Category Archives: classics in literature

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Settle back for a visit with Isabel Archer for 623 pages–but then, who’s counting? Isabel has been  brought to England from Albany NY (!) by an aunt, Mrs. Touchette, and as the book opens, she has arrived at Gardencourt—a lovely … Continue reading

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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes final review

Ho, ho, ho!  Summer reading project done before Christmas!  Yes, the book is finished.  Did you hear the firecrackers flying in Pennsylvania the other night?  907 pages, but who was counting?  (I was, and I’m afraid you might have been, … Continue reading

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Sancho goes home to talk with Teresa

Sancho goes home to talk to Teresa: After Sancho had fulfilled his duties as  squire to Don Quixote for a few weeks, he decided to return home and tell Teresa all of the good things that would be happening to … Continue reading

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Don Quixote and Master Pedro by Miguel de Cervantes

Still reading it—about 200 pages to go!  DQ and Sancho and I met an interesting character recently and I want to share him with you.  Maybe if you have read the book, you remember him.  It’s Master Pedro and he … Continue reading

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Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

It’s on the summer reading list, but not a page turner for the beach! The book opens with a meeting of the higher up Roman clergy having a luncheon on a patio overlooking the hills of Rome in 1848.  Father … Continue reading

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Reading in July and a summer reading list for 2016

Hel-l-o-o-o! from way back when . . . I took an unexpected and UNWanted vacation for six weeks—sorry, didn’t mean to drop you like a hot potato– But I’m sort of ‘back’ and must get the two of us together … Continue reading

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Visiting Yarmouth, Maine

O’Half and I — away we went to Yarmouth, Maine! It’s about a seven hour trip.  And we took Woody! 

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden by Henry David Thoreau is the monthly selection of my book club for April. I have read it before — but since that was in April 1965, somehow not all the details come to mind! 

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Billy Budd by Herman Melville

It’s the book club selection for this month—meeting tonight.  Have you read it?  Back in high school?  I had never read it. This was Herman Melville’s last? late work after a series of failures and never published while he was … Continue reading

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Trouble in River City

“Oh, we got trouble–right here in River City with a capital T that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool!” The Music Man, Harold Hill, doesn’t know what trouble is—he’s not trying to read Doctor Zhivago for the July book … Continue reading

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