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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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Jude, in another coincidence today. I had an email from Terence Dooley, Penelope Fitzgerald’s son-in-law and literary executor to let me know that the film of The Bookshop will be shown here in the UK soon. I told him it had gone down well in Australia!
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Thank you Mary, off to read that now. I’m guessing it might be about the book I’m starting next....
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Oh that’s interesting Dee, what an interesting choice for her, but then I’m thinking how right it would be given her Greek marriage connections and the paths various her life had taken.
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It’s the yearning to go back to these places that somehow the reading fulfills in a way perhaps. Having just finished a book about Orkney, it’s been a wonderful return from my armchair, but if I ever go back I will take the book with me and read it while I’m there too.
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Kate we have done similar re Europe. First trip very planned, flew over, package tour hotel in Grindelwald, second trip, piled in the car and drove across Europe to get there. For our Silver Wedding we donned rucksacks, bought rail passes and did it all by train and ferry across the Med on a three week wander. Your sailing trips must have been amazing. I read all of Maya Angelou’s when they were first published and loved them, but as you say, the library does us proud. I was in there this morning, having given them a big bag of new books, but as I wandered around the shelves I saw plenty that I could have borrowed (if I didn’t have enough here already!). I will be interested to hear what your son suggests and I hadn’t known of the TE Lawrence translation either.
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We’ll be first in the queue for that one Steph, thank you!
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Oooh ‘loose the warps’ just sounds so exciting Fran, what wonderful memories you must have.
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Jude, I didn’t really know it at all, had maybe heard a few excerpts now and then on the radio perhaps, somto read the whole poem was a real moment for me. It says so much. I’ve just finished Swimming With Seals by Victoria Whitworth and the poem was read at her mother’s funeral. Incidentally I think this is a book you would love, all about Orkney, lots of history and sense of place.
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Jessica, thank you so much, what an offer that is! I’m sure some of us will come up with some questions as we go along on this journey and all hail to your father for being there as our Specialist Advisor! Something like that just shows why I do this, all that expertise out there and willing to assist.
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A great big thank you to the person who mentioned this poem in comments, Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933) It was new to me (and I now realise he also wrote Waiting for the Barbarians) but fits this reading moment... Continue reading
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Magnus stayed in long enough to check out the basket of names... and congratulations to the winners of a copy of either The Song of Achilles or Circe by Madeline Miller. You should all have received an email with the... Continue reading
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As you can see Magnus is far too busy prowling fields to sort this, but he sends his best regards, so I am assuming the Mantle of Benevolence to bring you news of prize draw copies of The Song of... Continue reading
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I’ve just been reading up on him in Wikipedia, plenty more to to be reading.
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I have several of Sybille Bedford’s books in other editions...Jigsaw I think, I mist seek them out.
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That’s gone right to the top of my list too in that case. Ronald Reagan’s era I think.
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Oh lucky you Paul, they are wonderful books.
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That’s on my list Carol. I’ve just been reading a resume of it. He does sea voyages exceptionally well.
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Fran I think you will love Coasting. I thought of you as Jonathan Raban sails into Chichester and on along the south coast. I also hadn’t realised how complicated it is to sail into London. All fascinating for a land lubber like me but probably at interest based on experience to you...and Mr HB.
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Isn’t it wonderful Rebecca, yet is it just me , but I hardly ever see them in any quantity in bookshops down here in the West Country
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Interestingly Jude, it was on the evening of June 14 1982 that need of the war was announced. Hard to imagine it even happened now, yet what lasting and often awful consequences for those involved. A lot of the ex Marines still live around us here.
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Seduced is such a good word inthis context. I too have been seduced with Jonathan Raban’s writing, I think it’s something about his ability to make fun of himself whilst also casting a wry eye over others.
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Books and authors various have sailed in and out of my radar recently, but one especially, Jonathan Raban. I’m sure a lot of you will know this feeling. It’s quite odd but I love it when it happens; an author... Continue reading
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That’s a handy recommendation Fran. I was only thinking today about seeking best translation of The Iliad so I will look for Fagles. Emily Wilson meanwhile is serving me well for The Odyssey, a book a day and Nausicaa has just helped Odysseus out of a bit of a fix.
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Lottie, I think a lot of things have really benefited from a good freeze. The honeysuckle by the north-facing back door which has struggled on valiantly for years is absolutely covered in flowers this year. The scent wafting in is heavenly. Currently we are wondering where all the butterflies are. Our lane and garden usually alive wIth them but this year we seem to have none and that’s a first. I really am hoping it’s nothing serious.
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Jessica, if you mean the box beside your name, I can only think it’s via a Typepad profile page, but thanks for trying and then sending the email, that’s a gorgeous rose
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