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review 2017-09-02 18:48
Halloween Bingo Update 1: The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

The Canterville Ghost is a charming novella by Oscar Wilde, dating, I believe, to about 1887.  The American Minister to the Court of St. James rents the country house of the Canterville family, despite being informed that it's haunted by a dire ghost, because he doesn't believe in ghosts.  Also he figures his incorrigible twin boys (known generally as "Stars and Stripes") will be more than a match for it, if it even exists. 

 

There is indeed a ghost - Sir Simon de Canterville, who has been a successful haunt since 1585.  This time, however, his haunting fails, and the only one who is apparently moved is the Americans' daughter, fifteen-year-old Virginia.

 

I may have read The Canterville Ghost many years ago - but then again I may just have seen the movies.  There's a version from 1944, which my mother grew up with, with Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien, and Charles Laughton as the Ghost, but that's not the one I first saw.  That version was one for TV made in the mid-1970s, with David Niven as the Ghost, and it may be the adaptation I've seen that's closest to the novella.  (There are also more modern adaptations, but the only one of those that I have seen is the one from the mid-80s, with Alyssa Milano and John Gielgud as the Ghost.)  There is apparently yet another version "in preparation" now.  With Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie attached.

 

At any rate, this was a charming start to the bingo, and it fulfills the first call: "Ghost."

 

 

Called and Read:

 

Ghost - The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde. 

 

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review 2016-11-05 01:28
DARCY SWIPES LEFT by Jane Austen and Courtney Carbone
Darcy Swipes Left (OMG Classics) - Jane Austen,Courtney Carbone
  Pride and Prejudice in emojis. I enjoyed this book. If emojis were around when Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice this is the book we'd get. It's modern but tells the story very succinctly. It's fun and good for teens and up.
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text 2016-08-11 06:16
PRINCESS ZARA = DNF
Princess Zara (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) - Ross Beeckman

I'm sorry, classic book. I just can't read another boring word. I'm DNF'ing this one before I poke my eyes out. I should've been able to stick it out. At only 166 pages, this isn't a long story. The one thing it isn't short on...BOREDOM. It's official. I've DNF'ed my first book of the year. 

 

 

 

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text 2016-07-19 20:17
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Princess Zara (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) - Ross Beeckman

Was sitting in the car waiting for husband to return. Got bored and downloaded the Bluefire reader app on my iPhone. http://www.bluefirereader.com/ I promised myself I'd start reading more classics, adding one to my currents as often as possible. Guess my love for historical fiction drew me to this one. The cover, I guess. I'm not crazy about romantic stories but going to give this a shot, despite it's low ratings. 

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review 2016-01-28 03:56
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Awakening and Selected Stories - Kate Chopin,Alyssa Harad,Cynthia Brantley Johnson

How have I NOT read this book?! I could read anything by Kate Chopin all the live long day. I just adore her writing. When I read her stories, something magical takes place and I'm instantly transported into the book. I can clearly smell and visualize everything she describes. I want to live in Chopin's stories. *sigh* 

 

So darn good!

 

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