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Our G. K. Quote of the Day

“Sheep and goats may be pure economists in their external actions at least; but that is why the sheep has hardly been a hero of epic wars and empires thought worthy of detailed narration.”

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Wuthering Heights

Today’s suggestion is Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë.

It is rather a slow read.  But, like so many good books, its content wholly makes up for that.  Flawed it is, too, and some sentences made no sense to me; and some words meant to reflect a local dialect were absolutely undecipherable.  A good tale, though, and an excellent book.

This is free on the Kindle, and my library keeps throwing out battered copies (worth asking about at yours), and used-book bookstores will probably have it at a good price too.

Oh, and there is a black-and-white movie edition with Laurence Olivier in it; I haven’t seen it, but I intend to, and review it afterwards.

Enjoy!

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Here the Book is Best

Les Misérables is today’s suggestion.  To me, it’s in the top ten list of best books—hopefully you’ll enjoy it too.

It starts out ever so slowly (I sputtered after a hundred pages at one point), but have faith, it will speed up.  It’s filled with adventures, battles, and even romance,  It had one chapter, in particular,  which was really hair-raising, the first time I read it; and even though having finished the chapter leaves you comprehending the mystery you’ll still want to read the whole book over and over again.

I wouldn’t recommend any movie versions of this; I watched part of an older one, and it was lousy; newer one’s far too short, and a musical; but then, I’m a purist in such things.

Enjoy!

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Paper Clips are Interesting?

Libraries are better than bookstores in so many ways; free books, free DVDs (unless your items are overdue), and some, I believe, are beginning to offer coffee.  (Look out, Barnes & Noble!)

The reason I mentioned libraries is because I found a fascinating book (which I never would have spent money on) while poking about in a corner of the library.  The Evolution of Useful Things, by Henry Petroski, is far more delightful than its dusty and pedantic-sounding name would imply.  Petroski discusses how diverse little, useful things, such as forks, paper clips, and suchlike things, came to be.  While Petroski’s style gets a little dry at times (chapter two, for example), those are the low points of the book.

Taken all in all this is actually very good entertainment.  Enjoy!

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A Favorite Fairy-Tale

I was poking about on the Kindle and found an excellent book for children (for anyone, really), Once on a Time, by Alexander Milne.

I’ve read a great many fairy-tales, and this (barring J. R. R. Tolkien) is my favorite book-length one.  It’s very, very funny —you may want to provide yourself with a handkerchief when you read this—I laughed ’til I nearly cried.  I shan’t tell you the funniest thing in the book, but I must tell you that something very amusing happens to Prince Udo.

At any rate, this is marvelous for any child, and excellent for retelling.  I hope it is thoroughly enjoyed!

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