Author Archives: mariavigornia

Traveller’s Tales 3

The past two weeks have flown by. I have begun reading Pax Romana by Adrian Goldsworthy, and I have read John LeCarré ‘s latest A Legacy of Spies, but you will have to wait until I return to Canada for the … Continue reading

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The Personal View: Christabel Bielenberg’s The Past is Myself and The Road Ahead

I found this draft post unposted earlier today. I wrote it just before I left home and didn’t put it on line.  Bielenberg, Christabel. The Past is Myself. Chatto, 1968. Corgi, 1984 and The Road Ahead. Bantam 1992. Corgi, 1993. … Continue reading

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Traveller’s Tales II

Ten days since my last post. No time for reading other than reading landscape and reconstructing the past. I’ve somehow been unable to find a post office that’s open, and I did promise some people some snail mail. Broadband is … Continue reading

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Traveller’s Tales I

Those of you who follow my posts regularly may have been wondering if I’ve given up reading. Far from it, but I am travelling and will be back reviewing books in November. Meanwhile, here are a few photographs that will … Continue reading

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Whispers From the Past: Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos. The Shadow of the Wind. 2001. Trans. Lucia Graves. Penguin, 2004. Ruiz Zafón’s novel is possibly the work I’ve enjoyed most so far this year, though I’m not exactly sure that “enjoy” is quite the appropriate verb. … Continue reading

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Representing Himself: John Mortimer’s Clinging to the Wreckage

Mortimer, John. Clinging to the Wreckage. 1982. Penguin, 1983. I found this book on my bookshelf a couple of weeks ago and realized that it must be several years since I last read it. Certainly, when I began reading, nothing … Continue reading

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Making Repairs: Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove

Backman, Fredrik. A Man Called Ove. 2012. Trans. Henning Koch. Washington Square P, 2014. A few years ago, A Man Called Ove topped the New York Times best seller list. I’m not surprised. This is what I can only call … Continue reading

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