Monday, 13 December 2010

Day Thirteen

I have been reading:

Bilgewater - I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted yet keenly told story of the eccentric goings on in the life of Marigold Green, daughter of a housemaster in an all boys school. Amusing, entertaining and at times quite moving.

The Lovely Bones - I found this an interesting story, especially the observations of the breakdown in relationships between the members of the murdered girl's family. Yet it never really pulled me in and made believe it was in any way credible. Certainly by the end I felt it had lost me completely (and I didn't like the film at all)

and currently - The Diary of a Provincial Lady - This has sat on my booksheves for years and I have only just got around to reading it. It is brilliant and makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis with witty little quips and astute observations. It is so very English with its dry humour as it recounts the daily life in a Devonshire village between the wars. Despite being written 80 years ago, it is as up to date and modern as any contemporary novel. This morning's laugh out loud moment:
Pamela declares...that nothing in the world matters except Love. Stifle strong inclination to reply that banking account, sound teeth and adequate servants matter a great deal more...

14 comments:

  1. Reading is a lovely pastime at this time of year with it being so cold outside. Thanks for your recommendations - I'll be on the lookout for a copy of The Diary of a Provincial Lady.

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  2. That quote made me laugh out loud!

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  3. I like the idea of 'adequate servants' especially at this time of year!!
    Vivienne x

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  4. Diary of a Provincial Lady is one of my all-time favorite books! Have been thinking about searching out the sequels... K x

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  5. I suppose I might be able to muddle through without the adequate servants, but only in a pinch! ;)

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  6. Adequate servants?! I wouldn't mind an inadequate one! I tend to read in spasms and have books on the go for months and then a break. I am in a break at present but there are 5 or 6 waiting their turn.

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  7. I didn't think much of Lovely Bones either........... Like the look of The Diary Of A Provincial Lady though........

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  8. Just a thimbleful....

    Oh, what would we do without books! And I really don't think a Kindle will fit the bill - unless I go off on a gap year.....

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  9. PL is one of my heroines, particularly because I have similar success with bulbs. And I think we all know a Lady B, even if she isn't titled! Haven't read her for a while - thanks for the reminder!

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  10. Hated Lovely Bones - felt really manipulated emotionally.
    PL is brilliant - I've got a lovely 1932 copy and it surely does make you laugh out loud!

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  11. i just love that quote - set me up for the day!!!!

    xxx

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  12. Oh for an adequate servant, or even an inadequate one...

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  13. i read the lovely bones a couple of years ago, and recalled that I enjoyed it. I recently watched the film and was hugely disappointed also.
    It's so disappointing when films and books can be so different isn't it.

    Oh, and I've just spotted your clemantine curd too - what a lovely idea!

    Monda
    x

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