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Yes indeed Nancy it was a wonderful film and the girl amazing. I havent seen the earlier one and have no wish to. Shane -- must try that. Many thanks, and for your comments on the Virginian
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I think Im getting to be a convert -- thanks for the recommendation, Annabel! Harriet Devine 6 La Marelle, 50240 Montanel, France
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I have not, Bellezza, but I think I might give it a go. Thanks for the tip. And do read True Grit -- unforgettable. Harriet Devine 6 La Marelle, 50240 Montanel, France
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Helen my friend who sent me the photo has just sent a link to the diaries on Amazon -- my research abilities clearly not up to scratch. Here's the link for anyone who's interested: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/0811802248/ref=dp_olp_used/275-3595646-0136759?ie=UTF8&condition=used
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Alex I think if you let go of all previous preconceptions, you would be certain to love this film. Its highly intelligent and a really fascinating story.
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Thanks, Wendy. Im certainly intrigued.
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That's so true, Darlene. Painting fabrics and textile in general is so impressive, and lace must be the biggest challenge of all.
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That's really interesting -- presumably she features as a writer rather than a painter. It certainly looks like a self-portrait to me.
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Id never heard of her either, but yes, it is sad.
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Im afraid it is rather grisly, though well meaning, Im sure.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on On Not Liking Books at Harriet Devine's Blog
Sorry about La Plante -- Ive never read her -- but I know that experience of throwing books, which can be very satisfying! Harriet Devine 6 La Marelle, 50240 Montanel, France
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Thats fine, Danielle! No pressure -- it was just a thought! x
Too right, Darlene. My trouble is that I am supposed to like crime -- well, I do, but only within limits -- mysteries and police procedurals are OK, but violent thrillers I find very upsetting and distasteful, Must learn to put them aside and stop feeling guilty.
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Carol Ive really surprised myself in my liking for Harkness. Not what Id consider my cup of tea at all, but I revel in the whole thing for some reason. Sibyl Brinton is wonderful and deserves to be much better known -- hooray for Hesperus! Horrid is right for the others, at least for those of delicate sensibility.
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You will be busy! If you manage to squeeze in the Tana French, I wonder if you'd like to post a review of it on SNB? But you probably feel you've got quite enough on your plate as it is!
I would have to nominate The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney, which also involves a lot of tracking through the Canadian wastes of snow. Great novel. I haven't read this one of your, but sounds like I'd enjoy it. Mind you, I love the heat, or at least the level of it we have here -- yours sounds pretty bad!
Yes indeed Claire. Whatever the story, she seems awfully keen to get the letter sealed in a hurry!
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Yes I'm sure it's for sealing wax -- and the light is coming from some other brighter form of illumination. I see Claire has spotted this below as well. Probably you are right about the parents, though I suppose we'll never know for sure.
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No I don't know if she's married or not, just guessed it from the guilty look on her face. But as Lisa says below, she could just as easily be a young woman writing to her lover behind her parents' back. Probably more likely, in fact, given the era -- perhaps painting an adulteress would be a step too far. As for the candle, see Lisa's comment below.
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Thanks Danielle. I think youre too modest. Hope you enjoy the new-to-you blogs. Such fun to discover new people! Harriet Devine 6 La Marelle, 50240 Montanel, France
Interesting -- you obviously have a soft spot for foreign detectives, whereas I prefer the English variety. Each to his own, though.
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Time I gave them a go, methinks.
Ann and Carol, you are so right. Too many great books, too little time.
FHB is a wonderful writer, though I must admit I prefer her childrens' books. The Secret Garden is probably somewhere near the top of my list of all-time favourite books. Anyone who hasn't read her is in for a huge treat! Thanks for this, Elaine.
I love it too, Alex and was thinking much the same thing!
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