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Joined April 2018

(he/him) "Fill your heart with love today" Antifa, LGBTQIA+ ally, BLM, Bowie, Tolkien, Peake, PKD, Dune, Star Trek. ?☮?️‍?✊???‍???‍♀️????
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Pocket Guide to Punk | Mick O'Shea
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Well, I couldn't not get the latest edition of Mojo when it has the Starman on the cover and a 15-track CD of Glam Nuggets! 🌟⚡🌟

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Pocket Guide to Punk | Mick O'Shea
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"[Bobby] Graham had started out as Joe Meek's in-house drummer before joining Joe Brown & The Bruvvers. He was still with The Bruvvers when Brian Epstein approached him during the autumn of 1962 with an offer to replace Pete Best in The Beatles. Graham declined the invitation...because he couldn't see the point in quitting an established act for one he'd never heard of." - Pocket Guide To Glam Rock
I know hindsight is 20/20, but still ???‍♂️

Leftcoastzen Love these types of stories! 5d
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen The internet says he went on to become a very successful session drummer and manger for other acts. Nice to learn he continued doing what he loved 😊 5d
Leftcoastzen Oh that‘s good ! 5d
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#ReadingAfrica2022 #Kenya 🇰🇪
I'd read this described as magical realism, but I don't think it's that, rather it describes the effect of trauma and the psychological strategies humans use to survive it, using as its patterns the Kenyan folkloric and cultural motifs natural to its protagonist.
I enjoyed the way the story flowed and gradually opened out, integrating the reader into the experience of the MC's disintegration and reintegration. 👇🏼

Bookwomble It's dark and painful at times, but ultimately hopeful, full of love and compassion. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 6d
BarbaraBB Love your graphic! 6d
Librarybelle You‘re doing well on the challenge! 5d
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB Thank you 😊 5d
Bookwomble @Librarybelle Yeah, I'm doing alright 😁 I'm enjoying reading authors and subjects I'd certainly not have looked for but for the challenge 🙂 5d
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I read Nimphidia for the first time last month, & felt moved to re-read, enjoying it just as much the 2nd time around. Despite Tolkien's criticisms, his poem "Errantry" has something of a similar flavour.
Briggs's entry on Nimphidia is collected under the topic Diminutive Fairies, which gives a potted history of the development of the Small People in Elizabethan times. I also found a blog which gives a more detailed & informative review of Drayton

Bookwomble ... and his sources, which is recommend if you have an interest in fairy folklore: https://writinginmargins.weebly.com/home/nymphidia-and-the-fairies-of-michael-dr... 6d
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William Wordsworth | William Wordsworth
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"Up! up! my Friend and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?

- The Tables Turned: An Evening Scene on the Same Subject

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William Wordsworth | William Wordsworth
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"Where are your books? - that light bequeathed
To Beings else forlorn and blind!
Up! up! and drink the spirit breathed
From dead men to their kind."

- Expostulation and Reply

bibliothecarivs This has been a favourite quote since I stumbled upon it about 15 years ago in an old anthology. 5d
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"December staggered in like a weary mud-encrusted vagabond who had been on her way to someplace else, but whose legs had buckled and now she was here."
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
I know it's Saturday, but I'm always late...??‍♂️?

ShyBookOwl Haha great line 7d
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William Wordsworth | William Wordsworth
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"He found the little he had stored to meet
The hour of accident, or crippling age,
Was all consumed... 'twas now
A time of trouble: shoals of artisans
Were from their daily labour turned away
To hang for bread on parish charity."
- The Ruined Cottage, 1797

Picture: Tory Mayor and Council Leader of Dartford having jolly larks opening a food bank, May 2022.

There's no shame in needing to use a food bank, it's shameful that people still need to.

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Pocket Guide to Punk | Mick O'Shea
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Switching up the mood from glum to glam!⚡I think I'm going to breeze through this 😁

Leftcoastzen 😻👏 1w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen Frankie doesn't actually like being used as a book rest, but he's very patient with me 😄 1w
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Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad | Fur?gh Farrukhz?d, Sholeh Wolp
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"Forgive her.
Sometimes she forgets
she is painfully the same
as stagnant water,
hollow ditches,
foolishly imagines
she has a right to exist.
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Forgive
this woman who's crumbling inside,
but whose eyelids tingle still with dreams of light,
whose useless hair still quivers hopelessly,
infiltrated by love's breath."

- Forgive Her

Bookwomble The painful emotion this poem evokes says something, I think, about the reality of the experience of depression, the empathy it evokes saying something about our non-acceptance of that harsh self-judgement, and the possibility of turning that compassion for the other towards ourselves. 1w
DivineDiana Yes, always be gentle with yourself. ❤️ 1w
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Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad | Fur?gh Farrukhz?d, Sholeh Wolp
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I loved this book, but it is a bleak view of a life lived under the oppression of family, marriage and society. Farrokhzad doesn't flinch from her despair, and it feels sad to see her image reflected in the distorting mirror of her depression.
There is beautiful imagery in Wolpé's translation of Farrokhzad's poems, and useful contextual information about Forugh's life and contemporary Iranian history and society. 👇🏼

Bookwomble You can't help but wonder what Forugh would have produced if her life hadn't been tragically cut short in a traffic accident 💚🖤❤ 1w
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Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad | Fur?gh Farrukhz?d, Sholeh Wolp
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"Perhaps life is a choked moment where my gaze
annihilates itself inside the pupil of your eyes"
- Reborn

Scott Walker's four eponymous albums seemed the perfect soundtrack to Farrokhzad's poems: both contain intensely emotional stories of fractured love, intense longing & alienation, shifting into social and political commentary. Then, the magical synchronicity of reading these words by the poet whilst listening to this album by the musician ?

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Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad | Fur?gh Farrukhz?d, Sholeh Wolp
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“What matters, is to cultivate and nourish one's own positive characteristics until one reaches a level worthy of being a human.”

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"Her mama cut up the mousse torte. Ayosa bit into her piece, and its filling of cream cheese and fudge brownie melted on her tongue.
Fuck-toad! she whispered."

New expletive locked and loaded! ?

vivastory 🤣 2w
LeahBergen 😆😆 2w
Nute Oh, my!😆 2w
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The Gallifrey Chronicles | John Peel, Carol Publishing
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The Fourteenth Doctor! 🤩
#DoctorWho #14thDoctor

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa announced as new Doctor Who

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61371123

ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 🎉🎉 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird Amazing! Such a fantastic actor 🥳 Xx 2w
julesG Yeah!!! 🎉🎉🎉 2w
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GingerAntics SWEEEEEEET!!! 2w
GingerAntics I can‘t wait for the fandom to go 🤬 itself over this choice. If some of these twats were up in arms over a woman, I know at least a few who will be worse now. 🙄 What bloody year is this?! 2w
Bookwomble @GingerAntics Yes, Jodie Whitaker's casting led to a lot of misogynist self-ID, and I imagine Ncuti Gatwa's will lead to a lot of racist self-ID 😏 2w
GingerAntics @Bookwomble sad but true. Isn‘t DW all about working together and good against evil, not us against them? I just don‘t get it. 2w
Bookwomble @GingerAntics Yes, again. I think the Fourth Doctor adventure, The Genesis of the Daleks, in which the Doctor refuses to destroy them before they are created (an adaptation of the time travel trope "if you could go back and kill Hitler as a child, would you?) is a good example of the show's commitment to progressive views, but then that's why successive Tory governments are so keen to attack the BBC, so ??‍♂️ 2w
GingerAntics @Bookwomble that is true. The BBC has the audacity to teach children that they should be decent human beings. 2w
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Crawling Horror | D. Butcher
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Some unevenness in quality as expected in a set of short stories, but nothing awful in it. My main quibble would be the number of cursed Egyptian scarab stories which the collection opened with.
Of the stories new to me, The Captivity of the Professor was best, with Beyond the Star Curtain a close second. The latter was a far-future story which reminded me of the classic Hothouse by Aldiss 💚
I feel in the mood for a Creature Feature now! 🕷🐜🎥

The_Book_Ninja This is uncanny. I was going to rent Status IV from Amazon Prime today. The poster scared me as a kid. 2w
Bookwomble I assume you mean Phase IV - I had to look it up! ? I remember watching it a long time ago, though it didn't leave a vivid impression. Seeing the poster now, it's pretty good. Shades of "Un Chien Andalou". 2w
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Silmarilion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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"All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others."

#ThinkPositiveBePositive
@fredamans

fredamans So very true!! 2w
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Pocket Guide to Punk | Mick O'Shea
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Whoop, whoop! I won a free book from the Library Thing Early Reviewers program 😁👨🏼‍🎤🎸
Glam Rock is one of my favourite genres, and definitely the sound of my childhood. Obviously Bowie is still hugely important for me, even if he rapidly transcended Glam. Marc Bolan is another hero, and both figure prominently in this rock history.
I've scanned a few pages, and the proof reading seems like it could have been better, but I'm still excited 👇🏼

Bookwomble ... to read this and take in all the brilliant photos of the iconic Glam acts.
Although it is part of a "Pocket Guides" series, at 447 pages, you'd need big pockets!
This one's not in the Litsy database, so tagged book is the Punk guide by the same author.
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Leftcoastzen Love this post ! 2w
rwmg Memories 🤩 2w
Bookwomble @rwmg Happy ones, I hope 😊 2w
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Star Wars Omnibus | George Lucas
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A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, Toshiro Mifune *was* a Jedi Knight 😌💭
#MayThe4thBeWithYou

The_Book_Ninja Ay! Love that film, love that actor. Saw this, Yojimbo and Throne of Blood at the Picture House‘s Kurosawa season a couple of months back. 2w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Both excellent films 😊 If you enjoyed Yojimbo, try to see Sanjuro, which is the sequel. Mifune dominates the screen whenever he's on it. 2w
The_Book_Ninja Yes, I‘ve never seen it but I think it‘s on the BFI player. I will watch it☺️ 2w
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Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Last recommendation, I promise! Staying with the Star Wars theme, The Hidden Fortress stars Mifune again, and George Lucas said that watching it as a film student was an inspiration for several of the themes in SW. It's a fantastic adventure and Kurosawa has some great action set pieces, and excellent character work from his actors. 2w
The_Book_Ninja Another one that on my list…You just can‘t go wrong with Kurosawa 2w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja That's true! I've got a stack of Kurosawa DVDs that I need to get around to rewatching! 2w
The_Book_Ninja Because you‘re always reading 😂 2w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Ha, ha! That is also true 😂 2w
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Crawling Horror | D. Butcher
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The seventh story in the collection, "The Captivity of the Professor" by A. Lincoln Green (a pseudonym which, apparently, has not been penetrated) is the best story so far, notwithstanding that Poe & Wells have gone before.
The Professor, not heeding the warnings of his Amazon forest guides, enters a forbidden area of the jungle, where he is made the slave of a community of intelligent ants. It's a wonderful blend of science fiction & fairy tale.

Bookwomble @BookwormM As a Book Worm, you really have to have this title on your shelf! 😁📖🐛 2w
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#ReadingAfrica2022 #Kenya ??
"Okwiri Oduor's strikingly original debut novel sings with Kenyan folklore and myth as it traces the fragile, intoxicating bond between a mother and daughter like no other." - From the blurb.
A surreal novel of magical realism which is compared to Amos Tutuola - sounds good! ?
@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I really like the cover! 2w
Bookwomble @Librarybelle Me, too 😊 2w
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Plan B Diary 2021 | Internationalist New
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"Big Oil has had decades to do the right thing - it can't, and it won't." - New Internationalist # 537, "Beyond Big Oil"

"Scary Monsters and Super-Creeps
Keep me running,
Running scared" - David Bowie

When reading and listening align ??
#BooksandBowie

DivineDiana This is the theme of the book I just finished. Powerful. (edited) 3w
Bookwomble @DivineDiana It sounds interesting, thanks - stacked! 😊 3w
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Crawling Horror | D. Butcher
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Bit of a change of pace💀🦋💀
As with most of these collections of out of copyright stories, I've read a fair few already, but when they're by authors like Poe and Wells, revisiting is a pleasure. And, there's also a fair few I haven't read, so hopefully some new favourites to find 🤞🏻📖

LeahBergen This is such a cool British Library series. 👍 3w
Bookwomble @LeahBergen Isn't it just? They had quite a few in the bookshop I got this from, and I had to exert superhuman self-control to just get the one as I was already WAY over my book budget (still in deficit, actually, though you wouldn't know it ☺). 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
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“I'll make my declaration:
in my unsullied hands
there's no lust to clench my fists or strike out
I'm not going to get roaring drunk
I don't think it's glorious to kill people
I wasn't raised at the table
of male supremacy"

- Birthplace, Tahereh Saffarzadeh

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I wish I were like the fall..I wish I were like the fall
I wish I were like the fall, silent, with no desires at all
My wishes' leaves would one by one turn sallow-gold
My eyes' sun would grow cold
The heaven of my breast would fill with pain
& suddenly a storm of grief would seize my heart
Like rain my tears would start
& stain my dress
Oh..how lovely then, if I were like the fall
Feral & bitter with colours seeping into one another, so beautiful

Bookwomble "In Love with Sadness," by Forugh Farrokhzad 3w
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The Old Man Who Loved Cheese | Garrison Keillor
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My last push on "The Mirror of My Heart" (which makes it sound like a chore, which it isn't) fueled by ends of stinky cheese I need to eat before they develop a hive mind! ???

Graywacke Book and food look wonderful 3w
Cathythoughts 👌🏻 all good. I love olives. (edited) 3w
Bookwomble @Graywacke @Cathythoughts The book is good 😊 And I love olives, too. I thought that with the cheese-hammering I was giving my arteries, the least I could do was dip my bread in olive oil rather than butter it! 😄 3w
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"Some days are like a placid horse; some rear
And buck and plunge, this way and that they veer;
As Fate has always been, so it will be -
Time is our friend, and then our enemy,
It's day, then night, its revolutions bring
December's snows to us, and then the spring."

- Parvin Etesami

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"The roses have all gone; "Goodbye," we say, we must;
And I shall leave the busy world one day; I must.
My little room, my books, my love, my sips of wine,
All these are dear to me, they'll pass away, they must."
- Jahan Malek Khatun

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Into the Dangerous World | Marina Warner
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"Britain was the last developed country where beating schoolchildren was respectable. This was outlawed last year [1988] - by one vote in Parliament. Parents are now almost the last people left who can hit children without fear of penalty, as long as it's moderate and fitting punishment...the language of authority still derives from violence, mistakenly, tragically."

Bookwomble Britain is still a country in which it is legal for parents, and those adults to whom parents have delegated authority, to hit children for the purpose of 'discipline'. When child violence is sanctioned by the state, it's little wonder that violence is learnt as an acceptable way of relating to others. 4w
Leftcoastzen Not good. 4w
kathedron It doesn't feel right to "like" this post, but I do want to acknowledge it. 4w
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Bookwomble @kathedron I'm equally liking the analysis of failed Tory policy in the '80s, and frustrated/angry that it's essentially the same policies they're still pushing. 4w
TrishB It makes me sick. 4w
Bookwomble @TrishB I've had to put it down as Mrs B is complaining about me tutting, sighing, grinding my teeth and muttering, "for fucks sake"! On a positive note, I've ordered another book by Warner on the subject of fairy tales ? 4w
TrishB That should be an easier read! 4w
Bookwomble @TrishB Hopefully! 😁 I think she brings a similar critique to her books on folklore and their place in society, so looking forward to getting it. 4w
The_Book_Ninja When I was at school we used to get “the ruler”. If you were disruptive, like I was😬, you had to hold out your hand, palm up, and my teacher would smack my fingers with a wooden ruler. 4w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I got the slipper on the backside from an English teacher, a wooden blackboard eraser thrown at my head by a maths teacher, and a classmate was lightly throttled by a geography teacher. The good old days, eh? 4w
The_Book_Ninja 😂Seeing as we‘re playing “who had the worst teacher”, my PE teacher in secondary school took me outside the gym when I was being stupid and got my nipple between his knuckles and twisted while saying “hurts doesn‘t it?”. Didn‘t realise until I was an adult just how odd that was 4w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja That is so many ways of inappropriate! You win 😉 4w
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Into the Dangerous World | Marina Warner
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"This government has represented benefits as somehow shameful. The point about *universal* benefits is that they affirm the value of such social tasks as having children, rearing them, or caring for relatives; they make benefits themselves an expression of collective approval for the endeavour, not begrudged hand-outs, stigmatising the recipients as beggars and failures."

Bookwomble This short book by cultural anthropologist and mythographer Marina Warner is, perhaps, something of an historical document now, written in 1989 explicitly in the context of 10 years of Thatcher, the Thatcher government and Thatcherism (linked, but separate, entities). However, as Thatcher and her legacy loom large in Johnsonian times, it's also sadly and damningly contemporary. There's a lot of expletives flying around as I'm reading this! 🤬 4w
Readergrrl Such a great review! I will be reading this book!! 4w
Bookwomble @Readergrrl Well, I'm only on page 4, with another 60 to go, so let's see! (Though I'm feeling confident about Warner's position carrying through 🙂) 4w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa And the chapter I just read was all about Reagan, (and the Reagan Government, and Reaganism to paraphrase you 😉)… Stacking this one right now…so much mirrors in those two legacies on opposite sides of the Atlantic, and so much that are most definitely still very relevant. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh.. should have said… I was reading Alicia Garza‘s book The Purpose of Power and her childhood shaped by Reagan‘s tenure in politics, and how that period shaped the world we live on now and the social issues of today. 4w
Bookwomble @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yeah, Thatcher and Reagan were the evil twins of Neoliberalism, and their shadows are long. Your book sounds interesting, too. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwomble So very very long… and they seem almost impossible to get out from under sometimes. Especially now when so much of their politics seems to be coming to fruition in many respects (at least here in the US) 4w
Bookwomble @Riveted_Reader_Melissa The rise of populist authoritarian demogogues is, sadly, a global phenomenon not confined to the USA. I think, though, that the UK and US can take most of the (dis)credit for nurturing the present crop. 4w
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I loved the dry humour of Clarke's tales, as sharp on the one side as her dark, grotesque menace is on the other. It was pleasing to see her reference to Sylvia Townsend Warner's "Kindoms of Elfin", as that book is a definite predecessor of Clarke's conception of fairy.
One story which seemed very familiar as I was reading it was revealed as a retelling of the folktale "Tom Tit Tot", which sent me to Katherine Briggs' wonderful ??

Bookwomble ... "A Dictionary of Fairies" to re-read the original.
The final story had hints of The Mabinogion tales crossed with Tolkien's Farmer Giles, and was a nicely humorous sign-off.
While the Austenesque flavour of Strange and Norrell is much in evidence, especially in the title story in which Strange appears (and I'd happily read a novel about the Three Ladies), there is a well-judged diversity in tone and style between the stories.
If I've ??
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Bookwomble ... emphasised the similarities with other authors' works, that's not to suggest Clarke is derivative, rather that, as in "Piranesi", she is skilful at unpicking the threads those others have woven and of reworking them into her own tapestry. 5⭐ 4w
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Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I need to take my copy down. 4w
Bookwomble @Cathythoughts I've little doubt you'll be delighted 😊 4w
AllDebooks Fantastic review, I'm going to have to revisit my copy 😀 4w
Bookwomble @AllDebooks 😊👍🏻 4w
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"Magic comes from the dark and dreaming heart."

This has definitely been too long on my tbr. I've picked it up now partly from the box-ticking exercise to be reading more women authors, partly because I loved reading Drayton's Elizabethan poem, Nimphidia, earlier this month and want to return to Faerie, but mainly being reminded what a wonderful writer Susanna Clarke is. My dark and dreaming heart is ready to be immersed in magic ???‍♀️?

Cathythoughts I look forward to your thoughts , I have this too 👍🏻💫 4w
AllDebooks She's such a great author. The tagged is one of my favourite books. Enjoy. 4w
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Ice | Anna Kavan
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I fully expected to love this book, but it actually left me rather cold (sorry 😔). The main character is a narcissistic abuser who repeatedly terrorises the woman who is the target of his obsession, vindictively punishing her when she has the temerity to object.
Yes, it is surreal and has a kaleidoscopically shifting viewpoint in which the characters may actually be aspects of the same fractured personality, but I found it hard to get past the...

Bookwomble ... ugliness of the central theme of abusive persecution. Perhaps that was Kavan's intent, to depict the brutality and sterility of abusive relationships. Actually, reflecting on that I'd shift it from so-so to a low pick, but I don't think I'll be wanting to re-read it. 4w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4w
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Percy Bysshe Shelley | Percy Bysshe Shelley
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"No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure."

- Prometheus Unbound

I wonder whether it will be relevant to bear in mind Mary Shelley's subtitle to Frankenstein: "The Modern Prometheus", while reading PBS's verse drama?

Painting: Gustave Moreau

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Ice | Anna Kavan
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From the real-life dystopia of Nazi Europe to the imagined dystopia of glacial climate change. Contrasting the icy conditions of the book with a sunny afternoon tea 🌞

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Bantam | Jackie Kay
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"The road that was in your head
Has already found you walking:
When you looked up ahead,
It was your footsteps waiting."

- The Imaginary Road

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Bantam | Jackie Kay
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A diverse collection of poems, from the poet's grandfather in the trenches of WWI to the Scottish lochs and forests, from urban Glasgow and Manchester to Haworth and Patrick Brontë, and from the sublime to Nigel Farage (doubtful he will include "Planet Farage" amongst his press clippings) and, perhaps not unconnected, to the experience of refugees in Britain. 3.5 ⭐

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The comedy, for me, was certainly very minor, to the extent that I assume the title is meant ironically, because while there were certainly the makings of a very dark farce, Keilson didn't take his story that way (unless I just don't get German humour 🤷🏻‍♂️). None of which is intended as criticism, as the story was very affecting & emotional, detailing the effects of living in a real-life dystopia, that of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

Bookwomble Keilson was a psychoanalyst, so it's no surprise that the inner lives of his characters are so well drawn, though from a place of deep humanity, rather than as subjects or case studies. As Keilson lived some of what he writes here, it has a depth of truth about it.
Astonishingly, his books were forgotten, to be rediscovered when he was 100 years old, the year before his death, a bittersweet comedy in its own minor key, perhaps. 4⭐ #holocaust
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"People veil a body in fabric and clothing so that the blaze of its nakedness does not blind too deeply the eyes that see it, people veil life itself with precious garments, behind which, as under ashes, the double-tongued fire of creation smoulders."

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The Age of Enlightenment | Simon Eliot, Beverley Stern
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It took me a couple of reads of John Toland's chapter, Christianity Not Mysterious, to understand his point, which I gather is that where the Bible does not accord with evident common sense, it should be taken figuratively not literally, as the latter leads to the building of layers of inconsistency and circular arguments of no useful meaning. I imagine he'd despair of modern-day fundamentalist creationism, 400 years following the Enlightenment.

The_Book_Ninja Those theistic evolutionism cats seem a bit more groovy🙏🏼🕺🏼 1mo
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Tolkien hated it, but I loved it! I'd imagine it a source of inspiration for painter Richard Dadd's "The Fairy-Feller's Master Stroke".
It's not high poetry, but it's evocative & suited to its theme and folkloric roots. The story is simple: the fairy knight, Pigwiggan, & Queene Mab agree on a tryste, King Oberon discovers he is to be cuckolded & completely loses his shit. Puck is dispatched to punish the Queene, while Oberon sets out to kill...

Bookwomble - his rival. Nimphidia warns the queen, who calls on her friend, Proserpine, "Queene of Shades" to save the day with her plutonian enchantments. All is saved, while the woman laugh at the men behind their backs.
It's the details of the fairy microverse which I found appealing: Snail-shell carriages; earwig 'horses'; bee-sting swords; beetle-carapace armour. I can see how Tolkien's academic sensibilities were offended, but, hey, Johnny, lighten up!
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Plan B Diary 2021 | Internationalist New
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This issue's cover of New Internationalist Magazine #537 is striking: "Silhouetted against a gas flare, a woman sets tapioca out to dry, in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. Warri is a port city and an oil hub."
The Big Story is How We Stop Big Oil.
Other features include The Perils of Child Sponsorship; Is Ethical Tax Avoidance Possible? (I'm guessing, no); Dispatch from Kyiv, and; Turkey's LGBTQI+ community.
Lots of articles for #ReadingAfrica2022

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Yesterday's full #bookhaul 📚
The tagged book sounds amazing - farcical & heartbreaking. A Dutch couple shelter a Jewish man during the Nazi occupation, but when he dies they have the potentially fatal problem of disposing of his body.
The Penguin is The Mirror of My Heart, a 1000 years of Persian women's poetry 💚
Bantam is a book of poetry steeped in the author's Scottish roots 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
I've already posted about Tolkien & Drayton🐉🧚🏻‍♀️

Bookwomble @charl08 Thank you for bringing The Mirror of My Heart to my attention 😊 1mo
charl08 Isn't it beautiful! 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes the Persian poetry book has caught my eye ♥️ 1mo
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts It has caught mine as well. ❤️ 1mo
Bookwomble @charl08 @Cathythoughts @DivineDiana I've only had a quick riffle through so far, but it looks fantastic. Charlotte, the cover illustration *is* beautiful 💚 1mo
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What a beauteous artefact 😍 Ok, so I've already read them all, and I've already got two of the books in the same edition, but hear me out - it was heavily reduced in price as two of the books have printer's ink on the top edge, but those are the two I already have, so I can swap them out! 😃 Bargain! 📚

TrishB They are lovely 😁 1mo
Bookwomble @TrishB Yes they are! How was the game yesterday ⚽️ 1mo
Cathythoughts They look lovely💫 1mo
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Bookwomble @Cathythoughts Ooh, they are! 😄 1mo
TrishB Fantastic! Didn‘t get in until after midnight so it‘s a doing nothing day today! 1mo
Bookwomble @TrishB Glad you had a good time 😊 1mo
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"This Pallace standeth in the Ayre,
By Nigromancie placéd there...
The Walls of Spiders legs are made,
Well mortizéd and finely layd,
He was a master of his Trade,
It curiously that builded:
The Windowes of the eyes of Cats,
And for the Roofe, instead of Slats,
Is cover'd with the skinns of Batts,
With Mooneshine that are guilded."
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Unexpected (who am I kidding? 😏) #bookhaul I went for one book I'd ordered and came home with eight! 😒📚📚
This one is the prize, I think. A 1921 limited edition of 510 copies, of which mine, Precious, is number 149 😊
Originally published in 1627, it's a poem of 88 8-line stanzas, set in the Fayrie Court of Queen Mab and King Oberon, involving (based on my initial scan) the romance between the faerie knight, Pigwiggen and the fay, Nimphidia 💚

TheKidUpstairs What a great find! 1mo
The_Book_Ninja That cover would make a nice shirt 👕 1mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Ha, Ha! Yes, it would! 😄 You've got a good eye 👕 👀😊 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! I‘m fascinated! Where did you find it? 6d
Bookwomble @Chrissyreadit At my favourite indie bookseller (tagged). They must have been going for about 100 years now, and I've been a customer for about 50 of them, as I've been buying books there since I was at primary school! 👼🏻📚👴🏻 6d
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The Age of Enlightenment | Simon Eliot, Beverley Stern
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• The French are the most expert in social manners.
• Society depends on women.
• A somewhat austere style of manners, political quarrels, and wars of religion combined to make you [the English] awkward and unpolished in behaviour.
• Poets have thus no idea, in all other countries, and even in England, how love was conducted among truly civilised people.
- Voltaire, "On Politeness in Drama", 1736

Bookwomble Voltaire trash-talking everyone not fortunate enough to be French, but especially the English! 🇫🇷⚔🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 😄 1mo
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Percy Bysshe Shelley | Percy Bysshe Shelley
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"Grief returns with the revolving year."
- Adonais

I'm finding Shelley's elegy for Keats, "Adonais", slow going only because it is so wonderful and I keep having to re-read passages to let his words and meaning sink in.
My work with bereaved people has had added poignancy the past few years as I'm of an age when I'm losing my own loved ones, and I need to process my grief so that I can support theirs. Poetry helps, and this line feels very real.

Sleepswithbooks What a beautiful book. I‘m mesmerized by the cover ☺️ 1mo
Soubhiville I like your bunny mug 😁🐇 1mo
Bookwomble @Sleepswithbooks They're a lovely series of books 😊 1mo
Bookwomble @Soubhiville March hare - seemed appropriate for spring and Easter 🐰🐣😊 1mo
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Poems of Deliverance | Alfred Leslie Rowse
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"O that I might sail into this night,
Draw on my course in the teeth of the summer gale,
Divide the silver furrows of the sea,
Following the moonwake on the waves,
And at the cold hour of the windfall meet with the dawn.

O to be there now: the noise of the summer sea
About me, as summer scents from the land blown,
Wild thyme from the cliffs, honeysuckle & mown
Sweet hay, the rhythm of the tide to bear me
Onward, myself the wind, myself the sail"

Bookwomble - "Summer Gale" 1mo
Readergrrl I love this! 1mo
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Poems of Deliverance | Alfred Leslie Rowse
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In the inmost recesses of consciousness,
The wound opening inwards,
The spirit too proud to admit an injury,
Incessantly grazed and torn again
By the insensitive, the enemy that hates
Difference, quality that escapes submission
To common complacency, impure hypocrisy-
That would annihilate what is uncommon,
Challenging their meanness, their lack of standards
With something electric and alive, a vibrancy
That offers not a new Heaven and a new Earth

Bookwomble But life, more life and light-
To be rejected.

- The Parting

In later life, Rowse 'admitted' to having been "a homo" when younger, declaring himself to now be "fully a hetero". As an academic with a public audience, I guess he was compelled to deny his sexuality, as implicitly declared in these poems and, it would sadly but understandably seem, internalise the homophobia of his time. Many of these poems channel feelings of enforced...
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Bookwomble ...separation from a lover fighting in the French arena of WWII, and of his rejection by family and society.
When I see the explicit homophobia and transphobia of the present British government, Rowse's poems of the '30s and '40s have an added poignancy. It's far past time that these cruel and oppressive attitudes were consigned to the rubbish heap of history. 🏳️‍🌈
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Readergrrl I really enjoy your insight into this poet. I had not read him before. I will be looking for his work now. 1mo
Bookwomble @Readergrrl Thank you. I've only read this one book of his poetry, and he was hugely prolific, mainly in Shakespearean and Elizabethan scholarship, in which he was both highly respected and criticised. I think he was one of those irascible characters people either loved or hated. 1mo
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