Ten books that have touched me. 1) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath2) By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart3) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte4) A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz5) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot6) A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel7) The Periodic Table by Primo Levi8) Weight by Jeanette Winterson9) Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer10) Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
I was tagged by the lovely Josephine Myles on FB, so here goes:
Ten books that have stayed with me – in no particular order, and omitting many more:
The Machine Stops – EM Forster
Gobsmacking prescience re the internet
Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett
Impossible to choose just one. And a masterclass in British humour
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
A real eye-opener after reading works by her near-contemporary, Jane Austen: all that passion!
The Italian – Ann Radcliffe
Her best, most complex villain, plus her trademark lush scenery and gothic atmosphere
The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
Wonderfully rambling unreliable narrator – and a killer ending
The Story of Art – EH Gombrich
Enthralling and enlightening to one utterly devoid of an artist’s eye
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
Fantastically imaginative ideas
The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
In all its many forms – I still can’t think of it without the radio show theme song playing in my mind
The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher
My two favourite genres, rolled into one hard-boiled first-person narrative
I’m not tagging anyone, but feel free to join in if you have a yen to do so!
Picked this up in a rare quiet moment, so here are mine :)1. Twelve Modern Scottish Poets - ed. Charles Kind2. The Bird Path - Kenneth White3. On the Road - Jack Kerouac4. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien5. The Owl Service - Alan Garner6. My adventures during the late War, a narrative of shipwreck, captivity, escapes from French prisons, from 1804 to 1827 - Donat Henchy O'Brien7. Mille Plateaux - Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari8. The Butterfly Ball - Alan Aldridge9. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov10. The Earth Sea series - Ursula Le Guin A slightly odd selection! It's so hard to choose without giving it too much thought. I should add that I can't claim to have read all of Mille Plateaux, but the parts I did read made a huge impression on me for a while.
Here goes:Wolves of Willoughby Chase -- Joan AikenPersian Boy, Fire from Heaven -- Mary RenaultWings from the Wind (Poetry Collection)Dark is Rising Series-- Susan CooperOnce and Future King TH WhiteCollected Works of ThurberHornblower SeriesLes Miserables-- Victor HugoMoby Dick-- Herman MelivillePoems of KiplingMy goodness, they are all fiction. That is kind of a surprise, I read a lot of non-fiction too. But the ones that settled in my heart, the ones that I hugged to my chest, the ones I never wanted to end, those seem to be the ones that were that were 'stories.' Funny about that...
I had a very dear friend who died (too young) a couple of years ago. I still miss her humour - the times we've sat laughing until we've wept! - and her wisdom. She was a consultant anaesthetist, and used to get cross when maternity department staff referred to some babies as being "special" because their parents had been trying so long to have them. For her every baby was special, not because of their provenance but because of who they were. She was right. Every child has the potential for greatness, even if it's just the greatness of the everyday. Every child matters whether born in a maternity ward, a tribal settlement or a stable.
Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975) was an American playwright and novelist. He received three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth Day. Wilder was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Amos Parker Wilder, a US diplomat, and Isabella Niven Wilder. All of the Wilder children spent part of their childhood in China because of their father's work. Thornton Wilder's older brother, Amos Niven Wilder, was Hollis Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, a noted poet, and foundational to the development of the field theopoetics. Amos was also a nationally ranked tennis player who competed at the Wimbledon tennis championships in 1922. His youngest sister, Isabel Wilder, was an accomplished writer. Both of his other sisters, Charlotte Wilder, a poet, and Janet Wilder Dakin, a zoologist, attended Mount Holyoke College and were excellent students. Additionally, Wilder had a sister and a twin brother, who died at birth. Wilder began writing plays while at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, where he did not fit in and was teased by classmates as overly intellectual. According to a classmate, "We left him alone, just left him alone. And he would retire at the library, his hideaway, learning to distance himself from humiliation and indifference." His family lived for a time in China, where his sister Janet was born in 1910. He attended the English China Inland Mission Chefoo School at Yantai but returned with his mother and siblings to California in 1912 because of the unstable political conditions in China at the time. Thornton also attended Creekside Middle School in Berkeley, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1915. Wilder also studied law for two years before dropping out of Purdue University. ( Read more...Collapse ) Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornton_Wilder ( Further ReadingsCollapse )
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Luke Striffler (born December 7) was born and raised in New York, USA and trained in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Professional Credits: Avenue Q (UK TOUR) Edward Brooks (EastEnders) Thom (The Morning After) (Short) and Noctropia (Hampstead Theatre). He is currently on the cast of Hairspray, the UK Tour, in the role of Link Larkin.Joshua Berg (born 1992) is originally from Luton, England. He is a 2010 graduate of the 3-year Musical Theatre programme at Laine Theatre Arts, London. Last year he made his theatrical debut as Titus in Sonia Friedman’s production of the Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, which starred David Tennant and Catherine Tate.Joshua also starred in a film short, "The Morning After", as Harry, a young man who, one morning after a drunken night out, awakens to discover a naked man, Thom, in his bed. Thom is played by Luke, who is Joshua's boyfriend in real life. You can watch "The Morning After" here:http://vimeo.com/34515831The Morning After a drunken night out Harry's (Joshua Berg) world is turned upside down when as he awakens to discover a naked man, Thom (Luke Striffler), in his bed. stunned and confused he tries to make sense of his repressed desires. In an attempt to re-assert his heterosexuality he revisits an old lover, Lucy (Juliet Lundholm), but finds little comfort from the encounter. Harry is left to make a decision: to follow his set path and return to his doting girlfriend Jess (Jane Alice), or attempt to understand his own wants and desires.....Luke Striffler was born and raised in New York and trained in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama. He is currently on the cast of Hairspray, the UK Tour. Joshua Berg is originally from Luton, England. He is a 2010 graduate of the 3-year Musical Theatre programme at Laine Theatre Arts, London. Last year he made his theatrical debut as Titus in Sonia Friedman’s production of the Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, which starred David Tennant and Catherine Tate.Source: http://www.cisotofotos.org/2012/02/joshua-berg.html
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I'm BACK!And so is the drama…Hang on, kiddies… It's Debbie and Carl's Fourth ofJuly Picnic.By Gaedhal
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