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Books I Read in April and May 2016

In April I read: • Lady Susan, by Jane Austen, read by Harriet Walter, Kim Hicks, Carole Boyd, Jonathan Keeble, Nigel Anthony, Patience Tomlinson, and Ruth Sillers (Naxos AudioBooks, 2001) — A novella, one of Jane Austen’s early works. Lady … Continue reading

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Books I Read in March 2016

• The Trumpet Major, by Thomas Hardy — The author’s only historical novel. Like his earlier and better-known Far from the Madding Crowd, the story revolves around three men pursuing one woman. I did not find the characters in The … Continue reading

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Books I Read in January & February 2016

As you can see, I’m posting this barely in time to not have to add “March” to the title. In January I read: • The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain — I read this aloud to some of … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Revelations

This book starts out with some much needed explanation of why Daniel was willing to listen to Mordecai. Daniel is “dissatisfied with his neutral life” and wants a special duty or purpose. Into this vacuum comes Mordecai’s ardour and certainty. … Continue reading

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Books I Read in November & December 2015

In November I read: • The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare, read by a full cast including Ciaran Hinds as Leontes and Eileen Atkins as Paulina, directed by Clive Brill (Arkangel, 2003) — “A sad tale’s best for winter.” But … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Mordecai

“Your doubts lie as light as dust on my belief.” (Daniel Deronda, chapter 40) The big events of book five are Daniel Deronda seeing Gwendolen after she is married and his meeting with Mordecai. Though Gwendolen is as much a … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Gwendolen Gets Her Choice

Upon becoming engaged to Grandcourt, Gwendolen experiences a sensation quite new to her: “she who had been used to feel sure of herself, and ready to manage others, had just taken a decisive step which she had beforehand thought that … Continue reading

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