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Member: DameMuriel

CollectionsYour library (804), Wishlist (47), Currently reading (8), To read (23), All collections (804)

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Tagschildren's books (75), biography (55), domestic fiction (42), wishlist (39), mysteries (35), Muriels (33), Sylvia (31), poetry (25), short stories (24), Virago (24) — see all tags

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About meI'll pretty much read anything unless it contains scenes of violence towards animals or was written by Nicholas Sparks.

About my library"For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm."

-Vladimir Nabokov

Groups20th Century British Realism, 50 Book Challenge, Awful Lit., British & Irish Crime Fiction, BritWit, Charity Shop Swap - UK, Children's Literature, Graham Greene, King's Dear Constant Readers, Loitering with Intentshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Anita Brookner, Lewis Carroll, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Barbara Comyns, Jennifer Dawson, J. P. Donleavy, Isobel English, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Penelope Fitzgerald, Janet Frame, Stella Gibbons, Graham Greene, Olivia Manning, Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath, Barbara Pym, Saki, Muriel Spark, Dorothea Tanning, Elizabeth Taylor, Kurt Vonnegut, Evelyn Waugh, E. B. White, Laura Ingalls Wilder (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresThomas Savage Bookseller

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Real nameMuriel

LocationBaton Rouge, LA

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Member sinceApr 4, 2007

Currently readingBetween Lives: An Artist and Her World by Dorothea Tanning
Mood Indigo by Charlotte Vale Allen
Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
The Echoing Grove by Rosamond Lehmann
Sisters by a River (Virago Modern Classics) by Barbara Comyns
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Hey, DameMuriel - I've just been reading your reviews and laughing a lot. I think you feel the same way I do about Anita Brookner.

We share quite a few books, it seems, and you're a bit of a Stella Gibbons fan to boot. I've just added 'Bassett' and 'Starlight' to my Gibbons stash and am very envious of your copy of 'The Wolves were in the Sledge'. One of these days I'll track them all down.

Cheers from a cold, rainy, still-locked-in-the-grip-of-winter UK.

I am so pleased you finally received your books! I was afraid they were floating in the Atlantic. I hope you enjoy them, and please give me a heads up if/when you read them :)
Hi, Muriel! Thank you so very much for the fabulous SantaThing gifts! You chose perfectly for me! I can't believe I haven't read either of them before, but am very much looking forward to doing so now. I do adore Muriel Spark, and the Olivia Manning looks like something I will treasure forever.

Although I live in England, I did spend my high school years in Louisiana, coincidentally. I was in Shreveport. Small world!

I've been having a look at your reviews here on LT and I absolutely love them. Especially the short, sweet and funny ones.

Again, thanks a million for the wonderful books.

Helen xxx
Hello! I have enjoyed reading your review of Barbara Comyns' "The Juniper Tree". I too love this book and think that you have picked up a really important point about magical realism - basically Barbara Comyns is actually a part of the magical realism tradition but this is not recognised or discussed. I have an interesting article on just this theme written by a couple of english academics - I will email it to you as it is just on the same lines as your comment. Carry on reading! I don't know how I am ever going to load all of my books onto Library Thing. Kind wishes, Hannah
I love your reviews. Question: If I want to read Ivy Compton-Burnett, which book should I start with? There's a book blog read going on for Master and Maidservant but I hear that's not her best book.
I tried House and it's Head about 5+ years ago and it was difficult getting past the first pages. I think I'm ready to give ICB another try but want to do it with the right book.

Astrid (Tuppy)

Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, but I thought you might be interested in my new novel, Dirty Little Angels, since it's set in New Orleans (I'm actually from New Orleans, though I teach at LSU in BR). Here's a brief summary:

Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

Here's a link to the first chapter in case you're interested:

Hello all "LG" members! To try to spur us all on to do a bit more on our LG site, I thought I'd write each of you a note.
I have a renewed interest in LG due to the horrid (13degrees) weather here. I was bored & perused my lost generation books where I came upon "Found Meals of the Lost Generation", by Suzanne Rodriguez-Hunter. When I purchased the book, I must admit I looked at the recipes & ignored the accompanying text. In reading it through, I am finding it a delight. Neat little thumbnail sketches of the time with recipes for foods they served/may have served in Paris. The book is dotted with post-its & my Amazon cart has some new things to read, e.g., "Nightwood" by Djuna Barnes.
Am looking forward to some news from our members as to what new relevant books you've read or really, anything to do with the time. Thanks, Judie
Your reviews are such sweet little packets. I'm thinking of putting them in my coffee.
Loads of thanks from your Secret Santa gift recipient! Have finished and really enjoyed both. Particularly pleased with the Elizabeth Taylor - had read Wreath of Roses years ago and then sort of forgotten about her, so am looking forward to reading other ETs in the future!

thanks again for the great choices and have a great 2009!

You have a very interesting library! We have 26 books in common. I also love British authors and women writers. I hope I can drop by once in a while to se if I can find my next read.

Thanks for the note. I'll put it on my list to investigate. I know Home Base is big, and I'd like to work with it. In general, my experience is that bookstore systems are miserable junk, and very hard to work with.

Thanks for the note.

Hello Muriel,
I see you are the only person on LT who owns a copy of Rhododendron Pie by Margery Sharp. Lucky you! It is on my wish list, and it seems to be a very difficult title to come across.
Happy reading and happy hunting for Viragos!!
Paola :-))
I see that you have a copy of "Everything Smelt of Kippers". Is it as funny as the title implies?
Thanks for assuaging my curiosity,
Ahh, bookstores. My one downfall. The chains (Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million) are obviously the biggest draw in town but there are two used bookstores that I frequent. Alexander Books is the best of the two, less on the crappy romances and more literary minded than most. Then there's The Book Rack which is good in terms of children's and more popular fiction. The public library is also quite good, anything they don't have they can interlibrary loan for you and I find that I usually get copies of whatever I have requested within a week. There are also the two college bookstores (University Bookstore and Follett's) but those, for the most part, focus simply on college texts aside from the usual best sellers. Hope this helps!
Your reviews are stupendous.
That's fascinating about Jennifer Dawson- never realised she had written so much. Must look into those other ones, and add them to my list of 5 million other books to read. (slight exaggeration only)

Thanks for educating me!


Thanks for your friend invitation! We share several interesting books, including those by Barbara Pym, Ivy Compton-Burnett and Ursula Parrott! See you in the Persephone and Virago groups!
Hello Dame Muriel,

Thank you for your invitation to be your friend. Looking through our shared books, I noticed The Ha-Ha by Jennifer Dawson- it's been a while since I read that one. Not a novel you hear much about, but an interesting one. What did you think of it?


I'm trying to join Loitering With Intent, although I haven't shown up as a member for some reason. And I wrote a New Topic remark (about The Comforters) as well, which I'm not sure why it's not appearing, either...maybe LT is too busy right now, a Sunday evening.
Hi DameMuriel,

Thanks for inviting me to the group. Look forward to joining in to discussions.

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