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Palimpsest

Joined April 2016

I read to expand my mind and my heart.
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Time Regained by Marcel Proust
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The woman in white by Wilkie COLLINS
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Days of Reading by Marcel Proust
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Bohemian Paris of Today by W. C. Morrow, Edouard Cucuel
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On Ugliness by Umberto Eco
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I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki
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Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant
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Bohemia in London by Arthur Ransome
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The Poetry of Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke, Edward Snow
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Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London by Will Self, Matthew Beaumont
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Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
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The Evening Hero | Marie Myung-Ok Lee
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I went into the library for my two holds, (the top two books) and walked out with four. I think I‘m the first person to get The Evening Hero as I was listed as 1 of 18 for people in my library system that want to read it, so I‘ll start with that one and hopefully finish it quickly. I‘m going on vacation next week and don‘t know if I should take one with me or leave it home? I‘m flying and torn about taking property that isn‘t mine. Opinions?

BiblioLitten Which one did you take? 5d
Palimpsest @BiblioLitten I took the Keats book, but I didn‘t get as much reading done as I would have liked! I did finish The Evening Hero before I left. 5d
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Hare House | Sally Hinchcliffe
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A woman with a secretive past moves from London to a remote village in Scotland to start a new life for herself, but the Henderson family that she rents from and others on the premises seem to hold secrets themselves. This book isn‘t scary, but is atmospheric & strange. The narrator isn‘t necessarily unreliable, but at times she seems unaware of what was just said wrapped up in her own thoughts which adds to the mystery of the characters & place.

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I watched the first installment of The Essex Serpent and while it differs from book I absolutely love it! Highly recommend!

AmyG Glad to hear this. I need my daughter to give me her password! (edited) 2mo
Caroline2 Ohhh I can‘t wait to see this. (I will wait till all the episodes are out tho, I hate this one a week drip thing that Apple do. 🙄 Let me binge watch damn it!! 😆) 2mo
ErikasMindfulShelf Is it worth reading the book first? 2mo
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Palimpsest @ErikasMindfulShelf I think so. I really enjoyed the book, but I also love all things Victorian and books that were written in that time period and about it are some of my favorites so I‘m a bit biased! It has a lot of thought provoking elements that work such as thinking about religion, superstition, and science, as well as new practices in medicine and also class divisions and naturalism that was popular at this time as a hobby. 2mo
Palimpsest @Caroline2 I completely understand! 2mo
Palimpsest @AmyG Yes! 2mo
ErikasMindfulShelf Thanks! 2mo
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I really enjoyed this book about manuscripts. Some of the books she talks about in detail are the Cuthbert Gospel, Malory‘s Morte Darther, Beowulf, and Henry VIII private prayer book. The author also talks about known and more likely unknown artists of illuminated manuscripts such as The Master of the Leaping Figures, written letters of the time period, female authors, discoveries of texts, and disasters. I enjoyed the history surrounding these 📚

BiblioLitten Oh looks good! 2mo
batsy Great review! This looks so good. 2mo
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Overall a pick for me as I was really interested in Augusta‘s job in collections at a historical house where she starts to feel a bit more connected to Harlowe House than she bargained for and I was also interested in her investigating the family, especially Margaret the supposed town witch, that had once lived there. I was disturbed that Augusta seems to have an eating disorder which I couldn‘t tell if she was normalizing or didn‘t realize she

Palimpsest Had a problem with eating food. It‘s brought up by another Character,Leo, and another character which is a spoiler, but it wasn‘t discussed that she clearly had a problem and it seems it was brushed aside. Aside from this, that she starved herself and thought she just got dizzy from not drinking enough water, I thought the book was entertaining. 2mo
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Okay okay. So I might have complained a bit in my review of this book a few years ago that I thought the book took on too many different ideas because I liked the religion and science part, but it became more of a social novel towards the end, but I still overall thought it was great. Anyway, the trailer has been released for Apple TV and it looks good! Too bad I don‘t have Apple TV, ha! https://youtu.be/A5GqOeELRFU

AmyG I just read this and enjoyed it. I don‘t have Apple Tv either. 😢 2mo
Ddzmini So I have Apple TV because I don‘t have cable (it‘s cheaper) so I‘m adding it to my viewing list 🤗📖 and I‘ll have to get the book to read before watching 🤨📖 2mo
Ddzmini … love the actors/actresses they have for the movie 2mo
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vivastory I have been thinking of signing up for a free trial of apple so I can watch Macbeth & Coda. I'll be curious to see how this adaptation turns out. 2mo
Palimpsest @Ddzmini Absolutely agree about the actors! I‘m going to have to watch this I think! 😄 2mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I forgot Macbeth is on Apple. I did see it and thought it was amazing. I keyed in on the German Expressionism cinema effects which I loved and I loved Denzel‘s performance as well as the witches. Well, all of it!I forgot that I want to watch Coda. Thanks! This adaptation looks a little different, but I love films almost as much as books and especially love to watch book adaptations! Hey, whatever happened with The Master and Margarita? 2mo
Palimpsest @AmyG Glad you enjoyed the novel! I love Victorian historical fiction novels and this one definitely is among my favorites. 2mo
vivastory I have heard great things about the MacBeth adaptation. My expectations are high since it is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays & so far the Patrick Stewart version is my favorite. A couple of weeks ago my cousin, who has watched the Stewart adaptation, told me that he thinks the one with Denzel has equal strengths. So I'm def. intrigued. I would like to see Master & Margarita adapted, but honestly I would def like to see someone else than (edited) 2mo
vivastory Luhrman bring it to life. I'm not a big fan of his work. 2mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I‘m embarrassed that I haven‘t seen the Stewart adaptation, only the Fassbender. I‘d always been partial to The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and a few others, but this new Macbeth adaptation really elevated this play for me, which is sometimes harder for me to envision while reading. 2mo
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North and South: Easyread Edition | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to post about it. I enjoyed this story as an audiobook; Margaret moving from a quaint town in the South to trying to adjust to an industrial town where a strike takes place. I read that this book was initially serialized and Gaskell had wanted the book to be longer, but had to cut it short by two episodes. I would like to see what she intended as I feel that the romance portion was cut short.

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Yellow: The History of a Color | Michel Pastoureau
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Hey! It‘s my 6th Litsyversary! Thanks to this awesome community of readers who continue to inspire me, broaden my reading interests, and share in my love of reading with me! This is my favorite social media place and I‘m so glad to be a part of it. 📚♥️

Lindy Happy Litsy Anniversary! 🎉 3mo
Palimpsest Thank you! 😄@Lindy 3mo
IuliaC Happy Litsyversary! 📚🎉 3mo
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Palimpsest @luliaC 😄Thank you! 3mo
vivastory Happy Litsyversary 👏🎉📚 3mo
DrexEdit Happy Litsyversary! 📚 📚 🎉 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Yay! Congrats! 3mo
Palimpsest Thank you! 😄 @vivastory 3mo
Palimpsest Thank you! 😄 @DrexEdit 3mo
Palimpsest Thank you! 😄 @TheSpineView 3mo
Palimpsest Thank you! 😄 @Leftcoastzen 3mo
Megabooks Happy litsyversary twin!! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 3mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 3mo
Palimpsest @Megabooks Thanks and happy Litsyversary to you too! 🥳 3mo
Palimpsest @Jas16 thank you! 😄 3mo
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This book is so beautifully written and I completely understand why it won the Newberry award. This is a story about Lily and her family and their Korean heritage, it is about stories and how they can change us and also how it‘s okay to change our own stories we tell about ourselves as we grow and change, at any age. This book is excellent. Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheBookHippie I love this book too. I‘ve gifted it several times. 3mo
Palimpsest @TheBookHippie what a wonderful gift! 3mo
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Ghost Girl | Ally Malinenko
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A fun middle grade ghost mystery that I listened to on audio. Zee and her best friend Elijah notice that a lot of weird things start happening around their town after a storm rolls through town that coincides with the disappearance of a few people and the appearance of some creepy “wolves”. Meanwhile, Zee has her bully, Nelly, to contend with, but they may have to look at what connects them rather than divides them to save the town from evil.

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Gallant | V E Schwab
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I love Schwab‘s middle grade books so much and that goes for this one. This book had elements of both Addie Larue (death) and The Shades of Magic trilogy (spoilers ) mixed in with the mystery of an old mansion, her mother‘s diary, ghouls, and secrets. I read it so quickly and it helped get me out of the reading slump I was in and the fact that I‘ve been juggling reading multiple books at a time. I really loved this one!

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Because of the title, like a wheel, Roger Bacon and the Voynich manuscript should be at the center of this book while other subjects should radiate like spokes; a compilation of events and people mainly focused from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance with info relating to early universities, power changes with rulers and popes, and how that affected whose scholarship was credited as the truth where science meets religion. 👇

Palimpsest However, the reader learns as much about Aristotle, Albertus Magnus, Grossetesste, John Dee, and Francis Bacon as well as Arab philosophers like Avicenna and Averroës as Bacon.This book is interesting as the history around scholarship pertaining to the Voynich manuscript, but the title doesn‘t align with the content and only the last few chapters are about cryptography. I enjoyed the history, but was truly looking for info about Roger Bacon. 5mo
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Some of the best reading is that which opens up questions for us to think about and this book does just that by examining how we look at the female body in art and in previous years. McCormack chose the Venus, Mothers, Maidens &Dead Damsels and Monstrous Women to talk about things like who were these paintings originally created for? How are different bodies portrayed such as being smooth and hairless, and who is allowed to look and who isn‘t? 👇

Palimpsest This book is not about removing or censorship of certain artworks, but does open up conversation about permission to look at bodies, whose stories are being told though art and why do we celebrate them if they suggest rape like the Sabine women and Europa or painters like Balthus with suggestive portraits of prepubescent girls. I didn‘t agree with every assertion, but overall a fantastic book. (edited) 5mo
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The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher
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I enjoyed this historical fiction novel about how Sylvia Beach came to open Shakespeare and Company. Its focus is on Beach‘s endeavor to publish James Joyce‘s Ulysses, (her own Odyssey), and the friendship/ tumult she had with Joyce. The book also features other famous authors that frequented her place and what an influence she and her shop had on everyone in Paris, as well as her longtime romance with Adrienne Monnier.

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Books and Libraries: Poems | Andrew Scrimgeour
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I loved this little volume of poetry set in sections such as The Love of Books, Because of Libraries, Marginalia, to Rethinking Books and Reading from poets from Wordsworth, to Borges, to Larkin and Dove. My favorite microhistory books to read are about books and libraries and I also love poetry, so this was the perfect book to add to my collection. I loved it!

TheBookHippie I put this on my Amazon book wish list when I saw it!!! Good to know it‘s worth it. 6mo
LeahBergen Ah, so you DID get it for Christmas! 👏 6mo
Palimpsest @LeahBergen Yes, I did! 😄 6mo
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Christmas: A Biography | Judith Flanders
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I loved this book about the history of Christmas traditions. Flanders covered why there has been a war on Christmas for centuries because of revelry, how Washington Irving helped inspire Christmas cheer, as well as how Santa‘s look changed through the years. Of course she discusses the date of Christmas in its alignment with the winter solstice and other holidays, twelfth night, Dickens, and the start of the use of Christmas trees. ♥️🎄

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As with any short story collection certain stories are going to appeal more to some than others. I wasn‘t that into this collection at first, but I enjoyed the 2nd half with Candle & Crib, Men and Women by Claire Keegan was great, as well as The Dead by Joyce. Soft pick as there were a couple stories I didn‘t like at all, but a few I enjoyed immensely.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Hi friends! I haven‘t posted any reviews because I haven‘t been able to read as much lately. I‘ve been struggling with more frequent bouts of migraines and my son keeps getting sick. Anyway, these are the books I‘m currently reading. Braiding Sweetgrass is an audible book which is great. I‘ve just missed sharing with this community, but am still frequently checking out everyone‘s posts and I‘m still stacking more books to read!

Leftcoastzen I hope you feel better soon. And I hope your son improves too . (edited) 7mo
Julsmarshall I hope you and your son are on the mend soon. I‘m listening to this book right now too. Really enjoying it! 7mo
Reggie I hope your son feels better. 7mo
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Megabooks I am so sorry. Sending good health vibes to you and your family! 7mo
TrishB Hope things improve soon. 7mo
QuietlyLaura I hope you and your son feel better soon. 💕 7mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope y‘all feel better soon! 7mo
BiblioLitten I hope you both feel better soon💕 7mo
BookNAround Migraines are terrible and I hope your son is past all of the illness. Wishing better health to both of you. 7mo
Bookwomble I hope things have improved for you both since you posted this 💗 7mo
Palimpsest @Leftcoastzen Thank you so much! 7mo
Palimpsest @Julsmarshall Thank you! I still have two hours of this audiobook to go! 7mo
Palimpsest @Reggie Thank you, Reggie! Doing much better! 7mo
Palimpsest @Megabooks Thanks for the good vibes! 7mo
Palimpsest @TrishB Thank you, Trish! 7mo
Palimpsest @QuietlyLaura Thank you so much! 7mo
Palimpsest @DaveGreen7777 Thank you so much! 7mo
Palimpsest @BiblioLitten Thank you! 7mo
Palimpsest @BookNAround Thank you so much! 7mo
Palimpsest @Bookwomble Thank you so much! Thankfully they have! 7mo
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The Book of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Whew, this book made me feel a bit emotional. I got really attached to Franny and Jet and it‘s a bit sad to see this series come to a close. I‘m glad I recently read The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons last year as this book wouldn‘t make much sense otherwise. There is just a wonderful homecoming about these books with family, doing no harm, love, and the magic we may not be born to, but that we make for ourselves.

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I loved this anthology of Japanese poetry ranging from the 7th to 13th centuries. The tanka use wordplay and are about nature, seasons, and the time of day. Each poem includes an English translation, original Japanese, pronunciation, and literal translation and notes for each of the 100 poems. It also includes a woodblock print on each page, but there isn‘t any info about the prints which I would have liked too. I really enjoyed this!

Graywacke That cover is gorgeous 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg the cover!😍😍😍 8mo
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This was one of my most anticipated books of the year as it was described as being like Crimson Peak, but it was the most disappointing book I‘ve read this year instead. I would have bailed if I hadn‘t bought it. It didn‘t need to be speculative or set in an “other” place IMO. That made no sense to me. I couldn‘t understand the main character‘s motive it wasn‘t strong enough to endure what she had to. The “magic” involved felt more like occult 👇

Palimpsest Practices than magic; involving imbibing partly formed embryonic eggs with chicken feet that was way too dark for me. The MC was alone for nearly the last third of the book which was boring and there were strange asides within the dialogue like saying “something is wrong” in italics to know what Jane was thinking. This was more about medical practice and rationalizing math to be like magic than a manor house and new hubs.This book was not for me. 8mo
kamoorephoto That‘s so sad! I hate it when a book disappoints. 8mo
Palimpsest @kamoorephoto perhaps I had too high expectations. I‘m not a big fan of horror, but I love gothic and the Victorian time periods. I love the movie Crimson Peak so much and I kept reading in Pages magazine, Goodreads, and other professional reviews about how good this was. It seems others like it, like I said it‘s just not for me. I do still think the cover art is amazing. 😊 8mo
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I read this a few weeks ago and am behind with Litsy reviews, so I also don‘t remember exactly what I was going to say about it as it was a library book I‘ve taken back. The sections the author wrote about being in nature and animals resonated with me a bit more than the more memoir ish sections, but I did like confirming that it‘s okay not to be okay all of the time as we all have highs and lows with physical and mental health.

BkClubCare The cover design is exquisite 8mo
Palimpsest @BkClubCare I agree! 8mo
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This is a book I would like to own as the illustrations are gorgeous and it is something I would like to keep as a reference book as a could not remember pairing of flowers for every occasion. The flower arrangements with a more sinister meaning were laid against a black background, which I preferred and would have liked the entire book rather than some arrangements against cream. Lovely book for someone interested in the Victorian period/ flowers

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What Lives in the Woods | Lindsay Currie
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I read books written for all ages because a story can be fantastic whether it‘s a picture book or a classic tome. I usually like MG scary books because adult horror is usually too scary for me, but I think love this one like I did the author‘s other book, Scritch Scratch. Again, a title should set the tone of a poem or book and this really wasn‘t about anything in the woods, but rather what was haunting a mansion built in the 1930s👇

Palimpsest The protagonist, Ginny, go to Michigan on vacation with her brother and parents so her dad can help renovate an old mansion where lightbulbs burst and shadows seem to move. Ginny kept said she would solve it all like Agatha Christie, her idol, but it didn‘t feel like a mystery to me, more like a scary Scooby Doo. I liked the historical aspects and ending. While books should be enjoyed by all this is more kiddish than other “kid” books I‘ve read. 9mo
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I loved this story about Frances, Jet, and Vincent growing up in N.Y.C. on the cusp of the 1960s and spending time in Massachusetts with an aunt whose presence would help to alter their lives and become who they were really meant to be. This book made me feel a bit melancholic and thoughtful, but in a good way knowing that life is short and how even small decisions can change lives. A really beautiful story that I can tell will linger for awhile.

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The House on Vesper Sands | Paraic O'Donnell
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I adore everything Victorian so this book was great for me set in 1893. The story begins with a seamstress and mysterious death. Gideon Bliss arrives in London at his uncle‘s request only to get involved with acerbic Sgt. Cutter as he investigates missing working class girls. Octavia H. is reporter who is investigating Spiriters. There are fantastical elements. I really enjoyed this mystery, but I did find fault with a few things:the title, as👇

Palimpsest No one arrives at Vesper Sands until nearly the ending, so the title doesn‘t really work for me. One of the characters is talked about considerably, but isn‘t ever actually in the book or has any dialogue which is interesting but a bit odd, and the book doesn‘t quite have that slam bang finish. I still think it‘s a well crafted, entertaining story. I did love the historic details. Fun book as I ease into my Halloween books. 9mo
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Dark Waters | Katherine Arden
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Ollie, Coco, and Brian are on their third adventure trying to escape the smiling man and his schemes. This time they go sailing with Ollie‘s dad and Coco‘s mom as well as another friend where they end up on a maybe? deserted island beyond the mist where they are hunted by a sea creature as well. This was not as riveting as the first two IMO. It was fun, but it just didn‘t have the same gripping elements and so I was a little bit disappointed.

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He Arrived at Dusk | Ruby Ferguson, Mark Valentine, R. C. Ashby
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📕 I stacked this book thanks to @LeahBergen 😊
🍊 Clementines
🤩 The Death of Jane Lawrence
💞I‘m thankful my son recovered quickly from being sick and the lovely walk I got to take with my husband today.
Thank you so much @Eggs for the tag! #wondrouswednesday Would you like to share? @JacqMac
@Blueberry and anyone else who would like to join in.

Eggs Thanks so much for joining in 💗💗💗 10mo
LeahBergen Oh, you did? I hope it‘s a good read! 🤞 10mo
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Sodom and Gomorrah | Marcel Proust
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As always I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of scenery and the nostalgic feeling of time and memory. The narrator returns to seaside Balbec where he spends time with Albertine and the Verdurins (horrible people) at the house they are renting from the Cambremers, La Raspelière. This volume discusses a lot of homo-erotic relationships, hence the title, but all is not equal when it came to the view of the sapphic. Great, but some problems with ?

Palimpsest situating in my head that it was permissible to be with someone so much younger in this time whether heterosexual or homosexual, as I can‘t entirely tell what age Albertine is compared to the narrator either. Lovely prose and again I love how closely the narrator can tell what another character is about. 10mo
BarbaraBB Good question. I have always assumed Marcel and Albertine are more or less of the same age but I really wouldn‘t know. 10mo
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Which Witch is Which? | Judi Barrett
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I‘m not doing any swaps this year, but I‘ve enjoyed seeing everyone‘s fall aesthetic/ #basicwitch collages. This is just a portion of the types of Halloween aesthetic I like.

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My only child is starting 5K today and I‘m full of emotions. He‘s been home with me all these years as he did 4K from home last year. We recently discovered the Mr. Putter series at the library and we love these books. Fun book about wishing you could go back to school years later with new pencils, erasers, and globes.

Leftcoastzen Awww! 10mo
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It‘s been so fun joining in with the #pemberlittens to read Austen‘s novels over the past year. A special thanks to @sprainedbrain for leading the group and all of you who posted along and added funny quips. This was a re-read for me and I really loved it this time around! At times I wish Ann had stood up for herself more, but I also respect her duty to her family and graceful etiquette for the time this was written. Loved it!

vivastory What book is your favorite Austen? I've read Northanger Abbey & Emma. Undecided where to go next. 10mo
sprainedbrain Thank you for joining in and being such a great part of the group! It has been so fun. ❤️ 10mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I love Pride and Prejudice. I know a lot of people do and it‘s quoted a lot, but for good reason. The 2005 movie is one of my go-tos, but the ‘95 mini series follows the book more closely, both recommended after reading the book. My other favorite is Emma which you‘ve read. Persuasion has moved up on my list as well and Sense & Sensibility. Mansfield Park is my least favorite, but it‘s Austen so still better than a lot of other books! 10mo
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vivastory Thanks for the recommendations! I will add Pride & Prejudice as my next Austen to read. Hopefully sooner, rather than later. 10mo
batsy @vivastory All of her novels have moved up in my estimation since joining the #pemberlittens so imo you can't go wrong with any of the novels :) (All except Mansfield Park, which I struggle with the most like @Palimpsest says.) 10mo
vivastory @batsy It's interesting to hear that about MP. For some reason I was under the impression that Northanger Abbey was the least popular. 10mo
Palimpsest @vivastory Jumping in here. I think Northanger Abbey is not liked as much because it‘s more a parody poking fun of gothic novels and is most dissimilar than her other novels. The majority of characters in MP are unlikeable and I just didn‘t like the treatment Fanny Price receives. I‘d like to add something about the conclusion, but to say much more before you‘ve read it could spoil it, but I just wasn‘t completely satisfied. 10mo
Palimpsest One more thing, most of the action takes place at Mansfield, but unlike Abbey which is full of Catherine searching the place for clues, MP feels a bit repetitive to me, at least this time around. I actually haven‘t finished it this second time because I didn‘t remember it being as irritating the first time. I got behind with the group about halfway through and just thought eh…but that‘s just my opinion. 10mo
batsy @vivastory When I was younger I couldn't really appreciate NA and thought it one of her more frivolous novels. Now I see how the layers work and the cleverness in its construction and it's become one of my faves. 10mo
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Medusa | Bernard Evslin
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I loved Clash if the Titans (Harryhausen) from a small age and have always had admiration and a soft spot for Medusa. I really enjoyed this one!

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Started off strong and then as I continued to read I really didn‘t care and almost bailed. I wonder if I would have liked it if I had read Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well that Ends Well, if I was missing something because I don‘t know that story, but as much as I love allusion I think a book should stand alone. The main character was manic and I didn‘t care about her. I like books that skew magic with psychology, but this wasn‘t for me “am I right?”

Palimpsest Just wanted to say that I loved her book Bunny. 11mo
Palimpsest One more thought. I thought it was an odd choice to name this MC Miranda, who is the heroine from Shakespeare‘s Tempest (read)when she already using All‘s Well and Macbeth(also read) it just muddied it. I guess it was supposed to be funny that all the drs. and PT were named for the writers of the gospels, but..eh. Also found other scenes problematic, gross, or annoying like the constant use of “am I right?” which made me want to throw this book. 11mo
Megabooks This wasn‘t as good as Bunny, and I noticed that about the various names as well. I haven‘t read Macbeth in years, but I was wondering if you think the three devils in the bar are related to the three witches in Macbeth?? 11mo
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Palimpsest @Megabooks, I do think the three witches relate to the three men in the bar, although it‘s been a few years since I‘ve read Macbeth myself other than I remember they made a prediction about who would be king. I didn‘t mean to be so harsh, but I didn‘t get the baby Ellie dream sequence (although I figured the baths were magic or that she thought that) and I‘m not a prude, but all the sex and speculation about the students and sex, was weird to me. 11mo
Megabooks It‘s definitely fine to be harsh. I didn‘t particularly like the mixed Shakespeare/biblical references either. I think I liked it a bit more than you, but I was hoping she‘d go in a different direction from Bunny, especially since her story collection was so different, but this felt like a watered down, recycled Bunny. I found the fever dreams very similar in style if not in content. I agree this is much more overtly sexual. 11mo
Megabooks All‘s Well is also a fairly obscure play to riff on. I mainly enjoyed how correct she got the experiences of chronic pain. I think that‘s what pushed this into pick territory for me. 11mo
Palimpsest @megabooks I agree she got the pain right as well. I get migraines which a lot of people I know brush off as just a headache when it‘s a full body experience. Also had a terrible experience with a doctor who wouldn‘t listen & my issue still isn‘t diagnosed. And from what I‘ve read it‘s mostly women who get their pain brushed off so I applaud the book for that. I was surprised by the lack of empathy Miranda had after, but guess the spell stop her (edited) 11mo
Megabooks Totally agree re: migraines. I‘ve gotten hormonal ones since starting menopause and have had A LOT of trouble with drs!! I know more about them than they do usually. I also related to that terrible PT person in the book (Mark) as I have had more bad than good related to nerve and spine problems. As far as empathy, I definitely find I relate more to other people with chronic conditions (like this exchange 💜) so I was surprised by that part too. 11mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Ha! I put this book on hold at my library and think I was fourth in line for it. However, I went into my library today and it was on the new release shelf and patrons of their home library get first dibs before they send new books out for holds at other libraries within the system, so I lucked out! I‘m about fifty pages into it and it reminds me of the style of Bunny which I really liked. So far so good! 😁

Ruthiella I should be getting the ebook from my library in about a week. I loved Bunny and am really looking forward to this! 11mo
mhillis Nice! I can‘t wait to read this one too 11mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella I think you‘ll like it if you liked Bunny. I did wish that I‘d read Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well that Ends Well because I‘m not sure what references I might be missing or important clues. 11mo
Palimpsest @mhillis I somehow missed that this book was coming out until quite recently! It‘s feels a little repetitive, but that may be because I‘ve been reading this exclusively and I usually read a few books at a time. I still can‘t wait to find out where it‘s going! 😊 11mo
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The Minotaur | Bernard Evslin
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Like so many of us I am enamored with myths and the stories of the labyrinth is among my favorites. This is a great recounting of the Greek myths. At 81 pages it spans the rivalry between Ariadne and Phaedra, to the evil of Minos, the genius of Daedalus, to the cunning of Theseus, of course all a spectacle for the gods. I got this to read with my son, but felt its target audience was for older children, so Iread it myself instead!Beautifully told

Leftcoastzen Cool cover! 11mo
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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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My favorite thing about this epistolary novel is Youngson‘s descriptions of what the characters see and how they see. So richly detailed and I appreciate this way of truly looking and seeing the world. Tina writes to an author of a book about the Tollund man and receives a response from the curator, Anders instead. Sometimes it may be easier to get to be ourselves and say what we need to say to find out about ourselves to strangers. Pick

IuliaC Beautiful review! This one's on my list too 11mo
Palimpsest @luliaC Thank you! I hope you enjoy it too! 11mo
Tamra I agree, lovely book. 11mo
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Red: The History of a Color | Michel Pastoureau, Jody Gladding
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I just love these color books by Pastoureau. There is a little bit of overlap in the books, but that is to be expected when comparing one color to another. This book talks about the history of red from being the first color found on cave walls, to the whore of Babylon wearing red, red in Greek pottery, red worn by church fathers, the devil, St. Nicholas, to make-up, and emblems, to the theater. It‘s really cool to see the social aspect of color.

Lindy I‘ve had my eye on this one. Glad to see your review. 😊 11mo
Palimpsest @Lindy I‘ve read Blue and Black and loved them as well. Green is next for me. He writes specifically about how the west has viewed colors and has a note about how that is his branch of knowledge and therefore doesn‘t attempt to write about how the rest of the world views it. Quite historical. I remember you work with textiles and there is info on sumptuary laws about dyeing and where they found dye in plants and animals like shellfish. 11mo
Lindy @Palimpsest Even better! 11mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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P&P and Emma are my two favorite Austen novels. Sadly, the joy of rereading it with the pemberlittens was eclipsed by negative comments, mostly stating that Emma is an insufferable snob, which I disagree with by doing a close reading of her situation of being motherless and remembering her class. I still love Emma and the 2020 film. It was the last movie I saw in the theater on 3/9/2020 and has a special place in my heart, as does this novel.

BiblioLitten Noooo!! I love Emma💜 12mo
Palimpsest @BiblioLitten 😊I wish more people would understand that this is classified as a Bildungsroman and that the reader is supposed to watch her character change and grow for the better. 12mo
4thhouseontheleft They are my two favorites as well! I wasn‘t able to follow the hashtag as much for the Emma readalong, so didn‘t see much negativity. 😞 12mo
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Lcsmcat I‘m with you. Emma grows so much, and she is more isolated socially than most Austen characters so she does make social mistakes. But she learns from them and becomes more self-aware by the end. 12mo
rubyslippersreads I love Emma too, and this time around I really felt the pain of her changing and growing. 12mo
sprainedbrain Oh my. I‘m sorry the reread was not a good experience. 12mo
Palimpsest @sprainedbrain I didn‘t mean it that way exactly. Everyone has their own favorite novels and opinions and I get that. I just really love it and to see Emma consistently bashed kind of bothered me. I do see Emma‘s faults, but I love how Austen is so wonderful at having the characters read each other‘s nuanced word or action. It was fun to see Frank‘s shenanigans this time around. I‘ll still probably reread Persuasion. 😊 12mo
sprainedbrain I totally get what you‘re saying, and there has been quite a lot of that for the last couple of books. I can say that I definitely loved Emma (the book and the character) more this time through! I do hope you‘ll join for Persuasion. I‘m ridiculously excited about that one. ❤️ 12mo
batsy This reread really made me appreciate the effort that went into characterisation & plot, & how Emma's growth is charted along the way. Also think it's so much more accomplished than what I gave it credit for before ... All of Austen's strengths from previous novels are focused here in one near-perfect book. 12mo
Chrissyreadit I agree that Emma is a perfect example of growth and one of my favorite books. Comparatively I think it was an example of potential for the wealthy class, vs a mocking of them as portrayed in other books. I‘m really enjoying Jane Fairfax now and it is a very satisfying read after Emma. 12mo
Palimpsest @Chrissyreadit I didn‘t join in reading Jane Fairfax, but I want to read it at some point. Glad to hear that it is enjoyable! 12mo
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The Lights of Prague | Nicole Jarvis
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I really enjoyed this historical fiction fantasy set in 1868 Prague. The lamplighters do more than just light the lamps that illuminate the city, but also fight against what lurks in the darkness. Domek must figure out what is so special about the jar that accidentally comes to him and who he can trust with his secrets in a time when it appears that everyone is hungry for power. Loved this original take on one of my favorite monsters.

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I just love these Everyman pocket poems which I can just pick up and leisurely read. Another solid collection of some beautiful, inspiring, and reflective poems that made me feel close to nature.

Tamra I will check it out! 13mo
charl08 Me too, I have a couple (and covet more!) 13mo
batsy Everyman editions are lovely 💚 13mo
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Whispering Trees | J A White
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The 2nd book of this series, this time Kara and her brother Taff escape into the Thickety, but escape is hardly the right word as they come across one terrifying creature after another. The biggest challenge is learning who they can trust… if anyone at all. Once again some pretty dark things described and I‘m not referring to the forest demon, Sordyr, but a fence called the Divide which was very disturbing. Surprised they are kids books.

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Kara Westfall lives in a puritanical village on an island that thinks nothing is worse than magic. Her mother was convicted as a witch when she was five and she was left to care for her baby brother and broken father while the village shunned them. This book is pretty dark to be labeled middle grade with some pretty disturbing and dark magic. It reminded me of the movie The Village in some ways, but a lot scarier including bodily control and death

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Within a Budding Grove | Marcel Proust, Dennis Joseph Enright
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I think I prefer the alternate title, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, not only because that appears to be the more literal translation (from my poor French) but the subjects both of observing Gilberte in the first half of the book and later the young women at Balbec feels more accurate. I love that the protagonist always seems to be longing, but if given his wish like going to the theater that his idea of it is more grandiose than 👇

Palimpsest reality. I felt this way when he first saw Balbec as well, he is sort of let down which I feel can often happen if we build something up so much in our minds. His being in love with love follows this path too. Some passages were so beautiful I could swoon and other times I was frustrated with his lack of differentiating the girls as if they were interchangeable. Beautiful novel. I‘m continuing with The Guermantes Way. 13mo
Ruthiella One of these days I‘m going to tackle this series! 💪 13mo
Leftcoastzen Embarrassed to say I have planned to start this series and have always chickened out . No disrespect to chickens .🐓 13mo
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Palimpsest @Leftcoastzen 😆 It‘s length is a bit daunting, but it‘s a leisurely, enjoyable read. I would say that someone would have to enjoy lengthy descriptions of scenery and other situations in order to enjoy it. I read Swann‘s Way last year and just refreshed myself with a synopsis before I took up the second part. I‘m also reading other books at the same time which slows me down a bit, but I like to switch things up sometimes. 13mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella I recommend it! 13mo
BarbaraBB I agree. He can‘t be not disappointed because he makes so much of a situation or place on forehand. I did enjoy him observing the girls. This instalment felt kind of light compared to some others and I liked that. 13mo
Palimpsest @BarbaraBB I‘m really curious now about the further installments from your comment, as I did love Place Names. It made me want to visit Cabourg which I read Proust based Balbec after. I enjoyed the lightness of just dining, observing, driving about in the carriage, and looking at art. Can‘t wait to find out what‘s next! 13mo
BarbaraBB I loved Place Names too! I‘ll look forward to your continuation of the series. They are unlike any other book I‘ve read. 13mo
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Mother's Day | Ron Vincent
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My son who is five filled out a paper for Mother‘s Day for me with mom‘s favorite things and under favorite book he said All the Books! I think he knows me! Happy Mother‘s Day to all of you mothers and mother figures! 💐📚

Leftcoastzen Awww , what a wonderful photo! Happy Mother‘s Day! 14mo
Palimpsest Thanks! @Leftcoastzen 😊 Hope you have a great day, too! 14mo
Ruthiella He‘s been paying attention. Happy Mother‘s Day! 😃 14mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella Absolutely and thanks, I hope you had a great day too! 14mo
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The first time I heard of this book I was a kid in the 80s watching the 1984 version of Footloose with my older sister where Ren says it‘s a great book and says it‘s a classic. I agree. It took until this weekend to finally read it. I‘m glad it is non-linear because even though Vonnegut is brilliant at only giving snapshots of the horrors of war and allowing the reader to fill in the blanks I needed to move around in time because it‘s a difficult

BookingitwithSandra “In some towns it‘s a classic” people and their weird book banning ideology. Lol 14mo
Palimpsest Subject. Some of the characters are so visceral. Anyhow, it reminded me of my grandpa who was a scout in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and it made me think of the wars being fought now and just opened up a lot of emotions and questions for me. Seriously good read since it moved me to think about so much, which for me is the joy of reading and having a bit of that shared experience with the characters. It made me think about life. 14mo
Palimpsest “In every town”. Haha @lifeisasnap I‘m so against banning/ burning books, but I now know why the citizens of Bomont got so crazy about it. I don‘t think I‘ve read another book with the word motherfucker in it. 14mo
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BookingitwithSandra @Palimpsest true- although, have you read the Devil Wears Prada? The F word is like every other world! Lol Mother F sounds more realistic than an over use of Fuck. Lol 14mo
Trashcanman So it goes 14mo
Palimpsest @Lifeisasnap No, I haven‘t read it, guilty of only having watched the movie. The F word doesn‘t bother me, but in movies and especially writing unless there is a good reason for it it feels trite and loses its impact. I think Vonnegut used it appropriately and then continued to write how that word wasn‘t as effective as it had been in the past, but if it‘s going to be used it should be shocking, not redundant. So I agree. 🙂 14mo
vivastory I LOVE this review! Is this your first Vonnegut? 14mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I somehow only just saw your comment, thank you! I read The Sirens of Titan and Welcome to the Monkey House in high school, but that was over 25 years ago and I honestly only remember that I liked both immensely, but don‘t remember much content of either the short stories or Titan. Any recommendations on which ones are must reads or what I should choose next, please let me know! He‘s a stellar writer. 10mo
vivastory I recommend God Bless You, Mr.Rosewater. That's the last one that I gave 5 stars to. I also love Mother Night & Cat's Cradle, but CC is pretty wild. Deadeye Dick is another favorite. 10mo
Palimpsest @vivastory thank you so much! 10mo
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Emma | Jane Austin
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Happy to be joining the #pemberlittens again for Emma.

rubyslippersreads Lovely bookmark! 14mo
Palimpsest @rubyslippersreads Thank you! I found these on Etsy in a set of four. I gave 3 of the 4 away, but kept Emma for myself. 😄 14mo
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Within a Budding Grove | Marcel Proust, Dennis Joseph Enright
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I‘ve wanted to have blue hair since I was 18. Twenty-six years later and I‘ve finally did it, at least this once. Better late than never! Also, still plugging away at Proust. Some passages are so lovely I just want to be immersed in them. ☺️

Jessieleah You definitely rock it! 🤘🏻 1y
Palimpsest @Jessieleah aww, thanks so much! 🥰 1y
Megabooks Looks awesome!! I‘ve wanted turquoise hair since 16, and I‘m 41. I think it‘s time to go for it! 1y
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Palimpsest @Megabooks You definitely should! What I‘ve learned about aging is even though I‘ve grown as a person I essentially feel the same inside and instead of bowing to norms and because most people probably don‘t care anyway, I decided to do it and it makes me happy. Also, I just don‘t want to regret that I never did things I wanted to while I could. Post a picture if you dye your hair! 1y
Palimpsest Thank you! 😊 @Trashcanman 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Looking fabulous! 👍💙 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 1y
LeahBergen It looks great! 1y
batsy That is so cool! Good on you for going for it 💙 1y
TheSpineView Looks fantastic! 💙💙💙 1y
Palimpsest @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😊 1y
Palimpsest @LeahBergen Thank you! 😊 1y
Palimpsest @batsy Thank you! 😊 1y
Palimpsest @TheSpineView Thank you! 😊 1y
Reggie This whole post rocks! 1y
Palimpsest @Reggie Thanks much! 😊 1y
vivastory This post is fantastic! 14mo
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This is an excellent set of lectures about intolerance in society written in 2007 which unfortunately is all too relevant today. He uses films and stories like The Epic of Gilgamesh to draw parallels between what‘s happening today and stories of the past. I read this awhile ago and have forgotten a lot of what I wanted to talk about, but especially loved ‘The Screen of Hal‘. Manguel is a always a Must Read from me. Five stars.

Bookwomble Got me at "Epic of Gilgamesh" ?? 1y
Palimpsest @Bookwomble The Tablets of Gilgamesh lecture was one of my favorites in the collection. If you get a chance to read it I‘d love to hear what you think. 😊 1y
Bookwomble @Palimpsest It may be a short while before I buy it. Bookshops just reopened in my neck of the woods and I've spent my allowance already 💸😄 I'm reading Borges essays at the moment, so perhaps after I've finished that. Thanks for popping the Manguel on my radar 🙂 1y
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Palimpsest @Bookwomble understandable. I had this book on my shelf and just recently got to it. Alberto Manguel knew Borges as a teen or young man and read to him. I haven‘t read that book yet, but would like to but I have liked everything else I‘ve read by him. (edited) 1y
Palimpsest @Bookwomble if you‘re interested in the audio instead you can find the lectures on the link I pasted. The one about Gilgamesh is the second lecture! 😊 1y
Bookwomble @Palimpsest That's fantastic! Thank you for the link 😊 I like listening to podcasts while I'm cooking, so I'll definite give these a listen. 1y
vivastory I had NO idea that this book existed! Ordering asap! 14mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I‘ve read seven of his books and love them all. Why I haven‘t read everything he‘s written yet I don‘t know because I always love them. 😊 14mo
vivastory I've only read 3 from cover to cover, but each one of them left a significant impact on me. I also ordered Reader's Diary when I ordered this just now. 14mo
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This book feels like a different genre. Sort of a non-fiction/ memoir where the author uses female monsters from Greek mythology as a lens to show how women are treated as monsters (mostly by men) and how women should embrace these monstrosities within us. I mostly found myself nodding in agreement with the author especially as the book moved into subjects such as angry women and domestic details. I only questioned the women getting 👇

Palimpsest Preferential treatment for being thin because I have thought about writing about myself and how badly I was body shamed in the past for being stick thin and small chested, where most people only think heavy people are shamed. I also give men more benefit of the doubt here although some men can be awful, but anyone can be awful regardless of sex. As a liberal feminist this is a pick from me even if it isn‘t the topic I originally thought it was. (edited) 1y
rsteve388 I am reading this now and it's excellent. 1y
Palimpsest @rsteve388 I thought it was pretty great too and it was nice to have the author write so candidly about her own experiences but those experiences I think resonate with so many women. 1y
rsteve388 @Palimpsest Absolutely, hearing her experiences with her own life is hard and is really making me think about my own life and the ways in which I have down played my own needs and wants. She's really good at holding up a mirror for other people to look through. 1y
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