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text 2017-10-21 19:38
Burnt Offerings - progress 24%
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

Hmmm, it's already drawn blood twice.

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text 2017-10-21 15:41
Burnt Offerings - progress 2%
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

The Bored Housewife seems to be a common trope in 1970s fiction. Poor little Marian isn't allowed to work outside the home, except for temp jobs when the money is needed, so she spends all day cooped up in her apartment with nothing to do except clean, and inspect her scalp for gray hairs, and clean again, and nag her son to clean his room, and buy stuff that her husband yells at her about, then clean some more. 

 

I can't really remember the storyline for this one, but I'm wondering if Marian is going to snap and go on a murderous rampage. 

 

I would. 

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review 2017-10-21 03:11
The Mayor of Casterbridge ★★★☆☆
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy

I once knew an essentially selfish man who thought of everything, even the people he loved, in terms of what they could do for him. And when he didn’t benefit, he could be angry and resentful and hurtful. He knew better, and he often regretted it and apologized and resolved to do better, but he never really learned how to be anything other than selfish. Even when apologizing and trying to make amends, deep down, it was about himself and his perception of himself, not about the hurt that he caused to others. Such a person is hard to love. They burn through relationships, taking and taking and taking, until even the kindest and most giving person is eventually sucked dry.

 

So, yeah.

 

…also, I don’t think Hardy liked women much, if this novel is anything to go on. 

 

 

Audiobook version, via Audible. Excellent performance by Pamela Garelick.

 

Previous Updates:

10/18/17 36% 

10/20/17 89%

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review 2017-10-20 21:56
Before We Were Yours ★☆☆☆☆
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

First Person Present Tense ought to come with a &!^@* warning label. I’m going to have to start checking the samples on every book I buy now. It’s spreading from YA into general adult fic like a plague of cockroaches that can’t be stamped out.

 

DNF after suffering through the first chapter and realizing it wasn’t going to go away. Audiobook, via Audible. No opinion on the narrator performance.

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text 2017-10-20 13:08
The Mayor of Casterbridge - progress 89%
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy

He cursed himself like a less scrupulous Job, as a vehement man will do when he loses self-respect, the last mental prop under poverty. 

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