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June 30, 2012


An educated woman finds few suitors. – Austrian proverb The most dangerous food is wedding cake. – Austrian proverb I’m torn between these two Austrian proverbs mainly because to understand both is perhaps to understand where Elfriede Jelinek’s Women as Lovers is coming from, and we need all the help we can get. Jelinek’s novel, […]

Once or twice upon a time…

June 22, 2012


Mout’ open, story jump out – Antiguan proverb I finished Jamaica Kincaid’s Mr Potter over a week ago. I’ve been putting off writing the review because I feel as if somehow I’ve failed the book.  I wish I could like it more but I can’t. I’m sure it’s very clever and there is some beautiful […]

Reading first and housekeeping afterwards

June 17, 2012


Work first and wash afterwards – W H Auden Avoid piles – T S Eliot Today’s blog is going to be a bit of a hodgepodge.  I realise I need to do some housekeeping.  To bastardise Auden, I’ve been reading first and housekeeping afterwards – both literally and figuratively. The nerdle (Chad’s name for himself […]

People in glass houses have long memories

June 12, 2012


The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever – Angolan Proverb This strikes me (forgive the pun) as a particularly depressing proverb for a country that has been at war for over half a century, first in the fight for independence (1961-1975) and then in an internecine struggle for […]

A brave and simple woman

June 10, 2012


The Peace Islands – Aland Islands’ motto My Long Time Love and Live-in Programmer, Chad, is forgiven.  Having cajoled me into going to the Aland Islands, I found I really liked them, or at least their embodiment in the form of Sally Salminen’s Katrina.  Really, really, really, very much so in fact.   The book as […]

Damning with no praise

June 8, 2012


Virtue is stronger united – Andorran motto I promised myself when I started on this journey that I would try to find something positive in everything I’d read even when I didn’t like something.  After all, it takes a huge effort to write, complete and edit a novel. The hopes, imagination, and creative energy of […]

Sweet little lies

June 4, 2012


I’m not expecting many people to read this post. At least, not in the UK given that we have a four day holiday to celebrate her Glorious Maj’s 60 years in the same job. Whether royalist or republican, this is seen as a pretty major achievement. That said, by the time we want to claim […]