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review 2017-08-19 19:24
Unmentionable by Therese Oneill
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners - Therese Oneill

This was a quirky albeit sometimes condescending at the more intimate areas of life in the Victorian era. The tone did grate at times and I had to sometimes roll my eyes at the chatty condescension, but it was still funny and the tone didn't bother me all the time. It was a pretty quick read, and I enjoyed many of the quotes from "experts" of the day. There were also a lot of examples of advertisements and so on.

 

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164 of 298 pages

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text 2017-08-18 18:27
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 298 pages.
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners - Therese Oneill

The tone can be a little annoying, but it either gets toned down later on in the book or I've gotten used to it. Some of the asides are actually funny.

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text 2017-08-02 14:06
Chawton: Jane Austen's Home
Jane Austen's Hampshire - Terry Townsend
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen,Gillian Beer
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen,Marilyn Butler,Claire Lamont
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford
Teenage Writings (Oxford World's Classics) - Kathryn Sutherland,Freya Johnston,Jane Austen
Lady Susan - Harriet Walter,Carole Boyd,Kim Hicks,Jane Austen
Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed - Marie Dobbs,Anne Telscombe,Jane Austen

... during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma).

 


The dining room, with Jane's writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.


Jane's bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).


A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra.



A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.

 

And last but not least ...


The museum's resident cat! :D

Merken

Merken

Merken

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review 2017-07-31 00:22
Crime And Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I was looking forward to reading this book with some trepidation which is silly really because I am reading to relax and it shouldn't be work. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't actually turn out to be work but rather an enjoyable, enlightening experience. It was a little confusing in places and seemed quite disjointed in the dialogue but that was the style of the story. I have to say however, that I would like to read a different translation at some point because some of the sentences felt rather literally translated and just didn't seem right. I don't know if this is really the case or whether it was how the story was written in the first place but it would be interesting to see how other translators interpret certain parts of the story.

 

The beautiful Vintage Russian Classics edition of the book was a bit of a pain to read. I don't like breaking spines and so I had terrible cramp in my hands. Thick pages and a thick cover made it difficult to bend the book far enough to be able to hold it comfortably. Maybe I shouldn't be quite so fastidious but we all have our little quirks don't we?

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review 2017-07-30 23:32
Sharpe’s Fortress by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Fortress - Bernard Cornwell

Series: Sharpe #3

 

This installment describes the taking of the so far unbeaten fortress of Gawilghur by Wellington’s army. Sharpe is a newly made ensign in a new company and having a hard time of it because he doesn’t feel like he fits in anywhere. The description of how the fortress was defeated was compelling, but boy was it bloody. Admittedly the British didn’t take massive losses and the book wasn’t trying to be overly gory but war certainly makes a mess. At least no one go beheaded by a cannonball in this one. Oh, and I’m impressed at the sheer amount of ammunition the British must have been lugging around.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Frontierland 2 “Read a book with a main character who knows how to handle a gun” and Sharpe definitely fits this category. It’s a musket but he’s skilled with its use as both a firearm and with its bayonet. At 372 pages (I’m including the historical note), it counts as another $6 for my bank, giving me a total of $263.

 

This is also the hundredth book I’ve finished reading this year.

 

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207 of 372 pages

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