GNI BOOK CLUB [2]

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Finished reading "WILLA CATHER: Collected Stories". It contains 19 short stories by the American writer Willa Cather. She was born in 1873 and died in 1947. I am impressed with her writing and will read her novels later.

The stories in this collection were originally published between 1905 and 1948. From them I got a glimpse of that period's culture in the US. Their main characters include opera singers, actors, painters and teachers. A few Nebraska farmers too. There are references to Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House.

Finished "a sparrow falls" not bad reading, this would make a great movie. Just imagine a sparrow with wings outstretched as it glides along oblivious to its surroundings...BADDAM... into a tree...Blop... onto the ground...story done.

Well no, nothing like that...no sparrows...just great reading about man's greed and the height that he would go even stepping on his father to get to the top.

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Finished reading THIS LONG PURSUIT by British biographer Richard Holmes. For over 40 years Holmes has researched and written on the lives of British and French Romantic poets, writers and artists --- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley etc.

Published in 2016, “This Long Pursuit” is the third of a trilogy that began with “Footsteps” [1984] followed by “Sidetracks” [2000]. It is an inside account of Holmes at work and includes the experiences of other biographers that Holmes has admired --- biographers of Madam de Stael, Mary Somerville, John Keats, William Blake etc.

Showing how he investigated the lives of his subjects, Holmes says “the serious biographer must physically pursue his subject through the past. He must go to all the places where the subject had ever lived or worked, or travelled or dreamed. Not just the birthplace, or the blue-plaque place, but the temporary places, the passing places, the last places, the dream places.”

This book brought out memories of my English Literature studies in high school, particularly Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Holmes has made me adjust my reading plan for this year, so I am now including English Romantic books covering the period roughly between 1770 and 1830.

 

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Finished reading UPSTREAM by Mary Oliver. This is a collection of 18 essays, published in 2016, by a woman who has been described as America's best-selling poet. Mary Oliver is a winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and holds four honorary doctorates.

Besides being a poet, Mary Oliver is a longstanding environmentalist. For most of her 82 years she made it her duty to be very close to nature --- woods, waterways, all kinds of flora and fauna. Reading her essays, I am amazed at her intimate knowledge of these things. I had to check Google Images for goosefish, sea robin, tautog, skate fish, black dogfish, bluefish,  spider crab, ocean sunfish, golden club plants, cattails, honey locust blossoms, merganser ducks, great horned owl, screech owl, snowy owl, etc. She pays attention to them all. "Attention is the beginning of devotion," she says. 

 

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Finished reading UPSTREAM by Mary Oliver. This is a collection of 18 essays, published in 2016, by a woman who has been described as America's best-selling poet. Mary Oliver is a winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and holds four honorary doctorates.

Besides being a poet, Mary Oliver is a longstanding environmentalist. For most of her 82 years she made it her duty to be very close to nature --- woods, waterways, all kinds of flora and fauna. Reading her essays, I am amazed at her intimate knowledge of these things. I had to check Google Images for goosefish, sea robin, tautog, skate fish, black dogfish, bluefish,  spider crab, ocean sunfish, golden club plants, cattails, honey locust blossoms, merganser ducks, great horned owl, screech owl, snowy owl, etc. She pays attention to them all. "Attention is the beginning of devotion," she says. 

 

I'm happy to say my poem, The Tempering Fire by Vic Pandal, has been selected for publication in the Suffolk County Poetry Review 2017.

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I bought some good books from Amazon about Guyana but never find the time to read. I used to finish a novel in 2 days, devoured it until done. 

I know exactly what you mean. I just finished "The Wild Coast" by Jan Carew. Surprisingly, I finished it in about a week and that was only because it was very captivating and I couldn't wait to finish it. I have other books I started years ago.

Here are some books I've read so far this year:

  1. “Stalingrad” by Antony Beevor.
  2. “Notes from a Dead House” by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
  3. “The White Witch of Rosehall” by HG de Lisser.
  4. “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe.
  5. “Indian Tales” by Rudyard Kipling.
  6. “Eminent Victorians” by Lytton Strachey.
  7. “Why Poetry Matters” by Jay Parini.
  8. “The Persians” by Aeschylus.
  9. “Albert Camus: A Life” by OlivieTodd.
  10. “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid.
  11. “The Siege of Krishnapur” by JG Farrell.
  12. “A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute.
  13. “Walk Wid Me All Ova Guyana” by Helena Martin.
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“Walk Wid Me All Ova Guyana” by Helena Martin.

Started reading this about 3 years ago ... got to page 14.  Could not get into reading the book completely.

Don't give up. It's a lovely memoir by a Portuguese-Guyanese woman who grew up poor in South Georgetown, married an employee of Royal Bank of Canada Charlestown branch, migrated and settled as a farmer in Australia. I recommend it.

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“Walk Wid Me All Ova Guyana” by Helena Martin.

Started reading this about 3 years ago ... got to page 14.  Could not get into reading the book completely.

Don't give up. It's a lovely memoir by a Portuguese-Guyanese woman who grew up poor in South Georgetown, married an employee of Royal Bank of Canada Charlestown branch, migrated and settled as a farmer in Australia. I recommend it.

I will try next year...

Somehow Poomeroon is stuck in my memory when I started to read the book...


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“Walk Wid Me All Ova Guyana” by Helena Martin.

Started reading this about 3 years ago ... got to page 14.  Could not get into reading the book completely.

Don't give up. It's a lovely memoir by a Portuguese-Guyanese woman who grew up poor in South Georgetown, married an employee of Royal Bank of Canada Charlestown branch, migrated and settled as a farmer in Australia. I recommend it.

I will try next year...

Somehow Poomeroon is stuck in my memory when I started to read the book...


Her grandparents and uncles were from Pomeroon.

More books I've read this year:

(14) “Idle Days in Patagonia” by WH Hudson.

(15) “In Patagonia” by Bruce Chatwin.

(16) “The Plantation” by Di Morrissey.

(17) “Algerian Chronicles” by Albert Camus

(18) “Hiking With Nietzsche” by John Kaag.

(19) “Daisy Miller” by Henry James.

(20) “Gorbachev” by William Taubman.

(21) “God’s Little Acre” by Erskine Caldwell.

(22) “The West Indies and the Spanish Main” by Anthony Trollope.

(23) “Racing with the Rain” by Ken Puddicombe.

(24) “Jenny Gerhardt” by Theodore Dreiser.

(25) “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi.

(26) “Dr No” by Ian Fleming.

(27) “Mosquito Mansion” by Christopher Hedgehorne.

(28) “Recycling A Son of the British Raj” by Peter Ramraykha.

(29) “The Strongest Poison” by Mark Lane.

(30) “Darker Than Amber” by John D Macdonald.

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More books I've read this year:

(14) “Idle Days in Patagonia” by WH Hudson.

(23) “Racing with the Rain” by Ken Puddicombe.

 

I read #23. 
Did not read #14.

Read these about 5 years ago by Hudson.

I read Far Away & Long ago when I was about 13 yrs old.

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More books I've read this year:

(14) “Idle Days in Patagonia” by WH Hudson.

(23) “Racing with the Rain” by Ken Puddicombe.

 

I read #23. 
Did not read #14.

Read these about 5 years ago by Hudson.

I read Far Away & Long ago when I was about 13 yrs old.

WH.Hudson

1968 was the first time I read FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO in preparation for GCE 'O' Level English Literature examination. I reread it in 2014 with a more knowledgeable brain and picked up a lot of interesting details that had flown high above my head the first time.

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More books I've read this year:

(14) “Idle Days in Patagonia” by WH Hudson.

(23) “Racing with the Rain” by Ken Puddicombe.

 

I read #23. 
Did not read #14.

Read these about 5 years ago by Hudson.

I read Far Away & Long ago when I was about 13 yrs old.

WH.Hudson

1968 was the first time I read FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO in preparation for GCE 'O' Level English Literature examination. I reread it in 2014 with a more knowledgeable brain and picked up a lot of interesting details that had flown high above my head the first time.

Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest is an exotic romance by William Henry Hudson about a traveller to the Guyana jungle of southeastern Venezuela and his encounter with a forest dwelling girl named Rima.(copied from wikipedia)

I did not want to put it down...

Presently reading Faith of my Fathers- John McCain.

Just ordered - Becoming - Michelle Obama

 
Not sure if Amazon has all of Hudson's book  ...

https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/...henry-hudson/470722/

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GREEN MANSIONS is indeed a wonderful book. Rima Guest House in Middle Street near Main Street was named after the fictional character. 

Re: the John McCain book. I read it a good while back. Inspiring. If I remember well it is edited by Mark(?) Salter. My copy: blue cover.

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GREEN MANSIONS is indeed a wonderful book. Rima Guest House in Middle Street near Main Street was named after the fictional character. 

Re: the John McCain book. I read it a good while back. Inspiring. If I remember well it is edited by Mark(?) Salter. My copy: blue cover.

I just learned something about RIMA Guest House. I worked at the travel service - RORAIMA TRAVEL SERVICE, that used to be on the lower flat.

Rima Guest House was owned by KINGS( I think they are ex-pats). Their son Jonathan used to dribble a basket-ball on the seawalls.

Mark Salter indeed edited "Faith of My Fathers" I became interested in reading it along with For Whom The Bell Tolls(never read it, although my older brother had it) when I saw Sen.McCain's funeral on TV.

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Finished reading “The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick”. It contains nearly 60 essays Hardwick wrote for the New York Review of Books. They focus on writers like Herman Melville, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Mary McCarthy, Kathleen Anne Porter, Joan Didion, Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas, Carl Sandburg etc.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was a US literary critic and writer.

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