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CarolynM
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Gratuitous photo of Leo in the garden

#BookReport Read and reviewed Catching Teller Crow and The Tin Can Tree. 33% through The Widow Cliquot. (the story of Veuve Cliquot champagne) and Shots on Goal (m/m hockey romance) Started The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead. No progress on my #ChunksterChallenge read
#WeeklyForecast Finish what I've started. Make a start on We Begin Our Ascent (my handbag book this week).

Tamra Not fair play! Jealous! Recovering from a blizzard. 😏 4h
Centique Aw that‘s pretty! You‘re doing well, my garden looks a bit dead apart from the agaves 😂 4h
Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 3h
Cinfhen Like your forecast!! Sounds like a plan 🌸🌷🌸 now
thegreensofa 😻😻😻 now
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Graywacke
The Professor's House | Willa Cather
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#catherbuddyread
The Professor‘s House - The Family 1-7

“Van Dyck's portrait of Frans Snyders, now at the British Museum, resembles Cather's described features for Professor Godfrey St. Peter in The Professor's House” http://arcadiasystems.org/academia/cathart4.html

First discussion for this. Thoughts? Progress? Enjoying? Not? What do you all makes this St Peter character?

Graywacke @arubabookwoman - interested in following? 13h
Graywacke St. Peter‘s physical description: (2 posts): “He had a long brown face, with an oval chin over which he wore a close-trimmed Van Dyke, like a tuft of shiny black fur. With this silky, very black hair, he had a tawny skin with gold lights in it, a hawk nose, and hawk-like eyes--brown and gold and green. 13h
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Graywacke They were set in ample cavities, with plenty of room to move about, under thick, curly, black eyebrows that turned up sharply at the outer ends, like military moustaches. His wicked-looking eyebrows made his students call him Mephistopheles--and there was no evading the searching eyes underneath them; eyes that in a flash could pick out a friend or an unusual stranger from a throng” 13h
Tamra @Graywacke despite the physical description, I find his character endearing so far! In particular his first exchange with the dressmaker when she comes to take the forms to the new house. (edited) 13h
Lcsmcat I agree with @tamra - he‘s my favorite. The wife and oldest daughter annoy me, but Kathleen is more sympathetic. 12h
Lcsmcat It‘s a little hard for me to understand why he‘s married to Lillian, they seem so different. 12h
Graywacke @Tamra @Lcsmcat I‘m not so sure I agree. 😐 I‘m on the fence. He‘s never straight forward, and there‘s always a sense of of manipulation in how he explains things (to others, but it seems he believes what he says, so to himself as well). 11h
Graywacke I think Cather is working through the textures of character. 11h
Graywacke @tamra - I like Lilian. 🤣 She‘s savvy. 11h
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Really? I see her as representing the “new” for Cather the way Ivy Peters does in A Lost Lady. 10h
Graywacke @Lcsmcat Yes, really. 🙂 She's is practical but she's dealing with a distracted, self-important husband who stumbled into success two times over and isn't interested in it. (His book and Outland's technology) Her husband literally lives his life pontificating to students and hiding in a closet, and then resenting any distractions from this. Seriously, I think he needs her, and she understands him just enough to work him over. I can go on... (edited) 9h
Graywacke @Lcsmcat but you also bring in an interesting perspective with Ivy Peters. Clearly applies to Louie (although he's way more sophisticated socially). But I hadn't considered Lillian in this way. 9h
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Louie is definitely an Ivy-type character. And Godfrey didn‘t get any money from Tom Outland‘s invention. It went to Rosamond (and thus to Louie.) I suppose he pontificates to students, but I liked his saying how having one or two really bright students made his teaching worthwhile. And his hiding out in his study struck me as a way to get away from Lillian - her criticism of him and her nouveaux riche attitude. 9h
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I'm coming back to this, but 🤐 for now...except (😁) to claim that I think Louie's success is Godfrey's, even if he pleads no interest. He's having it both ways. 8h
CarolynM I'm with @Lcsmcat on this. I like St Peter a lot. And the book seems to be reading itself, it's so easy! 8h
Tamra I loved the descriptive writing of the physical spaces, especially of the old house. Reminded me of my own, always work to be done, lived in, memories in every dent. Godfrey‘s attic & garden is his sanctuary from the practical demands of life, which is so relatable. 7h
Lcsmcat @CarolynM @Graywacke @Tamra What does it say about Cather as an author that the women (in this small sample anyway) like Godfrey more and Dan like Lillian? I think it speaks to her skill with characterization. 7h
Tamra “The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one‘s own.” Is this a foreshadowing of characters who are islands in themselves? Lonely, unknown, not truly seen or understood, or appreciated? 7h
Tamra @Lcsmcat the jury is still out on the women for me. It seems Lillian is lonely, bored and grappling with giving meaning to her life. 7h
Lcsmcat @Tamra Love that quote! 7h
Graywacke @Lcsmcat since we‘re a population of 4, tough to conclude. But, yeah, Cather is making these characters complex enough you can view them from a number of ways. For example, I like both son-in-laws as SiLs - but I wouldn‘t want either as a business associate. I‘m guessing most people hate them, as Cather tears them down, but she also builds them up. Chose your perspective. 6h
Graywacke @Tamra good point about the holding off judgment. We‘re early yet. 6h
Graywacke @Tamra it‘s a lovely quote. A Dante reference. I think loneliness is a theme. 6h
jewright All I could think of was how much St. Peter reminded me of our kids when we moved into our new house. For six months, they asked to go back to our old house even though the new one was better in every way. He has success now, but he doesn‘t seem to care. I did feel sad that he doesn‘t really like his daughter‘s choice of a husband. I guess I‘m different than most, but he is kind of annoying me! You can‘t live in the past! 6h
Graywacke @jewright I think this counts as yet another different perspective. 🙂 (edited) 6h
CarolynM @Lcsmcat @Tamra I like Lillian, Kathleen and Scott. I can understand their points of view. Louie and Rosamond I don't like - much too interested in appearances for my taste. 6h
Lcsmcat @CarolynM I like Scott, too. I didn‘t mean all males in the story. Just Godfrey and Lillian. 6h
Tamra @CarolynM so far the only one I have a distaste for is Louie. 😖 Appearance driven and what yucky interactions he has with Lillian. 5h
Tamra @jewright we loved our old house with all its quirks, for the most part. We all say we miss it, but don‘t want to move back. Funny how that is. I think it‘s the memories a young family makes in a house. There is a passage coming up in the next section on point relating to this idea. 😁 (edited) 5h
arubabookwoman @Graywacke Thanks for tagging me. Yes I‘m interested. I started the book a few weeks ago then set it aside. Kindle tells me I‘ve read 10%—I‘ll read a bit more tonight then come back and read all the comments. 5h
Graywacke @CarolynM @Lcsmcat @tamra So many opinions on all these characters. I‘ll give Louie and Rosamond some credit, even of they‘re really flawed and arrogant. 4h
Graywacke @Tamra ( @jewright ) you have me curious about what‘s coming. I had St. Peter not so much attached to the house, but as happiest hidden in his closet - which happened to be in that house. Hmm... Anyway, it‘s funny that all he does is not want to move and all anyone offers him, is moving help and enticements. (edited) 4h
Graywacke I have more thoughts on St Peter - of the iffy variety. But later. Watch this spot. (edited) 4h
batsy @Tamra I love that quote as well, and thought of it as a foreshadowing of sorts. 3h
batsy I have a confession: I finished the book ? I loved it, with some thoughts I won't reveal until we're all finished. I found characters interesting even if they can be annoying—Godfrey is operating on a different plane from the rest. Love how he is described as being a "a servant" to the lively curiosity & critical mind of his students. But that leaves him ill-equipped to handle the uglier side of life (the envy & resentment of Kathleen, for e.g.). 3h
batsy @Lcsmcat I'm not find of Lillian, either, but I also appreciate how Cather made me see what Godfrey loved in her—"a richly endowed nature that responded strongly to life and art". Good point about the parallels to A Lost Lady; I think that her richly endowed nature can flourish only in comfortable material conditions. 2h
Tamra @batsy 👏🏾👏🏾 I‘m so happy you have a positive review! I‘ve been restraining myself, which is difficult because I‘m a monogamous reader. (edited) 2h
Graywacke @batsy really interesting comments about Godfrey (a different plane... ) and about Lillian. 2h
Graywacke @Tamra @batsy I‘m terrible at setting paces, but even if I had it better, there‘s no one-shoe-fits-all pacing. So no worries. Funny though, @batsy, that you‘re already done. 2h
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Tamra
Professor's House | Willa Cather
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Enjoying every chapter! I‘ve highlighted several passages already. The Professor and his office are so endearing. 👍🏾 @Graywacke #catherbuddyread

Nebklvr I need to get back to Cather. 3d
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Graywacke
The Professor's House | Willa Cather
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St. Peter has a hallow. ☺️

(Sorry, Professor Godfrey St. Peter)

#catherbuddyread

Graywacke huh...so his name is God Free St. Peter ? 5d
batsy Ha! I like that... God Free... 5d
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batsy
The Professor's House | Willa Cather
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Cather's writing is like fine wine; you can read disappointing books and always go back to her for something to strike you with its unexpected depth and insight 😍

#catherbuddyread @Graywacke

Lcsmcat These passages spoke to me too. 7d
Graywacke 🧡 vain-glorious chivalry 🙂 I‘ll start today, I think. I miss being in her mindset. 7d
Tanisha_A I am going to start it tomorrow. Looking forward! 😍 7d
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Scochrane26 This is an author I really need to read but haven‘t yet. 7d
batsy @Lcsmcat I loved this brief back and forth between them and am intrigued to see how this marriage is depicted. 7d
batsy @Graywacke @Tanisha_A I missed that, too, and it feels good to be "back" ? 7d
batsy @Scochrane26 If you'd like to join the #catherbuddyread for this book, pls feel free! @Graywacke leads our discussions and the first one isn't until the 18th. 7d
Lcsmcat @batsy It seems to be a different kind of marriage than she has portrayed in other works. 7d
Scochrane26 @batsy I think I want to read My Antonia. One of my favorite authors (Silas House) has said that it is one of his favorite books. 3d
batsy @Scochrane26 That's a good one! If you have the time and inclination I recommend the Prairie Trilogy: O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Antonia. They're not connected but reading it in that order was an illuminating experience :) 3d
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CarolynM
Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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A beautifully written ugly story. I found it hard to be sympathetic to the narrator, but I was conscious that I have never had to negotiate such challenging issues of identity or social position (for which I am very grateful). Does this qualify as a banned book #booked2020?
#BookReport finished Sofia Khan is not Ok, Case Histories & this
#WeeklyForecast start The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead continue The Thirties for #chunkster2020 then?

Cinfhen Yup, it has been banned and qualifies!! I‘m thinking of reading this one 👉🏾 7d
Crazeedi Love your mug! 7d
batsy Great review and a pretty mug 😍 7d
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CarolynM @Cinfhen Excellent! Thank you. That means I've crossed off 3 of the summer prompts. I'll do a post about it this week🙂 I read The Grapes of Wrath in high school - ugh! Good luck. 7d
CarolynM @Crazeedi @batsy Thank you. Love a bit of William Morris🙂 7d
Cinfhen Ohhhh, that‘s not a good endorsement. I might have to rethink that choice 🙄 (edited) 7d
CarolynM @Cinfhen Don't let me influence you. After all you liked East of Eden a lot more than I did. 7d
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I‘ve been wanting to read Grapes ever since we did the East of Eden buddy read. Let me know IF you decide on Grapes, we can buddy read! 7d
Cinfhen That‘s true @CarolynM 😂😂I forgot you disliked it!!! I WILL definitely let you know @erzascarletbookgasm having a friend to read along with really helps ☺️ 7d
Graywacke This was one of my favorite books from last year. I was maybe more sympathetic with the terrible empty American, but yes the writing was really beautiful and what I remember most. 7d
CarolynM @Graywacke I'm not sure being American had much to do with it. I couldn't excuse the way he used both Giovanni and Hella even though I understood how much he was struggling with his sexuality, his concept of masculinity and how he fitted in the world (in the US maybe even more than in Paris given the differences in the law). 6d
Graywacke @CarolynM oh, he was awful. But he obviously came from a place that seriously repressed his sexuality to the point he couldn‘t handle a good when he had it. 6d
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Lcsmcat
Professor's House | Willa Cather
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So happy to get back to Cather‘s prose! #catherbuddyread @Graywacke

Graywacke You‘re setting the pace (I haven‘t started yet ☺️) 2w
Tamra @Graywacke neither have I! 2w
Lcsmcat @Tamra @Graywacke It‘s from the 1st chapter. I‘m not very far in. 2w
Louise Cather is so great with these atmospheric details! 6d
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Graywacke
Professor's House | Willa Cather
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As always with the #catherbuddyread anyone is welcome to join with our little group.

Graywacke Of course, please let me know if you would like off the list. 2w
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Tamra I‘m in! 😁 2w
Lcsmcat I‘m in. 2w
Suet624 Thank you so much for thinking of me. I can‘t jump in on this one, but would be interested in the next selection. if you can add me to your list, that would be great. 2w
Hooked_on_books Thanks for including me, but you can take me off the list. I enjoyed joining in on the one book! 2w
jewright I‘m excited to read this one. I‘m going to try to stay on track and not read ahead this time! 2w
Louise I have ordered the book and am looking forward to the discussions. Thanks for organizing this! 2w
Graywacke @Suet624 you‘re on. Next is likely My Mortal Enemy. Timing is uncertain. @Hooked_on_books you‘re off 🙂 (sorry) 2w
CarolynM I'm in, thanks. Looking forward to it. 2w
Sace Awesome! Looking forward to it. 2w
SeaBreezeReader Updating my comment, as I won't be able to participate currently. Sorry. Wishing you all a good discussion though... (edited) 2w
Graywacke @SeaBreezeReader Sorry you can‘t join. Hope you do get chance to read it. Let me know if you want off the list on future posts. Otherwise I‘ll keep tagging you. 1w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @CarolynM @jewright @crazeedi @Tanisha_A @Louise @Sace @Tamra @batsy - just a reminder, first discussion is a week away. (Yes, I‘ve been neglectful on Litsy. It‘s a New Year thing. I‘ll be back to normal soon.) 1w
Lcsmcat Looking forward to it! 1w
Louise The book came in the mail a couple of days ago. Will dive in soon! 1w
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The Professor's House | Willa Cather
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There seems to be a bit of a color theme to my January reads, but I keep hearing Elmo‘s voice: 🎶 “One of these things is not like the other” 😀 The “misfit” is for my irl book club. The others are for #ReadWithMrBook, #AuthoraMonth, #DepthsofGlory, and #catherbuddyread. What else will I read? Time will tell. Happy New Year y‘all!