Life with Father, Clarence Day, Jr. (1935) Classics Club Spin #30

This is an intimate study of the dynamics of a New York City family in the late 19th century. Clarence Day, Jr., the eldest of three boys, writes descriptively and honestly about his parents, especially the control of his father-his word is law and that is it. However, his mother Vinnie is not a meek …

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Classics Club Spin #30

Can anyone resist a CC Spin? I know I can't, even though I have very spotty success. I did finish the last one, albeit a few days late. But I did finish! For the uninitiated: Go to your blog.Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.Post that list, numbered …

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Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse (1922) #JazzAgeJune

Siddhartha, to his best friend, Govinda: “When someone is seeking it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed …

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Jazz Age June 2022! Reading Books from 1922

It is hard to believe June is upon us Unlike last year, at least for me, this year is speedily rushing by. My reading and blogging has picked up, my health issues have stabilized and I have been out and about, taking long drives and exploring historic sites, something I love to do. Olinda Oil …

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The Magician’s Nephew, CS Lewis (1955)

“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” Aslan And the longer and more beautiful the Lion sang, the harder Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he could hear nothing but roaring….And when the Lion spoke and said, “Narnia awake,” he didn’t hear any words: …

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The Marne, Edith Wharton (1918)

"Whither thou goest will I go, thy people shall be my people…” Yes, France was the Naomi-country that had but to beckon, and her children rose and came. Edith Wharton had been living in France for many years when WWI began. Like many in Europe, Wharton was frustrated and angry at America's reluctance to enter …

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The Poor Little Rich Girl, Eleanor Gates (1912) Classics Club Spin #29

"I'm seven today," Gwendolyn went on, "So I am going to walk. I haven't walked for a whole, whole week. " "You can lean back in the car," said Nurse Jane, "and pretend you're a grand little Queen!" "I don't WANT to be a Queen. I want to WALK." "Rich little girls don't hike along …

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