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Some Experiences of an Irish (Classic Reprint) by E. Ce. Somerville
5.0 out of 5 stars An Irish Foxhunt, 22 July 2014
Absolutely hilarious. Also, delicious in history of women's literary voice: when first published, reviewers assumed it was written by a man, such inside knowledge of the male protagonist flourished. I am not sure how long it took before the two women wuthors were identified, but they must have had a grand time with everyone's misapprehensions.
The first to be satirized, outsmarted by locals, is the British judge and protagonist, the RM for Royal Magistrate, who arrives in rain, compelled to buy a horse from his savvy landlord who's already overcharging. The house is vast, with unexplored inner reaches--unexplored until various fugitives lodge there.
Without fear of… Read more
Two Years Before the Mast: And Twenty-Four Years A&hellip by Richard Henry Dana
I read part of this in Jr HS, then all of it after I graduated from college; my Shakespeare teacher (38 plays in the full year course) asked me, as he read it, why so much reference to the "lee scuppers." For a beginning sailor like me, an easy answer: those are the drains that fill because of the heel of the boat away from windward.
I recall how Dana records the loss of their first crewman off South America; this, from a small crew, perhaps 15? I should re-read. Then I recall the great joy of their tea and molasses, or after reefing the topsail, some grog (with rum). The weather around Cape Horn was abysmal, with big seas and sleet and snow, but they were on their way to pick… Read more
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
We have aloudread maybe fifty mysteries, and this ranks among the very best...until the last 20 pages. In fact, we feel Christie betrayed her reader at the end. But up until then, it is intricate, well-imagined, with wonderful and witty sibling interplay between the narrator's sister Caroline and himself (Dr Sheppard). Caroline says to a young woman, "Never worry about what you say to a man. They're so conceited that they never believe you mean it if it's unflattering"(ch22). The great house owner is the man in the title, and his servants, friends, and heirs populate the suspects...and coincidentally, the novel. One of his friends is the consummate big game hunter; one of the… Read more