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Book Notes June 2021

1. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman A juvenile novel set somewhere in India (I don’t think it’s ever made clear where the protagonist lives) with a first person narrative told as a series of lyric poems. Veda has been certain she has...

Interior, Blue

Interior, Blue A woman sits in a room alone at a table. Not a table with food or a table with work. A table that gleams faintly in the sunbeam that comes from the far window. Her eye traces the grain of the wood where the light makes it gleam and...

Reading Notes May 2021

  1. What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein A lovely middle grade novel about a boy in Nepal, a foundling whose adoptive father is head of the royal elephant stable. Nandu was found in the jungle being watched over by wild dogs; he says that...

Reading Notes April 2021

1. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz I wrote a little (well, honestly, quite a bit actually) about the theme of Divine Mercy in Quo Vadis here. And I think that’s all I have to say for now, though this is one of those novels that I can tell is...

Quo Vadis and Divine Mercy

My read for the second part of Lent and rounding off the Easter octave has been Quo Vadis a historical novel of ancient Rome by Nobel Prize winning Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, I read the modern translation by W.S. Kuniczak, which I highly...

Book Notes March 2021

Finished in March: 1. O Pioneers by Willa Cather Cather’s second novel, not quite as good as Death Comes for the Archbishop, but still a good read. Alexandra Bergson is a Swedish immigrant whose father takes up a homestead in Nebraska, despite...

Book Notes February 2021

“At a Book” by Marie Bashkirtseff, 1882. 1. Thrawn Ascendency by Timothy Zahn A spin-off Star Wars novel about Grand Admiral Thrawn who appears in the Star Wars Rebels television series. This is the first novel of a new prequel trilogy...

The Day’s Catch

The Day’s Catch by John Neville Day’s Catch If I were a bird flying above  If I were a bird watching the waves ripple like a girl’s hair that falls over her shoulders blue and black and silver in regular ripples thick and thin— If I was a bird...

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