Month: August 2020

Reading Robertson Davies: The Cunning Man

Posted August 30, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Reading Robertson Davies: The Cunning Man

Robertson Davies, The Cunning Man (1994) For this year’s Robertson Davies Reading Weekend, I wanted to revisit Davies’s last novel — which, of course, he could not have known to be the last; he had begun to draft a new novel at the time of his death, so it seems he intended to at least […]

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Robertson Davies Reading Weekend

Posted August 28, 2020 by Lory in announcements, events / 10 Comments
Robertson Davies Reading Weekend

“One of the things that puzzles me is that so few people want to look at life as a totality and to recognize that death is no more extraordinary than birth. When they say it’s the end of everything they don’t seem to recognize that we came from somewhere and it would be very, very […]

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Back to the Classics: Le Petit Prince

Posted August 23, 2020 by Lory in challenges, reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: Le Petit Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince (1949) There are, I would argue, two main kinds of “children’s books.” First of all there are the books that address a child’s perspective, which means the point of view of someone who is growing into the physical world and all its possibilities and challenges. These are stories of […]

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Around the World Update

Posted August 19, 2020 by Lory in brief reviews, challenges / 15 Comments
Around the World Update

How’s it going with my Reading All Around the World project? At the beginning of the year, I was really inspired and read more than my goal of one per month. Lately I’ve drifted away from these international reads, but I’d really like to get back to them. Here’s the list so far — in […]

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Can you resist free books?

Posted August 16, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 36 Comments
Can you resist free books?

  When I go to church in a nearby city, there’s a booth by the bus station that is crammed with books — mostly French and German, but quite a few in English, and free for the taking. I usually come home with as many as I can carry, but I haven’t read most of […]

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Get ready for Robertson Davies Reading Weekend

Posted August 9, 2020 by Lory in events / 4 Comments
Get ready for Robertson Davies Reading Weekend

It’s August, the month of Canadian author Robertson Davies’s birth, which means that Robertson Davies Reading Weekend is coming! From Friday to Sunday, August 28 to 30, post about any book or books you read by this magical author, and come back here to let me know about it. You can also use the hashtag […]

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Month in Review: July 2020

Posted August 2, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 15 Comments
Month in Review: July 2020

The weird year that is 2020 continues into its second half. I made some announcements about future plans and my other blog (see below), and launched on my month-long Summer in Other Languages challenge of reading only in French. I only finished three books, but I count that as a win! Thanks to Emma of […]

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