... we're good to go. Or, well, I am. They got here much quicker than expected, and even both on the same day. Your call now -- whatever is easier for you to track down at the library.
"Oh, Marilla espérer quelque chose, c'est déjà ressentir la moitié du plaisir que cette chose vous procurera", s'exclama Anne. "Il se peut qu'elle ne se produise pas, mais il vous restera toujours le plaisir de l'avoir espérée. Mme Lynde dit :"Bienheureux ceux qui ne s'attendent à rien, car ils ne seront pas déçus." Mais je pense, moi, qu'il est pire de ne s'attendre à rien que d'être déçu."
Midwinter by John Buchan is a historical spy novel and it's a good book.
The story is set in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie, more precisely during the Jacobite rising of 1745/46, and its protagonist is a captain of the Scottish army travelling through England to join his Prince in Scotland. On his way he realises that his assumed friends are actually his foes trying to get rid of him with all means because they betray the Jacobite cause. He is helped by a not yet famous Samuel Johnson and a mysterious man called "Midwinter" rescues him ever again from almost certain death.
I wrote a long review of the novel on my main book blog which you can find following the link to Edith's Miscellany.
Pastoral is a short novel about how beliefs and faith can be tested and how that testing changes individuals. It is about the insular and sometimes peculiar behavior of small, rural towns. It is the story of a priest taking up his first parish in the country town of Barrow and how reconnects with nature as his faith is tested in that small town, and his reactions to the somewhat pagan traditions and behaviors of Barrow Day. It is about how tragedy can shape a person such as Lowther, who is preoccupied with the seeming inevitability of his early death. And it is about Elizabeth, who is unwillingly involved in a love triangle and the choices she makes.
At times lovely, amusing, almost profound, this is a novel that involves the reader in contemplation of God, nature and their interweaving in our lives. An overarching and recurring question that seems to be posed to the novel’s characters is “What will you choose to believe and accept?” And we as readers are left to decide whether their choices are based on faith or rationalization.
My copy was won through the GoodReads First Reads program, courtesy of Coach House Books. Is it odd that it gave me a little extra thrill to see the Canadian postage?