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Whither the Fruit of Her Hands? Marilyn Yalom’s A History of the Wife

Yalom, Marilyn. A History of the Wife. HarperCollins, 2001.  Most of us are probably at least vaguely familiar with Proverbs 31 10-31 which defines the “virtuous woman . . . her price is far above rubies. [pearls or coral in some … Continue reading

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To Everything a Season?: Ali Smith’s Autumn

Smith, Ali. Autumn. Penguin, 2017. Autumn is a strange season, at its beginning a golden “season of mellow fruitfulness” (Keats “Ode to Autumn) but also at its end the harbinger of winter which “raineth drop and staineth slop” (Pound “Ancient Music”). Some … Continue reading

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Still a Way to Go

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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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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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Not the Whole Story: More thoughts on Frances Hodgson Burnett

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. A Little Princess; Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Told for the First Time. Not long ago, I reviewed Burnett’s The Secret Garden, and one of my readers responded with a comment comparing The Secret … Continue reading

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Notes from the (Un)forgotten Past: H. E. Bates The Daffodil Sky

Bates, H. E. The Daffodil Sky. [Michael Joseph 1955] Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin,       1959. Our library just had its annual book sale. Needless to say, notwithstanding the fact that my book shelves are already full, I succumbed to temptation. One of the … Continue reading

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