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About tagesmann

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    Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
  • Birthday 12/01/1964


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    53° 20' N, 1° 17' E
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    Reading, Music, Wine, Beer, Gin.
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  1. Key West, 1936. Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship—forged over writing, talk, and family dinners—flourishes into something undeniable in Madrid while they’re covering the Spanish Civil War. Martha reveres him. The very married Hemingway is taken with Martha—her beauty, her ambition, and her fearless spirit. And as Hemingway tells her, the most powerful love stories are always set against the fury of war. The risks are so much greater. They’re made for each other. With their romance unfolding as they travel the globe, Martha establishes herself as one of the world’s foremost war correspondents, and Hemingway begins the novel that will win him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Beautiful Exiles is a stirring story of lovers and rivals, of the breathless attraction to power and fame, and of one woman—ahead of her time—claiming her own identity from the wreckage of love. Well that's what it says on Amazon... I find historical fiction an interesting concept. It's more challenging when the characters are famous and where so much has been written about them. This novel is based on the events as we know them, but how much is fiction and how much is fact? Gellhorn comes across as a women who respects Hemmingway as an author, likes him as a man (sometimes), but is not sure if she loves him. Hemingway is presented as an author who knows his own worth, but is fragile as a man (it's all a front). He is the weak character here, the flawed genius. The novel is written in the first person and told by Martha Gellhorn so we are presented with her take on their brief relationship. The story told is from their first meeting to their divorce, the years 1936 to 1944. As an exploration of a relationship that was perhaps always going to fail, it's very good. As an encouragement to read some Martha Gellhorn, well I'm convinced. My main criticism? It reads a but too much like Hemingway in places. Especially the conversations with him. Did he really speak the way he wrote? Worth a try.
  2. Favorite Song?

    The Five Finger Death Punch version is fun. Here's the Lead Belly 1944 version, Apple. It's called "In New Orleans" which is why you couldn't find it.
  3. Photos

    Hi momac, When you reply to a top there should be a paperclip called Click to choose files. Touch this then choose Photo Library, then probably All Photos to find the photo. The trouble is the photo will probably be too big. So you will need to edit it and I don't know how to do that. You could email it to yourself and your mail app will offer to make it smaller. That would be a workaround. Not much help, really.
  4. what is everyone doing?

    Busy day and a bit of gardening for me. Yesterday evening I strimmed my overgrown plot (grass and weeds) prior to burning it back and planting a wild flower mix. Then planted my pots up with Dahlias. Then (once everyone had got their washing in, I burnt some stuff. I had a good couple of hours burning some old timber and some hedging that was too big for recycling. I see the attraction of pyromania. Then today we planted up two borders and some pots. Now I think a relaxing bath is in order. Shame I haven't got any Radox, my back is killing me.
  5. The City and The City (TV adaptation)

    I ended up watching all four episodes one evening last week. Very good, I thought.
  6. Free to read Websites - good or bad?

    I've used Project Gutenberg a lot. It's a great resource for out of copyright material. I've also used https://www.dailylit.com to get an email each day with a couple of pages of a book (I think you can choose the size).
  7. I've just re-read this. It's good but I no longer think it is as brilliant as I once did.. However, It shows that Banks was getting comforatable enough with the genre to use it to make a few points. Like the fuler of a world who sits on a magnificent porcelain throne. Or this: " 'I strongly suspect the things people believe in are usually just what they instinctively feel is right; the excuses, the justifications, the things you're supposed to argue about come later. They're the least important part of the belief. That's why you can destory them, win an argument, prove the other person wrong, and still they believe what they did in the first place.' ... 'You've attacked the wrong thing.' " Or this: " '...there has seldom if ever been a shortage of eager young males prepared to kill and die to preserve the security, comfort and prejudices of their elders...' "
  8. Are audio books the same as reading print?

    The app works well on Android and IOS. And the files (.aa) play well on ipods and other mp3 players (Sansa clip, for example)
  9. No. I’m just going to start Tomorrow, When the War Began.
  10. The City and The City (TV adaptation)

    I’m halfway through episode 1. So far I like it. I’ve not read the book through, so can’t compare.
  11. Are audio books the same as reading print?

    That’s a good article which explores some of the pros and cons. I think this highlights that the perception of audiobooks is changing. But experiencing audiobooks changes opinions.
  12. Are audio books the same as reading print?

    I was a member a few years ago. I paid about £8 per month for two books. Technically I am still a member, but without an active subscription. So all of my books are still available to listen to again. It’s a part of the Amazon family now. Nowadays I get my audiobooks from the library. Our library uses the rb digital service for books, graphic novels and audiobooks.
  13. A to Z Game

    Lima, so I could see some Llamas.
  14. Are audio books the same as reading print?

    I like this. And I agree. But... one of the genres that I particularly use audio for is travel writing. I find that hearing the narrator works for me for these books. Then again, I remember very little of anything. But that's OK because I read today that people with poor memories are intelligent (I'm going to remember that).