Brave

Everyone’s seen Brave. The excitement started before the movie released with people going gaga over the graphic book (or do I mean artwork?). However, moving pictures top mere pictures with me any day,and have you anything more beautiful than Brave? Ha ha if nothing else Brave reconciles me to my own unmanageable hair. Give me […]

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Just William

I haven’t rated/reviewed Just William before?!That’s a shock to me but then I haven’t read it in a while. Just William is a great example of the best of what I will riskily call period British humor. There were plenty of writers like that:the guy who wrote Billy Bunter, W.E. Jones (he wrote this one […]

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An Experience of India

I read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s book and think it a literary inadequacy.Remember how the “East” was portrayed? Or how people this side of the globe were “Orientals”? Remember your Somerset Maugham where Asian servants were sly and slit-eyed and your American literature where the African slave had the mind of a child? That last one […]

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Plain Kate

Plain Kate made me excited about reading again. I re-read all my old books and these books are actually old like the writers are all dead. So you read and you read and sometimes you cast your line for new writers but so few times do you actually come across a whopper. A big one. […]

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Howl’s Moving Castle

Writing about Howl’s Moving Castle is an enormous pleasure. Howl and Sophie are so real you wish the book could swallow you up and take right into Market Chipping. It’s completely satisfying. How many books have you read that you can say that about?Sophie as an old lady is the Best Character Ever!!! She’s feisty […]

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Cranford

If you like slow paced humorous observation ***!!!THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!****. It makes me laugh- all the narrator’s affectionate and clear sighted opinions about the eccentric Cranford ladies. There’s a little sentimentality: bright (sweet and blue eyed) happy young women are perpetually being blighted because of unrequited Love. Miss Matty IS unrequited and […]

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