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~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day



Summer Reading....

After finishing the book, The Dictator, by Robert Harris, I began reading the one I ordered through Amazon...West with the Night, by Beryl Markham.  In a way, this, for me, is a 'tie-in' for the book I completed recently Circling the Sun.  The memoir, West with the Night, was written by the real life character of the book Circling the Sun.  I have already said previously, I LOVED the book[s] by McLain.  I think I was expecting another exceptional piece of work.  Well, to my disappointment, it was something that I would hesitate offering to anyone, for a couple of reasons.  Don't get me wrong, it WAS a good passage of a girl in  Africa, becoming an aviator...but her style of writing?  VERBOSE!!!!  Seriously, her language is way too colorful [how many synonyms for black could she possibly come up with to describe the night?]----------enough to make one whole paragraph ONE sentence!!!  When I took several classes of Creative Writing, 4 out of 5 instructors reiterated to NOT make story telling so word-full, it becomes redundant and boring to the reader.  I have two chapters in her book that are my favorites...the one where the mare is birthing....Ms. Markham tells it through the eyes of the horse as she is with her [the mare] in her stable!  And the last chapter,The Sea Will Take Small Pride, quite sentimental of her courageous and at the time, one-of-a-kind for a woman...life!!!

Now I bought several books for my summer reading.  Two from the same author as The Dictator...Robert Harris.  I began reading the newest released of his...Munich.  More or less about Neville Chamberlain [England's Prime Minister] and Aldolf Hitler.  A novel.  The other, the 2nd of the trilogy of Ancient Rome, Imperium....the courtroom dramas of Cicero.



Four others have been added to my shelf of 'to read' books....The Guns of August [a pulitzer prize winner of world war I genre] - Globe, Life in Shakespeare's London - Beautiful Crescent A history of New Orleans - Gone For Soldiers [The Mexican War with Santa Ana]. Those all should keep me occupied when it's so darned hot I have to stay indoors...reading!

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  1. I read free books on my kindle and you get some good ones but just as many that do not write very well. I read one that mentioned the characters steel blue eyes on just about every page.

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    1. Sounds like a romance novel?

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  2. I just finished two books I loved: The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Art of Purring, both written from the point of view of the cat who tells about what she learns listening in. It's a good way to learn about Buddhism without it being painful. :-)

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  3. enjoy your summer reads... i am enjoying my Catherine Coulter FBI series

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  4. I have enjoyed both of the books you wrote about previously and liked "Circling the Sun" - By Paula A McLain The best. "The Paris Wife" not so much. “Killers of the Flower Moon, The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann are next on my reading list.

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    1. Same here...I agree on the two McLain books!

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  5. I've never read a Harris book. If I wanted to start which book would you suggest I start with?

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    1. Carla, I really can't say as I've just finished one...The Dictator.

      It was tremenously good. At least for me and my 'likes'. I stared Munich, and so far it too is good.

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    2. Well I will put Dictator on my reading list and go from there. Thanks

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    3. If you like roman history...I think you'll enjoy.

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  6. The Shakespeare one looks interesting, as does the New Orleans one. Some authors seem to think the more words they can squeeze in, the better their book will be...NOT!

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    1. ...more pages, more money? lol

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  7. Oh do I understand the use of way too many words.
    When Cold Mountain, which takes place during the Civil War, came out years ago I was excited to read it since the author is from NC. Now a book has to grab my attention within the first few pages or at least the first chapter. Almost the entire first chapter was about what was seen from the small window in a cabin in the woods. Maybe I'm ADD; however, even if I had been able to get thru the first chapter, I didn't think I would be able to read the entire book so I put it down.
    Hugs C

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    1. Oh ya, I remember that book too. Disappointing. And all the hoopla of a best seller....movie wasn't very good either.

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  8. Glad to read your review of 'West With the Night' I had wondered about it after reading 'Circling the Sun.' But now I think I will skip it,
    I have just finished reading 'The Best Cook in the World' by Rick Bragg. It is a long book, but includes lots of old-fashioned southern country-style recipes. If a person grew up poor out in the country (as I did), I think they will like the book. But a person who has lived in a city all their life may not find it as interesting as I did.
    Hope you are having a good week!

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    1. The novel, I think, covered more 'ground' in Beryl's life, even tho fictionalized.

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  9. I need to find a really good book and sit down and have reading time every day. Several years ago I had a series of eye surgeries and couldn't read for the longest time. I can now, but I'm out of practice. Time to just do it!

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    1. Around here if you don't get busy by 9am before it REACHES 90°, there's no energy to do much but read. lol

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  10. With a cold and wet weekend in sight, I shall disappear into my books too. Happy reading!

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    1. Cold & wet? The cold sounds terrific ... the wet, not so much, but I'll take it over this tropical heat wave.

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