Category Archives: Travel

Susan, left behind

Lev Grossman, The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), The Magician’s Land (2014) CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books, 1950-1956) Warning: If you haven’t read The Chronicles of Narnia, some critical plot elements are revealed here. For about an … Continue reading

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The second part of the journey

I’d have posted this earlier, but Amtrak’s Empire Builder doesn’t have wifi! That put a real cramp in my style, I can tell you. How did we live pre-wifi? Obviously, I survived. Much of the trip, including our path through the … Continue reading

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Proust drops in at 44 Scotland Street

Alexander McCall Smith, 44 Scotland Street series (2005 – no end in sight) If you like your soap operas literate, breezy, quirky, and in book form, then the prolific Mr. Smith* has a few options for you. I settled into … Continue reading

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Well, There’s This.

It says a lot about the mindspace I’m in right now, that these train/boat trip films are my idea of binge watching. Thanks, Chef, for posting these links.

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A set of Pyms

Latest books as I work through the 2015 Reading Challenge: Excellent Women, Barbara Pym (1952) and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe (1838) Perhaps these two books shouldn’t be reviewed in the same post, for they have … Continue reading

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Cartographer’s Prize

The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet (2009), Reif Larsen. Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet is 12, the only surviving son of Dr. Clair and Father, brother to Gracie, and a prodigy who maps not just his geographic world (his bedroom, the route to … Continue reading

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Walkabout in Suffolk

W. G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn (1995/1998), tr. Michael Hulse. Is this book fiction or non-fiction? memoir or history? travelogue or invention? random stream-of-consciousness or carefully constructed exploration of ideas? Each time I read it, I struggle to understand Sebald’s … Continue reading

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