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review 2018-08-17 17:42
The Complete Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) - Truman Capote

These stories show a great capacity for capturing time, place and character. Highly evocative. On the whole I think I prefered the Depression era Alabama childhood stories to the more recently set ones, but the one set in a cemetary was great. This volume has made me take a wider interest in Capote's work.

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text 2018-08-16 19:43
Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

Hooray -- and once more, Elizabeth is decades ahead of her time, in not (at least not at heart) joining the local clergyman's and the city population's uproar over the rural custom of "prefacing" a marriage by its consummation ... and the inevitable consequences!

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text 2018-08-16 19:40
Reading progress update: I've read 95 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

Ugh.  Those four-families-to-one-building cottages, with a single room per family, shared kitchens and looking out on a pig sty if you're unlucky ... I'd say humanity has advanced just a bit since Elizabeth's day.

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text 2018-08-16 19:36
Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

More baby talk about the hereafter, occasioned by the "June baby"'s insistence that she doesn't want to go to paradies because there's nothing there for her to play with, which prompts this response by her sisters and her mother:

"'Why, she can play at ball there with all the Sternleins if she likes!'

The idea of the June baby striding across the firmament and hurling the stars about as carelessly as though they wre tennis-balls was so magnificent that it sent shivers of awe through me as I read."

The stars' tennis balls, out of the mouths of babes -- what say you now, Messrs. Shakespeare and Frey?

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text 2018-08-16 19:26
Reading progress update: I've read 89 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

"The Man of Wrath says all women love churchyards.  He is fond of sweeping assertions, and is sometimes curiously feminine in his tendency to infer a general principle from a particular instance."

Hah!

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