Where are you reading your books?
It was a chilly day at the beach….but a wonderful time to contemplate….how good life is!
Weather on the North Sea is at times…..dazzling!
…but we all know…the sun will come out again!
No island is without a lighthouse!
Tell us about the Australian books you’ve loved and read so far.
Reading list: 2012 – 2017
Most favorite Aussie books: These books made a lasting impression on me
Past Carin’ (1899)
Well, up and down the sidling brown the great black crows are flyin’
And just below the spur I know another milker’s dyin’.
The crops have withered from the ground, the tank’s clay bed is glarin’
Yet from my heart no tear or sound for I have grown past carin’.
Through death and trouble, turn about, through hopeless desolation,
Through flood and fever, fire and drought, through slavery and starvation,
Through childbirth, sickness, hurt and blight, through loneliness and scarin,
From being left alone at night I have grown to be past carin’.
Our first child took in days like these a cruel week in dyin’,
All day upon her father’s knees or on my breast a-lyin’.
The tears we shed, the prayers we said were awful, wild, despairin’
I’ve pulled three through and buried two since then, and I am past carin’.
‘Twas ten years first, then came the worst, all for a barren clearin’,
I thought, I thought my heart would burst when first my man went shearin’.
He’s drovin’ in the great North West; I don’t know how he’s farin’,
And I, the girl who loved him best, have grown to be past carin’.
My eyes are dry, I cannot cry, I have no heart for breakin’,
Where it was in days gone by is empty dull and achin’.
My last boy ran away from me; I know my temper’s wearin’,
But now I only wish to be beyond all signs of carin’.
Past bothering, past carin’, past feeling and despairin’,
And now I only wish to be beyond all signs of carin’.
Least favorite Aussie books: I felt I wasted my reading time.
2. When you think of Australia, what are the first five things that pop into your mind?
4. If you have been or plan to visit, where will you be heading first?
Australian fiction and non-fiction list:
7. Which book/s do you hope to read for #AusReadingMonth?
Hope you enjoyed my thoughts!
14 October 2017
The autumn garden: (De herfsttuin)
100 year old Ida Keeling who started running at 67….and is still running.
Read her story HERE.
82 year old garden architect Penolope Hobhouse
garden writer, designer, historian and lecturer….still works the soil 5-6 hrs a day!
Here is one of her beautiful creations!
Leontine van Moorsel: Olympic athlete (Dutch) and international champion
All these women are proof that age is just a number
Illustration: M. Ulriksen in his book Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly
Waiting by P. Salom – shortlist Miles Franklin Award
Philip Salom is well known as a poet and believes this background helped create the mischievous narrator for his acclaimed novel Waiting.
Waiting revolves around four central figures. Big and Little, two of the world’s marginal people, live in a rooming house in inner Melbourne. Jasmin is from another world. She teaches semiotics at a university. Angus, the landscaper who ost his house in a fire in the Adelaide Hills.
UK Read :
Lincoln in the Brado by G. Saunders – longlist Man Booker Award
Now 58, Saunders has written four short story collections and one full length novel: Lincoln in the Bardo, which explores the short life and death of US President Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie.
Remedy for hangover:
L/R: Hemingway and his wife Mary, Nancy Hawks, Spencer Tracy, George Jessel, unknown.
Picnic #1 – eponymous play by W. Inge ‘Picnic’
Picnic #2 – Sound of Music…. based ‘The Story of The Trapp Family Singers”.
The Gilded Age NY society – That will have to be Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Pulitzer connection: – Angle of Repose
This book surprised me.
Forgotten classic: – The African Queen by C.S. Forester
Existential hero – The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Road trip – Walking the Nile by Levison Wood.
Science fiction: Fahrenheit 451 – R. Bradbury
Science fiction: The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin
Biography: Orwell – M. Shelden
Fiction: 1984 – G. Orwell
Fiction: The Slow Natives – T. Astley
Short Stories: several collections
Crime fiction: several choices
Magazine: The New Yorker
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