La Ville De Mirmont
  17. I used to think that if you were super intelligent you had it made. Life couldn't hurt you and everything would be peachy. Apparently not. The super intelligent ancient Greeks got lost in their logic and philosophy and apparently couldn't come back. I'll take my higher than average IQ and keep it. This is excellent but takes a lot of effort. Just as well it's short. Highly recommended.
  18. Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights: 27 (British Library Tales of the Weird) edited by Lucy Evans and Tanya Kirk
  19. From the British Library of the Weird this is one of many from the Library and very well worth reading. Spooky stories* that take place in and around Christmas but not about Christmas from the 1850s to the 1960s. At the start of each story is a short biography of the author, most of whom I've never heard of. Deliciously satisfying and well worth reading, especially at this time of year. Recommended. *There are 14 stories all together.
  20. Jean de La Ville de Mirmont, The Sundays of Jean Dezert
  21. Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings (Tales of the Weird) by Tanya Kirk
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