Tag Archives: World War II

Nazis, Adultery, Curries, Curates, and Regency

Dear Reader: A couple mysteries, two biographies, and a novel. 127) Until thy Wrath is Past by Asa Larsson (kindle) #15 Bettan and Simon are young people in love with adventure and each other.  And then they mysteriously die on a dive to see a crashed airplane in a remote lake.  We are led through …

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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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Trees, Gemeinschaft, and Bildungsromans: Billy Collins’ The Art of Drowning; Richard Bessel’s Life in the Third Reich; and Helen R. Hull’s Quest

Dear Reader: Super-windy, bright sunny April day and we went for a long hike over hill and dale this morning with Jo and Mundy.  Great time had by all. 480) The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins, 1995 (hard copy) These meditative poems by Collins are like well-balanced meals – vegetables (references to Hamlet and …

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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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Blood and Ice: Mayling Soong Chiang by Helen Hull

Dear Reader: I scored a couple Helen Hull (1888-1971) books from Popek’s Used Books (Michael published Forgotten Bookmarks discussed in an earlier post).  One is #157 Landfall and the other #156 Mayling Soong Chiang. According to the Feminist Press which reissued her early novels: Quest and The Islanders, Hull wrote 17 novels and 65 short …

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