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August 2010, what are you reading

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Leo62
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Postby Leo62 » Fri August 13th, 2010, 10:34 pm

"JCDaily" wrote:Does anyone else here enjoy Ms. Chevalier's work? I'm a fan of split narrative and the use of multiple narrators, so, I enjoy that element of her writing. I'm new to this board. Thanks for having me!

Joseph


Hi Joseph :D

I've found her stuff a bit mixed, and I still don't think she's matched Girl With A Pearl Earring. However, I did enjoy Falling Angels and I think it's under-rated - it gets under the skin of middle-class Edwardians very well IMO.
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Postby EC2 » Fri August 13th, 2010, 10:51 pm

Hi Joseph,

I've not read all of TC's work, but I have enjoyed those I have tried. It took me two attempts to get into GWAPE. I didn't give it long enough the first time and felt that the opening pages were like a creative writng exercise. But the second time I really loved it, so I guess it was partly my mood the first time and partly not persevering. I enjoyed The Lady and the Unicorn a lot, and Falling Angels. I've not been disappointed yet.
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Postby boswellbaxter » Fri August 13th, 2010, 10:57 pm

I'm reading A Royal Passion by Katie Whitaker, nonfiction about the marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria.
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Postby Misfit » Fri August 13th, 2010, 11:33 pm

"Michy" wrote:Guess they just wanted to see if you're still awake. :)

It looks like an old book -- is it Yankee Stranger by any chance? Ever After is on its way to me, although it seems to be taking the slow route.


Yes, it is an older book but not YS. Still waiting for that to be returned by previous borrower :mad:
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Postby annis » Fri August 13th, 2010, 11:53 pm

Posted by JCDaily
Does anyone else here enjoy Ms. Chevalier's work? I'm a fan of split narrative and the use of multiple narrators, so, I enjoy that element of her writing. I'm new to this board. Thanks for having me!


Hi JC, welcome to the forum :) i've read all of TC's novels and enjoyed most of them. My personal favourite is The Lady and the Unicorn, though I thought she was in great form with her latest, Remarkable Creatures. (My review here) The only one I found less than appealing was Burning Bright. Despite the interesting subjects- William Blake, the Radicals, Astley's Circus- it felt a bit flat, and the characters didn't engage me as much as usual.

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Postby annis » Sat August 14th, 2010, 1:01 am

Kasthu, as yet I haven't made much progress with South Riding, due to the' flu affecting my current powers of concentration :( I did become intrigued by the ancient administrative structure of Yorkshire, though when I checked out the background for the word "Riding" and discovered it had nothing to do with horses, and everything to do with the Viking Danelaw!

"In Yorkshire, the Viking rulers divided the county into three separate units for ease of administration. The Old Norse word for a third of something (thrithjungr) became modified to 'riding', giving rise to the East Riding, North Riding and West Riding of Yorkshire. (There never was a South Riding- Holtby invented it) These administrative Ridings existed right from the Viking age until 1974, when they were dismantled by the UK Boundary Commission. Since 1974, Yorkshire people conscious of their heritage has pressed for the restoration of the ancient Viking Ridings. At the sub-shire county level, the Viking administrative unit was the 'vapnatak', which is expressed as 'wapentake' today. At the periodic meetings of the wapentake (a kind of local parliament and court) we believe the freemen vote by a show of weapons, which were then counted. The wapentakes still exist today for certain administrative purposes and they can be found marked on local maps."

Source : The Danelaw

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Postby SonjaMarie » Sat August 14th, 2010, 6:45 am

I've finished "The Maniac In The Bushes & More Tales of Cleveland Woe - True Crimes & Disasters From the Streets of Cleveland" by John S. Bellamy II (298pgs, 1997). Interesting book, enough so that I want to read some of his other books about Cleveland crime and disasters eventually.

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Postby Vanessa » Sat August 14th, 2010, 8:53 am

"JCDaily" wrote:Does anyone else here enjoy Ms. Chevalier's work? I'm a fan of split narrative and the use of multiple narrators, so, I enjoy that element of her writing. I'm new to this board. Thanks for having me!

Joseph


Welcome, Joseph. I hope you enjoy it here.

I enjoy Tracy Chevalier's books. My favourite is Virgin Blue, followed by The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Falling Angels. I loved The Lady and the Unicorn, too. I have Burning Bright and Remarkable Creatures on my TBR pile.
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Postby EC2 » Sat August 14th, 2010, 9:22 am

I'm still busy with Vanor Bennet's The People's Queen. It is superb so far - now 150 pages in.
Les proz e les vassals

Souvent entre piez de chevals

Kar ja li coard n’I chasront



'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'


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Postby Madeleine » Sat August 14th, 2010, 11:39 am

Hi Joseph and welcome, have fun here.

I'm a big fan of Tracy Chevalier, I haven't read the two most recent books yet (Remarkable Creatures and Burning Bright), however I can highly recommend Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Lady and The Unicorn. I also enjoyed Falling Angels, and liked The Virgin Blue although I thought it felt a bit unfinished.
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