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One 100 Years of Solitude, 1,000 months of life, 100 days of freedom

I read so much that sometimes I’m guilty of speed-reading, and thereby missing some quite important elements in a novel. This is especially true of Book Club choices, and I confess that sometimes I make a judgement that I don’t really want to read whatever the book is, so whizz through it. 571 more words


to-do list undone


My first disappointment today: the siding I was to paint for the Berkeley Springs house – the non-construction kind of thing I can do — had not been delivered. 469 more words


The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

The Country Girls sent shock waves through rural Ireland when it was published in 1960. Across the sea, London was about to enter the Swinging Sixties but in Eire, sex was seldom mentioned openly and especially not when it involved unmarried girls.   432 more words


Ireland and a Wedding in Clonakilty

After a ridiculously small amount of sleep on the overnight flight from Newark to Dublin, it was lovely to catch up with Brigid and Bryn, and drive down to Kinsale with them.   1,148 more words

Edna O'Brien - Ragazze di campagna

Lo ammetto. L’ho comprato perché mi piaceva la copertina e forse era nelle colonne “consigliati” da Feltrinelli, poi mi piaceva il titolo. Pure io sono una ragazza di campagna, eppoi profumava d’Irlanda e non c’è niente che mi dispiaccia in Irlanda. 96 more words

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Linguistic anachronisms

I’ve just read Emma Carroll’s children’s novel The Girl Who Walked on Air, which I am reviewing for the Independent on Sunday. The book is set in Victorian times, and so I was surprised to come across the sentence “I wasn’t exactly flavour of the month”. 236 more words