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 Post subject: Re: A good novel, is that too much to ask?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:16 am 
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the only books i remember reading in junior high while we were in midland were call of the wild, the pearl , the red pony, great expectations and david copperfield...i'm sure there were more, but i'm dredging from 45-48 years ago so those were the only ones that stuck

from high school, once again i have no clear remembrance of everything but the ones i do recall are the lord of the flies,the loneliness of the long distance runner, the old man and the sea, the short happy life of francis macomber death of a salesman, our town, hamlet , macbeth, julius caesar, canterbury tales, beowulf, the scarlet letter, a separate peace, silas marner , the gifts of the magi, the lottery, the cask of amontillado. the tell tale heart, the secret life of walter mitty, and the great gatsby



May I say that you have an outstanding memory, and your school reading was staggering, even by my standards.

Jogged my memory, too. We also did MACBETH, JULIUS CAESAR, CANTERBURY,THE SCARLET LETTER, OUR TOWN, SILAS MARNER, and various Poe, O. Henry and Thurber short stories. And other stuff.

I bet I can drag this thread further into the weeds. In the 6th grade, my teacher was also the school librarian. Gave me my first library job. And assigned a couple of reading tasks for her class. One was to read several books on a common theme, and write short synopses and reviews of them. Which we were to put in a folder, with an original cover we would design and execute. I took WWII as my general subject (this was at the beginning of my life-long hobby, re: WWII books and reading). Read a few such books from my father's library, and one or two from my early orders. One I definitely recall was THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO. The cover I made I cut from a couple of contemporary war comics. It was mainly a WWII Sherman medium tank, climbing a small elevation, turret gun elevated and firing. I added extra cut out smoke, then, cut letters from the comic to spell out World War II, positioned as if they were being fired from the gun. Wish I hadn't cut up the comics.

Another book/art assignment from that teacher. Read a book, design a book jacket for it. I read THE THREE MUSKETEERS. The jacket was made from an ivory toned piece of construction paper. On it was the title, in cut out foil letters, across the top. In the lower left corner were three rapiers, crossed in the traditional Musketeer manner, piercing a cut-out hat, of the Musketeer sort, with an added plume, in green foil.

As you can guess, it's a slow day, of inclement weather, around here.

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 Post subject: Re: A good novel, is that too much to ask?
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Bjørnson also wrote the national anthem. :fyi:
I thought Francis Scott Key did. :scratch:

It was actually Tagore. :fyi: :D

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 Post subject: Re: A good novel, is that too much to ask?
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The Master of Hestviken by Sigrid Undset.


I read that one, and "Kristen Lavransdatter" many years ago. Fascinating books!

Sigrid Undset also wrote a wonderful biography of St. Catharine of Siena.


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The Master of Hestviken by Sigrid Undset.


I read that one, and "Kristen Lavransdatter" many years ago. Fascinating books!

Sigrid Undset also wrote a wonderful biography of St. Catharine of Siena.



Yes, I have her biography of Catherine of Siena, well written. Sigrid won a Nobel prize for fiction.

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Yes, I have her biography of Catherine of Siena, well written. Sigrid won a Nobel prize for fiction.


Not for the biography of St. Cetherine, I hope! :shock:

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Yes, I have her biography of Catherine of Siena, well written. Sigrid won a Nobel prize for fiction.


Not for the biography of St. Cetherine, I hope! :shock:


St. Cetherine? :|

She won the Nobel prize in 1928, whereas the biography on St Catherine was written after the war, I think, and published posthumously.

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Where's autocorrect when you frickin' need it? :soap:


It was first published in Norwegian - Caterina av Siena. :mrgreen:

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Where's autocorrect when you frickin' need it? :soap:


It was first published in Norwegian - Caterina av Siena vs a MOOSE :mrgreen:


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Sorry to tell you that there are no moose in Norway.

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Where's autocorrect when you frickin' need it? :soap:


It was first published in Norwegian - Caterina av Siena vs a MØØSE :mrgreen:


FTFY

FTFTFY :fyi: (you also left out the FYI :fyi: )

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Yes, I have her biography of Catherine of Siena, well written. Sigrid won a Nobel prize for fiction.


Not for the biography of St. Cetherine, I hope! :shock:


St. Cetherine? :|

She won the Nobel prize in 1928, whereas the biography on St Catherine was written after the war, I think, and published posthumously.

St. Cetherine won the Nobel Prize?

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Actually Sigrid won the Nobel Prize, but she gave it away to help win the Finnish War when Joseph Stalin tried to conquer Finland.

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Yes, I have her biography of Catherine of Siena, well written. Sigrid won a Nobel prize for fiction.


Not for the biography of St. Cetherine, I hope! :shock:


St. Cetherine? :|

She won the Nobel prize in 1928, whereas the biography on St Catherine was written after the war, I think, and published posthumously.

St. Cetherine won the Nobel Prize?


Amazing author, St. Cetherine! Brilliant, so she is!

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Yes, I have her biography of Catherine of Siena, well written. Sigrid won a Nobel prize for fiction.


Not for the biography of St. Cetherine, I hope! :shock:


St. Cetherine? :|

She won the Nobel prize in 1928, whereas the biography on St Catherine was written after the war, I think, and published posthumously.

St. Cetherine won the Nobel Prize?


Amazing author, St. Cetherine! Brilliant, so she is!


I'm never living this down, am I? :|

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Is now a good time to mention that I get a Mary Chapin Carpenter song stuck in my head every time I see the thread title?

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I am quite proud to say that I don't believe that I have ever heard a Mary Chapin Carpenter song. Am I correct to assume that she is the daughter of the late Harry Chapin of 'Cats in the Cradle' fame?


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Mmmmm...Mary Chapin Carpenter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TCMpA5TfHc (no relation to Harry at all, sorry)

We used to have a recording of a parody of that song done by our favorite radio station when we lived in Greenville, SC. Imagine a little old lady, Mizriz Mauldin, who sounds kinda like Maude Frickert and who'd never in her life ventured outside of Greenville County. She sings a tribute to her husband's favorite dish.

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Isn't it very strange
I married a man who really hates change?
He only wants to eat
The very same bread, and only one meat.
Couldn't we have steer? Couldn't we eat deer?
Why must I always hear
These words: "Possum and biscuits!
"Possum and biscuits!
"Possum and biscuits!" from you.

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I am quite proud to say that I don't believe that I have ever heard a Mary Chapin Carpenter song. Am I correct to assume that she is the daughter of the late Harry Chapin of 'Cats in the Cradle' fame?

You obviously doesn't spend enough time in bars in the 80s and 90s.

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I am quite proud to say that I don't believe that I have ever heard a Mary Chapin Carpenter song. Am I correct to assume that she is the daughter of the late Harry Chapin of 'Cats in the Cradle' fame?

You obviously doesn't spend enough time in bars in the 80s and 90s.

He didn't spend enough time there, either. :mrgreen:

As for me, my "go-to" karoke song is "I Feel Lucky"

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