Long Weekend is a go!! Lots of reading and gardening will be happening. And chips and rosé
Long Weekend is a go!! Lots of reading and gardening will be happening. And chips and rosé
If I had one complaint about this one is how the ending seemed harsh in how abrupt it seemed. This is #reesewitherspoon book club pick and I loved it. There was something so romantic and heartbreaking about how the first Oxford Dictionary came to be and How Esme found her place. Have Kleenex handy and settle in. #bookclubread #mayread
If I could pick somewhere between a pick and a so-so, that's where this book would be. It's not to say that I didn't find it to be a good read, but I was frustrated by some of the large chunks of time between portions that were left out. Of course they may not have been pertinent to the story but it would have helped to develop the characters more and help to be a le to empathize with them more.
Historical fiction about the creation of the first Oxford English Dictionary, world events, and a young woman who notices what does not get included in the OED. Many real people are characters in this book and Pip Williams does a great job at weaving historical facts into her fictional character‘s riveting story. https://cannonballread.com/2022/05/the-dictionary-of-lost-words-a-novel-elcicco/
I loved this quiet, lovely story about the power of words, both the ones included and the ones left out. The creation of the Oxford English dictionary, women's suffrage, & WWI form the backdrops for this story about a young woman questioning her place in that world. The story, which spans decades, contains love, loss, & beautiful friendships. I was disappointed, though, with the abrupt ending, especially in a book that seemed unhurried until then.
It took me a minute to get into this one; the prologue didn‘t grab me in the midst of other library distractions, and I renewed 5 times. With that said, I finally got into it around my 4th renewal, and I‘ve got 30 pages left. It‘s due today, and I‘m okay with the 10cent library fine. A fascinating (fictional) history of the Oxford English, within the context of the suffrage movement, and WWI. Well-written and worth the wait I imposed on myself😏
It‘s not an impulse buy if it‘s been on my TBR for a while, right? Hubby needed to “stop by” to pick up a preordered. Unless we‘re in a rush, I don‘t ever just “stop by” any bookstore. I love to take my time even if I‘m almost positive inventory hasn‘t changed much since our last visit.
A beautifully written historical novel about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary and specifically about the words that are left out due to sexism and class. I found this fascinating and loved the strong female protagonist
It was so interesting to learn how the words in the dictionary got there before technology and how much work went into it. I want to explore more on this subject. Any recommendations are welcome for further reading!
I really wanted to love this more than I did. A great title and cover, and a book about words. How could a book lover not love it? I did like it…I think it just moved too slowly for me to really get sucked in the way I had hoped I would. I esp. liked the author‘s note at the end. I sort of wished I‘d read that first. The historical fiction aspect really pulled it together for me after reading that.
For some reason say lexicographers and I‘m in. Plus, what a great cover.
Can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this take on the collecting of quotations that informed the definitions in the first Oxford English #Dictionary and words that were left out. If you find the summary in the database intriguing, you won't be disappointed in the book. One of my top ten of 2021. Fun to follow with the movie (also a book) "The Professor and the Madman" which focuses on one of the volunteers who provides potential definitions.
This took a while to get in to - Esme as a child kind of annoyed me. But it clicked sometime through Part 3 and I quite liked the woman Esme grew in to. The final part was a challenge, I was really hoping for a different ending but alas, I was not rewarded for all my finger crossing.
My September pick for #12booksof2021. A friend picked it for our September book club meeting and I liked it enough that I got a copy for my mom for Christmas.
A gorgeous historical fiction novel that made me cry more than once. The daughter of a lexicographer grows up alongside the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as the women's suffrage movement and WWI. Explores the ways in which sex and class impact the inclusion (or exclusion) of words in the dictionary alongside the story of a remarkable young woman.
This was a December bookclub pick. I thought the audio was well done. It‘s a great story, I really enjoy the idea of growing up around the developing dictionary and exposure to that level of attention to words.
I also liked the idea of the women‘s words, it seems like it would be tons of fun collecting those.
This is my book club‘s current pick- and I absolutely loved this debut novel! It depicts a human side of the meticulous process involved in the publication of the Oxford English Dictionary. Esme is a charming character from childhood through adulthood and the supporting characters- those based in fact and fiction equally come to life! I really enjoyed this and can‘t wait to hear what the rest of the group thought of it!!
3-5 Nov 2021 (audiobook)
The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary told via Esme, who from the age of 3 sat in the Scriptorium with her single father, a lexicographer. Although Esme is fictional, many other characters are not. Williams chooses to focus on the role of women in this Herculean task, the words and meanings necessarily left out due to the bias of the male, middle-class editors and the contemporaneous story of women‘s suffrage.
A lovely novel about love, loss, grief, representation and the importance and power of words.
Beautifully written with interesting characters. It‘s protagonist, Esme is intelligent, curious and quietly elegant as she finds her voice and a way to make a meaningful contribution in her own way. I really enjoyed this.
What a wonderful book. Told from the POV of the daughter of one of the men who worked on collating the Oxford English dictionary. She was fascinated by the slips the men worked with that had words to be included or not in the dictionary. I never really thought how many years it took to create these volumes and without technology how they collected and decided on words. A book that has sent me looking for more info on the creation of it
4.5⭐️ It took me a bit to get into the book, but once I did, which was at around the halfway point in the book, I really quite liked it. I liked the overall historical period that the story was placed in and liked the questions that it raises. #2021 #bookclub #fiction #historicalfiction #lexicography #bookspinbingo
I started this book and was really interested in it, but then the pacing bounced around too much and I struggled to continue with it, but I pushed through and I am glad I did. It is beautiful and thought-provoking. It is hard to describe my thoughts and feelings about this book. The more I dwell on this book, the more I see hidden between its pages.
Esme grows up at the Scriptorium where her father works defining words for the new Oxford English Dictionary. Starting with grabbing a fallen slip for "bondmaid," she begins collecting words.
You know those books you sink into immediately, knowing they are perfect reads for you? This was one for me. I loved the historical details about the creation of the OED and the meditation on language, especially what gets left out.
A novel based on actual events of the publishing of the dictionary. A woman‘s life as told through the discovery of words that will not be making it into the Oxford English Dictionary due to them being “women‘s” words or words that are not to be used in polite society. It is a meandering and slow read, something that could be savored on a winter afternoon.
Been in a bit of a reading rut lately, and there‘s nothing that I love more than a book about books. This took that even further as a book about words. A feminist work, it goes through the life of a woman who works on the Oxford dictionary and realizes that the views and understanding of words by women is not captured in it, so she takes matters into her own hand. Loved all the strong female characters, and the authors note was great! 8/10
I'm still figuring out the paperwhite, but I just finished A Wrinkle in Time (5 stars, can't believe I've never read it before now) and I'm about to start The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. I even read in the bathtub tonight. I'm enjoying the lightweight-ness of it, though it's still a bit large for me to read comfortably one- handedly. I switch between hands.... but I also do that with paperbacks.
Having finished this book where words serve almost as characters, I feel that my words are inadequate to describe the beauty of this book. Centering around the creation of the OED, covering history, women‘s suffrage, WWI, love in many forms, it is, in essence a story about the power of words. I am left with two: gobsmacked and recommend.
Have you ever thought about how the dictionary came to be? This is the story of the creation of the Oxford Dictionary, and of a young girl who grows up in the very “room where it happened”. Esme witnesses that certain words are discarded, and so begins her lifelong project to include the words of women, the poor and uneducated. The photo is of the actual staff at Oxford. A tribute to words and what one woman can accomplish.
Amazon knows me only too well. This came in an email of Kindle recommendations, and I couldn‘t resist. The heck with the Mozart book, this is #nextup
My book club loved The Dictionary of Lost Words!
The story of a young woman, who grows up literally under/at the sorting table for the Oxford English Dictionary.
It's the story of the missing words. Words spoken by women, but also words spoken by the lower classes.
A story of loss and grief and love and finding your true self within and outside the pages of the dictionary.
#Audiosewing a pair of trousers - pic shows right shin. 🙄
Started a new audiobook.
Loved the historical research and creative fictional story of Esme growing up in the scriptorium! No secret here my favorite book when I was young was a dictionary given to me by a teacher in 6th grade. I read it like a novel over and over🤪
The story of the Oxford Dictionary and how it influenced and been influenced by women. Told through Esme who is raised there and collects words forgotten and lost -- most of which seem to be about women. She later works there. She marries Gareth who instead of giving her a ring, makes a book of all the words she's collected. After her death, her lost words gets sent to daughter, a lexicographer. Very good until end when we lose Esme‘s voice.
#CurrentlyListening to this novel about a girl who collects words that are ignored by her father and the other OED lexicographers because they‘re too common, too female, too spoken instead of written.
Esme‘s father is part of the team creating the OED, so her fascination with words starts early. She soon comes to wonder about words the average person might use, especially women, which aren‘t being included, and is determined to collect them. This is an utterly charming historical fiction novel that edges toward twee but manages to steer clear of that. I really enjoyed it.
This historical novel begins in 1886, with the ongoing multi-volume project of the Oxford English Dictionary. Motherless Esme hangs out with her father and the other lexicographers as they work. Her affinity for words, especially those deemed unsuitable for inclusion in the OED, really captured my heart. There was a point where I thought the book might turn a bit sappy for my taste but the strong ending returned me to full admiration. #Ozfiction