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  1. Found this on the internet, interesting, no? Reasons to read daily
  2. Sorry to hear that Momac, I hope things improve. Glad your daughter is getting better. I know how you feel, my dad is similar and please do feel free to rant. At the moment I'm beginning to feel I'm the only one that has problems!
  3. Just finished reading this and thoroughly enjoyed it. On the strength of this I bought the other two parts of the trilogy and look forward to reading them.
  4. Our doctor's practice has a text service to remind you of appointments on the phone. Never having forgotten an appointment (if over the phone, I write them on the calendar in the hall-way (and no it can't be seen from outside) if there, I get a wee printout and then write it in the calendar in the hall-way when I get home) I did not hand over my mobile phone number. My father and brother are the only people who have my mobile number and that's how it's going to stay. Can you opt out?
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden
  6. Just abandoned Also Spoke Zarathustra, which was within The Portable Nietzsche. I don't doubt that the man was a genius but I could not make heads nor tails of what he was talking about and the translated prose did nothing for me. Spent 13 days trying and life is too short to continue with it, imho
  7. Also Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche
  8. Love this series and the architects are amazing
  9. The Warden, Anthony Trollope companion read to the Nietzsche
  10. Congratulations to you and your family, Binker
  11. The Portable Nietzsche, Walter Kaufmann
  12. Saw an article on the internet saying that Theresa May has accepted that the European elections will take place before Brexit. I'm taking it that they are on until told otherwise.
  13. It's too convoluted to even address, Momac. The only thing that we are all agreed upon is that we are fed up hearing about it.
  14. Fortunately for us we are only voting in the European elections, if we are not out of Europe by that time
  15. Requiem for a Nun is the sequel to Faulkner's early novel Sanctuary, and has the same main characters i.e. Temple Drake, Gowan Stevens, Gavin Stevens. The events in Requiem are set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County and Jackson, Mississippi, in November 1937 and March 1938, eight years after the events of Sanctuary. Temple and Gowan are now married with two children (one, however, is dead) and Temple's violent past comes back to haunt her. The nun of the title is Temple's nanny, an ex prostitute that she met whilst working as a prostitute, accused and convicted of killing her baby and is about to be hung. Apparently Elizabethan era-slang for a prostitute is nun and its contemporary meaning is of a woman who sacrifices herself to save sinners, which is what happens in the novel. Faulkner's text is - of course - suitably challenging. The book is part prose and part play. The chapters being interspersed. The prose chapters consist of unending sentences but are broken into sections, which is interesting, and these chapters tell the history of Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County and Jackson, Mississippi. Each prose chapter details the history of a particular institution, like the jail, in which the play like dialogue takes place. As always, Faulkner is superb and the book is thoroughly fascinating. Although the reader has to work hard to understand what he's written it's well worth the struggle. This is his most obscure book yet. Highly recommended.
  16. I love them too and yes, they are great comfort reads.
  17. I am totally the opposite, having read 6 books in April alone. At last, a reading rate that I'm happy with. Next read is my annual reading of Poldark, Winston Graham. Specifically, Poldark 4 : Warleggan
  18. Anarcho-syndicalism: Theory and Practice (Working Classics): Theory and Practise, Rudolph Rocker and The Bear and The Nightingale: (Winternight Trilogy) Katherine Arden
  19. This is a short book, 185 pages long. It's very well written and very entertaining. It's advertised as a feminist tome and I suppose it is. I imagine that when it was published in 1918 very few women went out to work full time, very few women had partners to whom they were not married but with whom they had a baby and their opinion was seldom sought, much less listened to. There are such women described in this book i.e. women who work, have partners to whom they are not married and with whom they have a baby and their opinion is sought. Also described is a government which classes all people according to their IQ and decrees that certain low IQs are not allowed to marry and have children and that the high IQs must marry other high IQs and have children to create an intelligent society. This is known - but not mentioned in the book - as selective human breeding or eugenics (the promotion of certain desirable gene groups and the suppression of less desirable gene groups). Needless to say it doesn't work, even in the fictitious realm that Rose Macauley creates for it. I'd recommend it for it's entertainment value
  20. I am embarking on my annual William Faulkner read with Requiem For a Nun, sequel to last year's read Sanctuary
  21. A very happy Easter to one and all, however you choose to celebrate it, or not.
  22. We have not had our soil tested either but we do have glorious rhododendrons so we must have acid soil. It's still trial and error and at the moment the three of us are finding it hard to keep the grass cut. The daffodils and snow drops come up every year as do the grape hyacinths. Spring is my favourite time of year.
  23. More Victorian Gothic from Laura Purcell. This is a very clever story about a young girl and her life and about another slightly older girl (she's 24) and her life. The chapters alternate from one main character to another. The younger girl is a seamstress and has a very difficult life, the other is a lady of leisure and adopts her mother's religion and charitable works. The older woman meets the younger one while the younger one is in jail, at the age of sixteen, and the younger one tells her story. The older one finds it difficult to believe but also finds it fascinating so keeps visiting. The older one also incurs her father's displeasure by studying phrenology which was popular amongst the Victorians, I believe. Loved this story, it has more bite to it than The Silent Companions (one of Purcell's other books) and the twist at the end was not what I anticipated. The prose is good, the characters rounded and the story believable. There are descriptions of physical cruelty in this book that should be noted if the reader isn't keen on that but other than that I highly recommend this.
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