Books

One Fine Day by Molly Panter-Downes

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I finally finished One Fine Day. It really shouldn’t have taken me this long but life (and other books) got in the way. It seemed to drag on a bit and only half way through did I realize that the book was just that, “one day” I  get impatient with books that take place in just one day. (I really dislike the movie Casablanca for this reason, heh. ) But it was well written and a thoughtful book. It takes place in strange times, right after WWII, when all the families are adjusting to peace and the middle class struggles with their lowered standard of living. The introduction in my Virago modern classics edition was good, I enjoyed it more than the book itself.

 

What I’m reading now:

Birth Order Book 

Nurture Shock 

The Calls of Fatima 

 

What are you reading? What have you finished recently? Recommendations?

 

 

What I’m Reading

The Lost Traveller by [White, Antonia]

The Lost Traveller by Antonia White. This is the second book of a four part series. Apparently Evelyn Waugh admired her writings which is why I started reading them.

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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin  reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ “Til We have Faces” Pagan with flashes of the beatific.

One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes. An interesting read so far. It takes place in England after the second world war and explores  how the war effected the middle class. Housewives became more isolated, help was harder to find and families had to manage without ‘those anonymous caps and aprons who lived out of sight and pulled the strings’.

 

I’m always looking for a good book. What are you reading?

 

P.S.  I’d like to write full reviews once I’ve finished reading them . . .

 

 

 

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Knowledge and Beauty now

Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure the search would never have begun … Life has never been normal …Plausible reasons have never been lacking for putting off all merely cultural activities until some imminent danger has been averted or some crying injustice put right. But humanity long ago chose to neglect those plausible reasons. They wanted knowledge and beauty now, and would not wait for the suitable moment that never come. Periclean Athens leaves us not only the Parthenon but, significantly, the Funeral Oration …. Men … propound mathematical theorems in beleaguered cities, conduct metaphysical arguments in condemned cells, make jokes on scaffolds, discuss the last new poem while advancing to the walls of Quebec, and comb their hair at Thermopylae. This is not panache; it is our nature

Learning in War Time C.S. Lewis

Another Book

This book has been on my reading list for awhile. I finally checked it out at the library and was not disappointed.  Unaccountable is a book written by a practicing Surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital. It’s an incredible read. It offers simple solutions to significantly improving healthcare and cutting costs. A great Manifesto. All healthcare workers and patients should read it!

 

What I’m Reading:

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In Death of the Grown-up  Diana West explores the decline of Western civilization, the disappearance of adults, the rise of political correctness, Islamic terrorism and multiculturalism. It has been at once a depressing and inspiring read . . .

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Alice Thomas Ellis was a fascinating woman, a talented catholic novelist, and an anti-feminist. When she was nineteen she became a postulation but had to leave the order due to health problems. She later married Colin Haycraft. They were happily married and had seven children. Her book,  The Serpent on the Rock   is a non-fiction work  which examines the changes within the church after Vatican II. It has been described as irreverent, spicey, passionate – combative.  Well,  it is certainly fast-paced, witty and straight-forward. Ellis does not mince her words. I enjoyed her candor and humor although I could see many Catholics taking offence at her tone. As one book review stated, You won’t find this one at your local Catholic bookstore! 

 

Books Read & Reading List

It has been a good reading year, half way through and twenty-nine books read. Many of the books I’ve read have been influential: The Gulag, The Lost art of Dress, The War of Art and Jane Keyon’s poetry have all changed my habits,  routine, writing and prayer life for the better.

I am currently reading: Antonia White’s Frost in May, (So Good!) Bridget Whipple’s High wages, Daphne Du Maurier’s The Flight of the Falcon,  Selected poems of Jorge Luis Borges and for Spiritual reading St. Mary Agreda’s  Mystical City of God. I usually read five or more books at a time which seems normal to me until I sit down and actually list them.

I’m always looking for books to add to my reading list. What are you reading? What’s on your to read list? The best book you’ve read this year?