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I’ve moved … again

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 Leave a comment

Hopefully for the last time. Find me hosting myself now at bibliophilist.net!

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Saturday, 17 April 2010 Leave a comment

Non-fiction: Humor. Abridged audio from Hachette Audio. Recorded in 2000. 5 hours and 51 minutes. Narrated by the author. Purchased from Audible.com. Read for book club.

This is a book of short stories. I found some of them to be humorous but many of them just did not resonate with me. I suppose for any humorist to be funny the audience must be able to relate to what is being said; to have a common point of reference. When he talks about living in Europe, he has me laughing out loud. When he shares that his artistic talent only existed when he was doped up on drugs, not so much.

David Sedaris’ new collection of essays – including live recordings! – tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes (“There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch”) and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist (“The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever”) to “clearly unqualified” writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris’ career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a “spooky man-child” capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.

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BTT – Which End?

Thursday, 15 April 2010 Leave a comment

Today BTT asks:

In general, do you prefer the beginnings of stories? Or the ends?

What’s your response to today’s Booking Through Thursday question?

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Stamboul Train by Graham Greene

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 1 comment

Fiction: Mystery. Unabridged Audio from BBC WW. Published in 1932. Recorded in 2008.
Narrated by Michael Maloney. 7 hours and 20 minutes. Purchased from Audible.com.

This was my first Graham Greene novel. I picked a light one to start and found it to be a very engaging story. The narrator did an excellent job.

I ran across mention of a movie version from 1934 but beyond an IMDB entry I can’t find much else about it.

Greene classified this 1932 novel as one of his “entertainments” to distinguish it from his more serious works. Set on the Orient Express, traveling from Ostend to Constantinople, the story features a varied cast, including a wealthy Jewish merchant, a chorus girl, a burglar turned murderer, an exiled nationalist/revolutionary, and assorted other passengers. Michael Maloney manages the multinational voices, effectively conveying the wide range of emotions in this tale on intrigue and subterfuge. The reading keeps the listener focused on what will happen next. An excellent performance.

For a hard copy visit:
Amazon.com
Powells.com

and audio here:
Audible.com

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Busybody Bibliophilist

Monday, 12 April 2010 Leave a comment
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BTT – Learning

Thursday, 1 April 2010 4 comments

BTT asks:

Do you remember learning to read? What’s your earliest reading memory?

You know, I don’t really remembering learning to read. Fairly dull of me, huh? I do remember being read to, so I suppose that’s my earliest reading memory. I have a vague memory of the Dick and Jane books when I began learning to read. As to really reading to myself, I recall devouring the Little House on the Prairie series.

What about you? What’s your response to today’s Booking Through Thursday question? Can you do better than I did? (Shouldn’t be too difficult!)

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From the Bookshelf: Night Ferry to Death by Patricia Moyes

Saturday, 27 March 2010 Leave a comment

Fiction: Mystery. Paperback from Henry Holt and Company. Published in 1985. 181 pages. Discovered on the upstairs bookshelf. Unknown origins.

This is my first Inspector Henry Tibbett Mystery and I enjoyed it. Because it is a short book, the plot moves along very quickly. The ending was quite a surprise. I’m going to have to peruse our shelves a bit more and see if there are any more of this series to be found hiding on our bookshelves.

As passengers board the overnight ferry from the Netherlands to England, a desperate little man frantically pleads for a cabin as if his life depended on it. But the ship is overbooked, and his only choice is to sleep in a lounge with everyone else, including Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard Henry Tibbett and his wife, Emmy, who are returning from a holiday in Amsterdam.

The next morning, the man is found dead — the victim of a killer who had to be one of the Tibbetts’ sleeping companions in the lounge. Furthermore, the dead man turns out to have been carrying a fortune in stolen diamonds, which have disappeared. When Emmy makes an astounding discovery about the contents of her overnight bag, her life is put into grave danger as the Tibbetts are enmeshed in a sinister web of international intrigue that leads them to take one last trip on the night ferry, a voyage that proves even more shocking than the first.

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