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review 2018-03-11 10:33
Certezza non v'è, e la ragione barcolla
La promessa: Un requiem per il romanzo giallo - Friedrich Dürrenmatt,Silvano Daniele

In terra elvetica, precisa, pulita e razionale, certezza non v’è, e la ragione barcolla. Una beffa tremenda per la perfettissima Svizzera.


Sembra il classico giallo: scoperto un cadavere, inizia l’indagine e si trova il colpevole.

Dürrenmatt introduce però elementi che scompongono il disegno: caos e caso (e già i due lemmi accostati creano un bel gioco). Matthäi, genio investigativo, ha promesso alla madre dell’ultima piccola vittima di scoprire la verità. Intuendo l’innocenza del presunto assassino, inascoltato dai colleghi, si mette a indagare da solo. Ha studiato e dato forma a ciò che forma non aveva.

Un uomo uccide ferocemente delle bambine. L’ultima ha lasciato un indizio importante: un disegno che raffigura il gigante dei porcospini. Per Matthäi diventa un’ossessione, e nel folle tentativo di intrappolare l’ignoto killer, usa un’esca, inconsapevole d’esser tale.

Gli ex colleghi, convintisi delle intuizioni di Matthäi, lo appoggiano. Ma 

La nostra ragione rischiara il mondo non più dello stretto necessario. Nel bagliore incerto che regna ai suoi confini si insedia tutto ciò che è paradossale.”

Dunque l’ordine non è di questa terra e l’etica capitola di fronte al fine da raggiungere?


Un accadimento banalissimo sovvertirà la logica, a dimostrazione che casualità e caos possono spezzare l’esile filo che lega la realtà all’intelletto.

È la sconfitta del raziocinio.


Chissà, se solo avessero aperto un giornale. Ma sarebbe stata un’altra storia.


P.S. Noto (con consueto sobbalzo): “L’individuo era pregiudicato. Reato sessuale ai danni di una quattordicenne.”


“Non era stato condannato una volta per un reato sessuale?” “C’era stato qualcosa con una quindicenne.”

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text 2018-03-01 12:00
March 2018 TBR
Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods & Goddesses - Edain McCoy
Read Aloud Celtic Myths And Legends - Joan C. Verniero
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood

My reading has opened up since the end of COYER Winter Switch is almost here. I am glad I went with print books for the final phase; somehow the list didn't work for me this time. This month I am focusing on my Great War reading list and all things Irish/Celtic. Finally, buddy read with Whiskey on A Wrinkle in Time before seeing the movie!


March TBR

1. Celtic Myth and Magick: Harnessing the Power of the Gods and Goddesses by Edain McCoy


2. Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends by Joan C. Verniero (read along with the kids)


3. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood


4. Forgotten Voices from the Great War by Max Arthur


5. The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan


6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle


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text 2018-02-28 12:00
February 2018 Reading Wrap Up
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land - Monica Hesse
AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How It Hurts Our Country - Kathy Roth-Douquet,Frank Schaeffer
The Great Silence - Juliet Nicolson
Dark in Death - J.D. Robb


BL/GR: 17/52 (32%)

PS Reading Challenge: 11/50 (22%)

COYER Winter Switch, Phase 3: 4 books


Read and Reviewed

1. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - 4 stars

2. AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service - and How It Hurts Our Country by Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer - 3.5 stars

3. The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson - 4 stars

4. Dark in Death (In Death #46) by JD Robb - 4 stars



5. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson


Set Aside for a Future Reading

6. Gambled Away anthology by Various Authors

7. A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev


Currently Reading

8. Women Heroes of the World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

9. Forgotten Voices from the Great War by Max Arthur


Hours Volunteered at the Library

January: 13 hours, 5 minutes

February: 12 hours, 55 minutes

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review 2018-02-25 16:57
The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson
The Great Silence - Juliet Nicolson

My Great War reading list got off to a decent start with this book. Nicolson is the grand-daughter of Harold Nicolson, a British representative at the Treaty of Versailles negotiations. She has written about the Edwardian period before, so she is well versed in this era of British history. She takes the decidedly social history angle to the war, in particular how the British (and to some extent the French and Americans) dealt with the massive numbers of the dead and injured and the grief that just wouldn't go away.


The book is broken down into three sections, with each section starting with the Armistice of 1918 or its two anniversaries. Although the author is from the upper classes of British society, she took great pains to bring people into the history of this grieving period from all the socio-economic classes (although not from any racial or religious minority groups). All people mentioned had a connection with the war in some way, from the young Pam Parrish at 3 years old and now fatherless to King George. The social and economic unrest and how the joyous pictures of Armistice Day we have in our heads often have a ugly, hollow underbelly. With the end of the war, the emotional labor had to really begin and I really liked Nicolson's writing and the concepts she talked about. I didn't know much about King George and in this book I was able to get a much better picture of him as both a person and monarch (his son Prince David also got quite the profile in this book as a "other side of the coin" to his father - and this was all pre-Wallace Simpson).


However, there was one chapter that didn't need to be written or put into this book; it was titled "Hope" and was about the extramarital affairs of bored upper crust ladies who didn't get enough attention from their husbands - no one or idea had any connection to the war or its aftermath, so it didn't need to be in here. If you read the book, skip this chapter completely.  


One striking piece of historical trivia that I should have known but never figured on was the feelings King George had toward his cousins during and after the war (yep, it never dawned on me that WWI was one big old family feud, as the Kaiser, King George, and Tsar Nicholas all had the same grandma - Queen Victoria). George grieved over his Russian cousin's death at the hands of the Bolsheviks and he hated the Kaiser, especially when the Kaiser abdicated the throne after the war. He blamed the Kaiser for the war and for taking Nicholas' focus off domestic unrest that resulted in the Russian Revolution.


Overall, I really enjoyed the book that takes a long look at the aftermath of war, death, and grief on both an individual and country level. Recommend (just skip that one chapter)!

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text 2017-12-31 13:29
Goals for 2018

I'm definitely pulling back on challenges and goals this year, as I want to focus


1. BookLikes/GoodReads challenge: 52 books

    Even though I went over my challenge numbers for the last two years, I am pulling back because I feel like I am under pressure to finish every book I start so I can make the goal. One book a week feels doable and I will take more chances on longer works. Probably will be updated higher after the summer edition of COYER.  


2. The Great War: 100 Years Later Reading List

     I made a non-fiction reading list to immerse myself in World War I in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in November 2018. I am not aiming to read all these books, but want to get to get to as many as possible, at least 25%. If you scroll down to the comments, Mark K makes some excellent suggestions to add to the list (one of which I already added to the main list).


3. 3x Bout of Books, 2x COYERs, and 2x 24 in 48 Read-a-thons

   These were relaxed challenges that I've enjoyed in the past and felt really productive in my reading afterward. Dewey is too intense and I have a hard time trying to fit social media participation with reading, so I am bypassing those for 2018. The Pop Sugar challenge included too many prompts that I had to force myself to read. I am planning on participating in whatever game/challenge is going on here at BL, because I just can't quite you guys *XOXOXO*.


COYER Winter Switch: December 16, 2017 - March 9, 2018

Bout of Books Cycle 21: January 8 - 14, 2018

24 in 48 Read-a-thon Winter edition: January 27-28, 2018


I might end up dipping my toes into Broken Tune's women's right to vote project. Why are all the anniversaries of historical good stuff happening at once? It's hard out here for history buffs, lol.









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