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Frances
DC Metro
Print junkie. Educator.
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I think that Victor assumed that the creature would be beautiful as a reflection of Victor and his abilities even though he objectively realized its ugliness. In this same chapter, after he has fled his apartment and the "demoniacal corpse," he acknowledges, "Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but then when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became such a thing as even Dante could not have conceived." His hell hound. Perhaps he thought his own divine powers would imbue the creature with beauty?
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Every school fall costume parade (we do not dare call it a Halloween party anymore) features at least one "Frankenstein." Block head, unfortunate bangs, large ears, bolts in neck. Shuffling gait and incomprehensible moans and grunts. You know the drill.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Nonsuch Book
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The 1818 edition of Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley was published anonymously, although many believed the novel to have been written by her poet lover as the name "Shelley" appeared on the spine of the book. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
I'm sure you have many insightful things to say! And you are so right about the breadth of things to write about. I'm almost thinking of writing multiple posts for the day. I know that is not smart blogging practice, but then again, I'm not much of a consistent blogger. :) Glad to hear your husband does the same. Mine never complains. The piles are met with silence or gentle mockery only.
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One could also say that about him! :) He is a reader too but he still does not always understand the sheer volume of books around him from me and the children. A very patient man. Hoping you get your dark and stormy night too!
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My husband calmly asked me why there was a stack of five different editions of Frankenstein by my side of the bed. I enthusiastically explained that some bookish friends and I are reading or rereading the book, and posting about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Love the ways in which Giono makes everyone and everything a character and thus diminishes individualized importance. Any type of hierarchy is elusive. What a great read!
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That lizard image is very powerful especially when followed by the shame of the one who kills it, the way in which he tries to cover it up with the earth. And I like your observation that "he's inviting us to face the world squarely." He minimizes the human position without once demeaning it. Quite a trick. A second read is definitely called for especially to root through (pun intended) those mythological components and classical allusions. What a great idea this was! Thank you for inviting us all to join you for this one.
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David Abram introduces the new Paul Eprile translation of Jean Giono's Hill with great insights into language and storytelling, but it was a very small piece of those introductory remarks that especially caught my attention. "It might be worth pointing... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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The most viewed post ever published on this blog popped up over seven years ago - "Short Story Sunday: The Book Bag by W. Somerset Maugham." It seems an unlikely winner for the title of "most viewed." Maybe it has... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Yay! I am hoping that I can do a better job of predicting some of the longlist titles this year so that my reading mountain is quite so steep. Summer freedom. Right around the corner.
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The calls to plan summer reading began to appear in my Twitter feed this past week - informal group reads, magazines and websites offering lists of suggestions from amongst new releases, and the ubiquitous BuzzFeed article promising to match you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
I read Sweet Danger not too long ago - my first Allingham title - and am now hooked. Have not read this one yet and am now excited to do so. Thanks for the push in its direction!
You are welcome! It was fun to do. Always at a little bit of a loss when I have a random weekday off and everyone is at work or school. I tend to waste time on those days. Extravagantly. :)
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I was a little surprised by the Pettigrew cover also. It took a little digging to uncover too. I am really taken with that cover of The Sword in the Stone. One of those I dream about stumbling upon on one of my book shop hunts.
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Today is a holiday (of sorts) here in the DC area so I had some time this morning to get caught up on the posts and links I saved during the week. And found that Simon and Karen's 1938 Club... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Oh please be more than half-inclined! :)
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It was a consuming read! Such a rare experience. I am eager to read more Mann now. Digging through some essays and diaries, I am also fascinated by the ways in which he was writing his own life in many ways - writing through his shifting political views and more than conflicted sexual identity especially. And it really like reading Proust to me in that feeling of time lost in the exquisite details of the story.
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The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann is incredibly challenging to write about unless perhaps you have the time and inclination to fill the same 700+ page count that this jewel of a novel occupies. Richard, who read this with me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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A long, long time ago, people enjoyed listening to the work of comedians on vinyl. My grandparents especially enjoyed Peter Sellers. My parents were great fans of George Carlin and Richard Pryor. And no adult in my family ever thought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Thanks, Audrey! Even random book picks are somehow more interesting than random sports picks which often have to do with location of team and uniform colors. But I am a bit biased. :)
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Nine match-ups so far in the annual Tournament of Books. I have picked three correctly. So my original brackets were such a mess of scratch outs and mystified expletives that I printed out a new sheet, armed myself with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Me too! I was where you are last year but managed to get through them all this year. Cannot decide if that is the best way or not. When you have read them all you feel more committed to your preferences and the goofiness of the fun wanes a little.
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Our feelings on Book of Aron are very similar. And I am glad to see that it did not upset today. I will have to go look at the comments in a few minutes. Unfortunately, work does not really allow the time to participate in that fun during the day as it happens so I settle for reading them each night.
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Loving the Mann! But your Booker International efforts make me wish I was reading a few of them as well. Maybe... I will have to check that date for the shortlist. Possibly just wait until then?
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