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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...

Reading Notes January 2021

Lisbeth Reading by Carl Larsson Books I’ve Finished 1. Mixed Magics by Diana Wynn Jones A collection of short stories in the Chrestomanci series.   2. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline  A werewolf tale by a Canadian Native author...

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