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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
A Devonshire-based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who was a Community Nurse once upon a time.
Interests: reading, quilting, sock knitting, books, walking,
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Dr Mama, I looked at American Gods in town today...there was actually a copy in our WH Smith which is nothing short of a miracle because their book stock never seems to have what I am looking for. It's a huge book and I wondered what it might be like...but on your recommend I will head for a Kindle sample and then buy the actual book if I gel with it. It's all appealing above anything else right now.
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Reenstitcher, I loved OU, they had it right. High quality course materials and text books that told you everything making it perfectly possible to teach yourself and never go near a tutorial if you didn't want to. In contrast the MA 'elsewhere' was poor and seemed like a bit of a cash cow for the college concerned with little input required beyond a lot of very wonky, blurred photocopying. All that said, the days that I dreamed of a free access to a university library, or to be actually lucky enough to go to lectures... I had bouts of acute student envy!
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Anne, what a wonderful explanation you offer of the Old Testament and its power when parts are allowed to be understood as myth...you make me want to look at it again with new eyes! Neil Gaiman's rewriting of the Norse Mythology has something of the prophetic about it...in that way that so much that is happening right now seemed to be represented in the stories he was retelling.
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Many years go (the early noughties) and in a previous life, I was attending a conference on Children's Literature in south London. It was back in the day when, having finished that OU degree completed over six years and mostly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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As a positive start to a new year of reading I've had a revisit of all my bookshelves in recent weeks. There are a lot of shelves... Yes, books do furnish a room but I sometimes wonder whether all the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Final post for our Candlestick Chapter week and Linda has very kindly sent me her thoughts on The Wood in Winter and I am really appreciating Linda's suggestion about the final poem...and as her for her final line, well maybe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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A few more thoughts have come in from the Candlestick Chapter about Ten Poems About Friendship and I really wanted to share them with you. Bookhound and I had a lovely moment earlier this week when Kate from Cheshire (who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Our second Candlestick pamphlet, The Wood in Winter by John Lewis-Stempel, came as a nice surprise, an essay, a change from the expected. I have written about two of John's books on here in the past, Meadowland and The Running... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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My apologies because computer meltdown has meant a delay in sharing the dovegrey Candlestick Chapter's thoughts on the next two pamphlets which we had received. For those of you who might have missed it I had asked whether there might... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Uny, I think I've got some of that in the potting shed...probably damp and useless but worth a try maybe? No roots I can see...if I wait longer might some appear?
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Soon after I wrote on here news of that wonderful book American Style and Spirit by Jane Bradbury, about the Roddis Family collection of clothes, a really beautiful bouquet arrived on the doorstep.. I had been out walking around the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Thank you Susan, we will look out for The Queen of Katie, it sounds splendid.
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'Humanity has got to learn its table manners before we can all eat amicably out of the same bowl.' An awful lot seems to have happened in the world out there since I turned the final page of Farewell Leicester... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Sitting down to write about Betty Miller's novel Farewell Leicester Square I did a search on here (it's the only way I can find anything too...really I should do an index one of these days) and found a long-forgotten post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
Tough one Carol S. I really enjoyed The Golden Age by Joan London recently, and I see it has made this year's Wellcome Prize long list. It might be like coals to Newcastle though as it is set in Australia. Safe journey and have a lovely time:-)
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Maggie, that comparison would be an excellent one...Flaubert v Tolstoy on the subject of women. My copy of Effi Briest has arrived so Im looking forward to adding Theodor Fontane into the mix
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Season ended on February 1st Rebecca..slight breather before the fishing season opens! Am wondering where your pheasant might have flown in from.
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Thanks Erika, I saw the short stories...Ill go take a look.
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Magnus is very pleased that the shooting season is over. It has been four months of unpredictable mayhem for him and he doesn't like it one little bit. One minute he's best mates with Philip the Pheasant... ...and the next... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Gina, my gown should be deep red I feel but is actually a very deep lapis lazuli! Gloves...well I just oik them off between my teeth, tuck them down my embonpoint and get stuck into the canapes...I don't seem to be making many friends! I haven't watched any film versions of AK and am now wondering which any of you would recommend once I finish the book, which I am sure I will. Far too involved to abandon them all now.
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PS Erika...which Cordwainer Smith book would you recommend to start with?
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Oh now that's interesting Sandra and RCS certainly comes across as happily reclusive in Roland Wales's biography. There is little mention in the book ( as I recall) about what must have been inevitable and i would have thought devastating grief at the death of his mother...or maybe he was such a private man that there is little record of it.
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Erika, the name so unusual (as in shoemakers I suppose)that I had to look him (?) up. You are right..odd-seeming but interesting and now on my list
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Helen, Greengates will be on here soon, another interesting RCS read.
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Dark Puss, there is much urging to ignore all the scientific impossibilities in The Hopkins Manuscript:-)
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