Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"I could have punched her in the face!"

This is a direct quote from a friend of mine. We were chatting last night and she shared this story. She was at B&N a week or two ago and stood by as a woman walked up to a copy of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and said "Oooh! I wonder if this is based on the movie?"
I don't blame her. I could have punched her too.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Liz: I have two questions. :)

1. What scene in The House of Spirits did you most enjoy and which one made you the most uncomfortable?
I have to admit that the scenes that made me uncomfortable come to mind first, and with all of the icky and awkward scenes my top one was surprising even to myself. When Alba was helping with the student rebellion and they were stuck in the building for so long and then she begins to bleed I just kept getting that sick in my stomach feeling and I kept having to shack my head. The other uncomfortable scenes didn't cause such dramatic reaction.
My favorite scene was when Uncle Marcos takes off in his flying contraption and is presumed dead and then comes walking back into the house many months later. I caught the magic and excitement of this event in Allende's writing.

2. Is there a way to get emails when some thing is added to or changed on this blog?
I would feel much more connected that way but I don't know how to do it. I need someones bloggy knowledge.

Friday, February 5, 2010


SHANDY: So secretly I read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES while I was on vacation. Not so secretly, I nominate PRECIOUS BANE by Mary Webb or LOST HORIZON by James Hilton.

MATT: I too have secretly read P&P&Z ... wicked delight, I must say (though I'm not so thrilled about all the similarly-themed novel recreations that seem to be popping up).

Also, I had no idea the whole "Shangri-La" concept came from "Lost Horizon" ... new things learned day by day (so they say :)

Liz: I say shame on you both for reading "that book"! *wink* I read the first 4 chapters and couldn't stomach any more of the desecration.
I am up for any of the already mentioned books. I am going to vote right now. :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Call for Nominations: Book for Feb. 15 to March 15 ...

MATT: Well folks, I do hope that your time with "House of Spirits" has been both rewarding and (shall we say) haunting (seriously ... whew).

But even as we embark on a discussion of that fantastic tale, the time has come, my well-read friends, to talk of other things ... of shoes and ships and sealing-wax of cabbages and kings ...

And of what lovely literature the month of love shall bring ...

So, then, the question is, what should we read?

I would suggest, as possible candidates, "Essays" (by Michel de Montaigne) or "Blindness" (by Jose Saramago). Send along any other ideas and we can have a poll up by Friday, Feb. 5.