Social distancing isn't so bad when you can have a fire and read in the back yard. Kind of like not having to see people for a change. I know it will grow tiresome quickly though
Day two of March break begins perfectly - with tea & a book!
I'm not really a "Westerns" girl. I've watched Tombstone only once & then only after reading Doc (also by Russell) but I have loved both books and imagine that's to do with the author & her beautiful writing. I'm completely in love with the Earps & Doc & the way she portrays them. I had a book hangover when I finished this & a NEED to read more about these people in non-fiction so I added a bunch of stuff to my list. A great read!
I am impressed with Russell‘s breadth of interest in subjects and depth of research she does for her books. She drives home with this novel how “history” is fluid and continually redrawn by the tellers and listeners alike. For several reasons this must have been a frustrating, albeit fascinating, piece of history and folklore to delve into.
I‘ll definitely be reading Doc.
The telegraph exchange between Holliday & Katie with the operators‘ commentary was funny enough for me to LOL and then unplug my husband from his podcast and read it aloud. 😆 (This is just a short excerpt from the series of exchanges. Holliday is begging Katie to forgive him.) Really enjoying this book!
Off to Malaprop‘s bookstore today after some NC BBQ. Woot! Very excited! Good day for it as it‘s been raining since yesterday afternoon and we‘re stuck in the camper.
This book is so well-developed. Focusing on how all the main players of the shootout at the OK Corral got to Tombstone, Russell describes the history through new perspectives—including from the eyes of the women in the Earps‘ lives. I‘m hoping to finish the audio by the end of the weekend! Only 15 more hours to go!☺️
“To understand the gunfight in Tombstone, stop-now-and watch a clock for 30 seconds. Listen to it tick while you try to imagine one half of a single minute so terrible it will pursue you all your life and far beyond the grave.” Mary Doris Russell
I don't think of myself as a reader of westerns, but I loved this. It's a novelization of the Wyatt Earp and co story in Tombstone and beyond. I appreciated the inclusion of the women here. Well worth a listen or a read.
This is just #idlecuriosity, but what fuels your reading? Coffee? Pizza? Rain on the roof? Any combination of things that make your reading time more perfect?
We worked in the garden in the afternoon, and I rescued these from the new rose arch we installed to try to rein in our Therese Bugnet rose. I wish you could smell these.
Last night after American Gods, I managed to stay awake long enough to start Epitaph. I think it's the only MDR I've not read, which makes me sad because it's wonderful and I want more. But I know she's working on something new, so not horribly sad. It's wonderful.
This is my third Mary Doria Russel Novel and I am in awe of her writing. She truly brings her stories to life paining a picture that you feel part of. If you read this I would encourage you to read to the end. It highlights the hype and misinformation built up by our media and Hollywood surrounding this piece of our history.
It's finally raining in Southern California! Because apparently small people melt in the rain, I'm doing school pick up and catching up on this awesome western novel while I wait. 🔫🌂☔️🌧