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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:18 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Had little time for reading, still on Mudwoman. J C Oates is pretty versatile. This was published this year but set in 2002/3 around the time Bush was gearing up for war on Iraq.  Oates' protagonist, the first woman president of an unamed liberal and very privileged university, and a philosophy professor, is full of unease and anger but can't speak out, even in private; she must remain impartial in order not to offend sponsors and donors or draw down the media. I feel that this must reflect Oates' own views. She writes about the growing strength and open hostility of rightwing organisations and students even on campuses which were known for their liberal ideals. A feeling of horror and powerlessness. An interesting perspective, given the election we've just witnessed.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading a book by an American doctor, Michelle Au, called This Won't Hurt a Bit (and other little white lies).  It is a memoir really about the travails of a young trainee doctor.  Entertaining and interesting and fun.  

And in my purse for cafe reading is Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince and Other Stories.  I have read the title one and The Selfish Giant.  I found them rather Dickensian in their sentimentality.  I haven't read these before but the Happy Prince's phrase "Swallow, Swallow, Little Swallow" is so familiar to me that I can hear the voice saying it, so think it must be one of the stories frequently read on the children's request sessions in earlier times.  The right sort of thing for this sort of reading (I find children's books are best for this).


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro wrote:
And in my purse for cafe reading is Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince and Other Stories.  I have read the title one and The Selfish Giant.  I found them rather Dickensian in their sentimentality.  I haven't read these before but the Happy Prince's phrase "Swallow, Swallow, Little Swallow" is so familiar to me that I can hear the voice saying it, so think it must be one of the stories frequently read on the children's request sessions in earlier times.

If it is the one I am thinking of it is a wonderful story for the Christmas season. I wish I could remember who relates it; suffice to say it resides in the memory!


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Evie
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely lovin' Dracula.  Had a week or so off, so am still not too far into it, but we are now in Whitby.  Jonathan Harker's diary was fabulous.  Now hoping to spend a lot more time reading!


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blackberrycottage



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading Travelling Light, a set of short stories by Tove Jansson. Most of them are good.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you see the BBC4 programme about her, blackberry cottage?  Lovely programme, with family and close friends contributing, and an inspiring woman.  Made me want to go to Finland!


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without finishing the Joyce Carole Oates yet - it was getting very grim and dislocated and unreal - I have started on Maggie Gee's memoir My Animal Life. Very good so far.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Did you see the BBC4 programme about her, blackberry cottage?  Lovely programme, with family and close friends contributing, and an inspiring woman.  Made me want to go to Finland!


I must do this on catch-up before it's too late!


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely worth seeing, Green Jay!  Though BBC4 do tend to repeat things, so I am sure it will be on again at some point.  But yes, if you have time, do watch - I am always a bit wary of biographical things, in case they make me love my heroes less, but this made me love her even more, and gave extra depth and warmth to the Moomin books - as if they don't have enough depth and warmth already!  A little sad too, but an excellent programme.


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blackberrycottage



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't see it Evie but I have just found it's on 9th Jan so I have set it to record. Whoever did the Moomins on celebrity Mastermind made me want to read them.



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