Tag Archives: british literature

Shells, Hearts, Boarding, and Someone’s Typing Up my Thoughts: Elizabeth George’s Believing the Lie; Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart; Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man; Muriel Spark’s The Comforters

Dear Reader: This will be a catch-up post of a grab bag of this week’s books. 502)  Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George, 2012 (hard copy, library) I’ve read every book George has every written.  She’s one of just a few living writers (also Alice Munro, Sue Miller) about whom I can say this. Inspector …

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Adultery and Goshawks: Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris and Heather Allen’s Leaving a Shadow

Dear Reader: Remember how I asked you about spring light – whether it was an illusion or if it did seem different…  THANK YOU Billy Collins! It is a kind of spring morning–candid sunlight elucidating the air, a flower-ruffling breeze– Billy Collins, A History of Weather From Questions about Angels (1999) Candid sunlight – perfect!  …

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Lovers, Time Bombs, and Viennese Waltzes: Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day

Dear Reader: A lovely, sunny day today where I’m at – hope it is the same for all of you! 193) The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen “War had made them idolise day and summer; night and autumn were enemies.” (p. 3) Bowen remains a favorite of mine and I was eager to …

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8 Months, 14 Days or 258 Days, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes, 38 Seconds

Dear Reader: It has been 8 months, 14 days since I started this blog on July 17, 2011.  Seems like a good time to take stock! Reading Spot Central When I started, my goal was to a) limit myself to buying no more than 20 books in a year, b) read my own books at …

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Do They Feel Lucky? Sex, Chips, and Barrels: Stewart O’Nan’s The Odds

Dear Reader: It’s so nice to have dog friends – other good friends who love dogs, not dogs I love, but those are excellent too. Last night Christy treated me to a lovely dinner and lots of dog talk. This morning Mark and I took Louie, Sophie, Gus, and Zoe out for 1.5 hours of …

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Colons, Thunder Dogs, Gender, and Sexuality: Helen R. Hull’s Labyrinth, Last September; Borowitz’s An Unexpected Twist; Hingson’s Thunder Dog

Dear Reader: This will be another catch up post where I talk about a number of books and stories that I’ve read in the last couple weeks…. #413) An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz (kindle single) Kindle singles are long essays: somewhere between book and essay length, like a novella.  Amazon has issued 169 of …

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Making It to the Top: The Big 2-0-0…

Dear Reader: Jillian has started a great new Classics Club over at Room of One’s Own.  Yay Classics!  And sorry – I accidentally hit publish when I meant to hit save draft – email subscribers, note that this post is/was not done… The idea is that you set a personal goal of reading a certain …

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Cursuses, Diamonds, Oland, and Addisons: Four in One Mystery Monday (Magdalen Nabb, Johan Theorin, Elly Griffiths, Lauren Grodstein)

Dear Reader: Ahhh spring! 19 degrees Farenheit. 16 more inches of snow! Black ice… The flowers are so lovely this time of year (in my imagination) up here on the fabled shores of Lake Superior… OK, the upside – two days of glorious cross country skiing with Gus. It makes me laugh to see him …

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Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple

Dear Reader: I just finished my second Dorothy Whipple book Greenbanks – the first was Someone in a Distance and, as you may remember, I loved the earlier book.  Dorothy Whipple is getting a lot of attention from book bloggers of a certain type – ones who appreciate classics and particularly enjoy novels by women. …

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Elizabeth Bowen’s Collected Stories (cont)

Dear Reader: I have been working my way through #12 The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy).  I am very much enjoying them. This surprises me because I had believed I’d lost the ability to enjoy short stories.  But I find myself loving these stories and finding it harder to make my way through …

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