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About meI have a journalism degree, currently write freelance content online.

My native speaker proficiency in both English & Russian results in some interesting interpreting / translation gigs, and I can boast to having read the Greats in Russian (faves are "The Master and Margarita" & "The Idiot").

My library is large & diverse, and I'm just getting started cataloging it...

About my librarySince I trade books on Bookmooch, I've decided to add RELEASED and KEEPER tags to differentiate between books I NO LONGER HAVE and those I would NEVER GIVE AWAY.

For more info see the KEEPER discussion thread in the Bookmooching Group:

GroupsBook Nudgers, BookMooching, Fans of Russian authors, Language, Le Salon du peuple pour le peuple, Literary Snobs, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Reading Globally

Favorite authorsMaya Angelou, Mikhail Bulgakov, Don DeLillo, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, Frank O'Hara, Salman Rushdie, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)

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Real namePaulina

LocationLake Balboa, CA.

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceNov 5, 2008

Currently readingFlesh and Blood: A Novel by Michael Cunningham
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

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Hey P--I don't think I'll be joining in for the read (too soon somehow, since I just finished the book in May), but I will definitely be checking out the discussion. I am actually a member of that group, and they seem like good folk--looking forward to starting Les Mis at Christmas.

Have an awesome Burning Man! Burn a little piece of him for me.
Hey Paulina--thanks for the comments. You're right, I didn't do justice to that Soviet-era intelligentsia--which functioned in such an unusual, influential way compared to intellectuals in other countries. And what a cool thing for literature to be so central in a national culture--I guess it helps explain why all the Russians I've met have been such voracious readers.
Hi Paulina!

I noticed in your profile that The Master and Margarita is one of your faves. A bunch of us we'll be reading M&M beginning the first weekend in September. I'd be delighted if you'd consider joining us in Le Salon Litteraire de Henri Freeqy IV either now or come Sept.

Best wishes,

Here's the group read link right here in LT:
No offense taken!
I agree with you. I generally read Amazon reviews before buying a book and I haven't had too many spoilers there. Probably helped by the fact that if there were any spoilers I'll have forgotten them by the time I read the book :)
I think there should be a flag to warn of spoilers, along the line of the abuse flage currently in use. Or a method of blacking out the text which can then be read by clicking on it, as I've seen in some on line chat sites.
Thanks for the friend invite, don't know why I hadn't already invited you???

Yes, your perception of Dubai is pretty accurate, though I hadn't heard the median age was 27.
We were 28 when we first came and everyone seemed to have young families like us so it was great.
Now we're older we are finding a LOT of our friends are leaving and the recession is speeding that process. It's getting harder to find new people our age and while I'm happy to mix with younger folk, I do wonder if they find us a bit doddery!!! Not that we're close to retirement age yet, but relatively speaking!

Yes there are a lot Russians here - were you born in Russia? How long have you been in US?
Unfortunately they have a reputation for being prostitues, though a good friend has a (younger!) Russian wife and she is lovely.

Hmm, anywhere in the world? I think I'd choose Yemen though it's got a bad reputation and I don't think hubby would go there - a friend and I have discussed it though.......
She's even prepared to dye her hair black :)

Yes, the Arab members of the BG did read Palace Walk in Arabic and said the translation was pretty accurate, that's how their literature is written. They did enjoy it. Apparently there was an Arabic film version and it was serialised on Egyptian TV. I'd like to see a translated version of that.

I hope none of my reviews are guilty of spoilers, I am aware of that when I write and they are pretty thin plot-wise, I concentrate more on how I felt about the book, the plot bit is really just an aide-memoir for me.

Thanks for the Mooches, happy to wait for them all to arrive so you can save on postage.
Feel free to put up the books you have already for me to Mooch so you can get the points now.

Reading Dead of Summer and enjoying it. Camilla Way also wrote Little Bird, which was great. Now I need her to write a bit faster, she's brilliant!! (You needed more books on your WL!!!!)
No, I'm ashamed to say I don't speak Arabic and have never tried to learn. Everyone speaks English so it's too easy to be lazy!
There has been some talk in the papers recently about how little the expats mix with the locals. Someone pointed out that there are so few locals (10%) that they are hard to find! Which is true really, we just never cross paths.
I have been to a book group with Arab members and that was interesting but it clashes with my singing night. On the occasion that I went we discussed Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz and it was fascinating.

Our youngest son finishes school this year and will be leaving here for UK to study - meanwhile the older 3 have returned / are returning here for one reason or another - plus a g/f in tow so out house is pretty full these days. 6 months ago hubby and I were discussing how quiet it would be when youngest leaves........!
Yes, they are much better at mixing with the locals. One of their frinds in the son of a Sharjah Sheikh. A fascinating a, very bright lad who studied Political Science in UK.

We have our 30th Anniv this year!!! for our 25th we went to Venice and promised ourselves that we wouldn't wait til our 30th to do something similar. Hmmmm!
Hey Paulina - thanks for the encouraging words:) Except for this adult onset acne thing . . . . I'll stay away from greasy friend foods.
Thanks for the Mooches, that's great. My WL looks better already :)
I just wish I could get rid of the foreign language books on it - I'm after a few Henning Mankells and there are loads of copies available in Sweedish.

The Arab ladies do buy loads of designer stuff, they show it off in female circles and parties just like we do at mixed gatherings. Gold and jewelery too. I'm sure you had their green eyes flashing at your travel wear :)

Have never been to India but I have just come back from Hong Kong / China where I tagged along on a business trip of my husband's. We were staying in the HK Metropark Hotel but it turned out we were in the other one!!! We don't travel much as all holiday time is taken up visiting elderly relatives back in UK. It's a bit of a sore point but what else can we do?????

We came here in 1984 as my husband does interior planting in hotels, palaces, offices, malls etc etc. At the time we had to find it on a map and no-one had heard of if.
Left in 1990 cos of 1st gulf war, returned 1999 and have been here ever since. Struggling a bit atm but should pull through. I think Dubai will be one of the first countries to pull back from this recession. Fingers crossed.
Maenwhile I'll bury my head in books :)
Hi again,
Thanks so much for getting these books for me. Of course keep Monkey Beach to send together, I'm sure I'm not the only one with enough books to keep me busy for years!!!

In The Castle of the Fynns: (either copy)

Maybe a Miracle: (either copy)

Lucky Man: (happy to wait for a paperback to turn up)

The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto:

Royal Harlot:

The First Princess of Wales:

The last two only popped up today so they may be already reserved - I wish we had some way of knowing.
I have been on LT's BM thread, though not for a while.
I've found the existing Angel list on BM (Wikkepedia) is very out of date now, there doesn't seem to be a comprehensive list, it's just a matter of finding someone when you happen to be Mooching - or looking in on the LT site, hadn't thought of looking for Angels there.
I've been asked to Angel from here twice and both fell completely flat!! :(

Yes, it's an interesting culture here. Fairly liberal as Muslim cultures go.
What amuses me is the black clad ladies who walk round the park for exercise with their abayas and trainers. I also wonder how they recognise each other - I can't remember faces, let alone eyes!!
Where were you heading for when you stopped at Dubai?
If you pass through here again, why not do a stop-off, I'm sure we could keep you busy for a day or two :)

Anyway, thanks for the Mooches, I really appreciate that.
Hi Paulina,
I've just Mooched a book off you!
If you'd like to Angel a few books for me at the same time that'd be great too.
I've got 3 or 4 books teasing me on my Wish List atm.
I think BM Angels are WONDERFUL!!!
Hi Paulina,
Good start - the mooch has been accepted (I sent an extra email as he hadn't been on the site for a while) - and I got an acceptance after that.
Yes...Like you I am an official 'angel network' member - have been from when I joined BM. I have only lately built up any books in my inventory so 'angel' mooching was good for my ratio at the start - but I did it as I love helping people get books they want, especially as Australia is such a long way away! :) At first, very few locals sent overseas as well, as the postal costs here are very high - but there are many more Australian members now, which is just great!
My angel requests seem to come in waves - odd that! And I fret about them more than books for myself! LOL!
Hopefully the book will be sent soon - I'll be in touch...
Hi Paulina
I havnt been on here for a couple of days and I have obviously missed the book.Sorry for that, I would have been very happy to mooch it for you.Just ask anytime and hopefully next time I have better timing.

Cheers, Peter
Hi Paulina,

Mooched for you!
I'm so glad you asked - I'll keep up-dated, he is a newish member so I also have my fingers crossed. :)
Nice to touch base again; and VERY nice to be able to return the favour.

I didn't realise you had a Russian background - half of me is too! I wish I could speak Russian - it was ignored by my parents; par for the course in those days, anything seemingly foreign wasn't good! Thank goodness that has changed.
"A Good Friend is a Gift"
(Helen Steiner Rice)

Among the great and glorious gifts our heavenly Father sends,
Is the gift of understanding that we find in loving friends,
For in this world of trouble that is filled with anxious care,
Everybody needs a friend in whom they're free to share,
The little secret heartaches that lay heavy on their mind,
We seek our true and trusted friend in the knowledge that we'll find,
A heart that's sympathetic and an understanding mind.
PP: Thanks for the thoughtful, succinct reply! Your wounded souls v. self-sufficient individuals thing makes sense to me, and leads me to reevaluate why I prefer Bronte a bit. Maybe it's just that needy people throw the best parties. The nursemaid thing is troubling, because the way I like to imagine future-Jane and -Rochester in my head is, like, visiting her cousins and going out into the community and helping people and having fulfilling lives - maybe BECAUSE they're needy - while Elizabeth and Darcy stay home and eat chips and watch "30 Rock." But perhaps I protest too much.
thanks for stopping by. love your profile pic! happy reading!
Yes. Denise has quite a bit of stuff on her website.

Greetings. Forget about selling your book on ebay. There are over 400 copies of Anna Karenina up for auction. The only ones that have a good chance of selling are the copies bound in leather. You might try bookmooch, but first check and see how many copies are available. Do you know if you have a first edition or a book club edition of the book? Look for a blind stamp on the rear cover. Here's a website to help you identify first editions and first editions and book club editions.
Hi Paulina ('P' names are so much the best)
All your arguments for BM as valid - I know this. But...I'm a horder, and an inveterate re-reader. I'm in good company - CS Lewis (reckoned the best read mand of his generation)siad that a book was of no use to him until he'd read it at least twice! I've read Posession 3-4 times, others more than 10! I love to have them around, knowing I'm in the company of friends. I love to read just a chapter of a book I know well.
I will try, I will. But I fear it's incurable after this long!
Thankyou for your kind comment - I'm still kicking myself for not putting the inscriptions in from the start (lot of catch-up to do)
I love your review of 'Posession', one of my favourite novels. I predict that you will like 'Jonathan Strange', which I note is yet unread. Let me know!
I sort of feel that I ought to be on book mooch - sharing the joy and all that - but I can't bear to part with the books I love, and would feel bad about passing on the ones I don't think much of. Dilemma.
I look forward to seeing the rest of your library as you add it. I still have 1.5 cases of fiction to go, plus crime, poetry, art, history and theology (a big section).
See you around.
Awesome, thanks!
Are bookmoochers really concerned with the condition books are in when they receive them, would you say? I tend to be kind of rough on mine.
BookMooch: VERY EXCITING.I look forward to it changing my life too.

Never read Underworld, but I've always intended to. Maybe when the bad taste from Cosmopolis dissipates.

I'm sort of temporarily not on the 'book these days, but I don't anticipate that being permanent, so please hassle me further if I don't remember to add you by and by!
What did you think of My Name is Red?
I liked your reviews of Possession (which I've been meaning to get to) and 1000 Dessous. And no, no Russian, but the internet is a wonderful resource.
And thanks! Have you considered writing any? It always makes me happy when people like my reviews, and then I feel like I'm missing out by not getting to read theirs.
Очень приятно!
LOL! That is "Beauty mate" with an Australian twang - we have such a terrible accent at times!

Absolutely no problem with the wait - I have watched and waited for this book for quite some time - a little longer is of no import; now that I know it is eventually arriving.

Thank you again - this is actually my first official 'angel' request, so I was very excited, especially after I had thought I had missed it - I would have laughed at my edit on my post too! And now I realise why all my recipients are so enthused. It is a very nice feeling to be able to snag a book you thought was out of your reach.

And if I can return the favour - any time please just ask...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Hmmm... about the Aussie bit - bewdy mate???!!! That is all I can think of - though I rarely use that expression.
In this case, it just may be apt - I am so happy.

I do know it is getting harder and harder to get books sent here - maybe that is why!
OK Paulina, thank you very much.Dont forget if you need me to get something in oz and send it on to you just ask.


Hi Paulina
I saw your offer to angel for Aussies.I have never tried this before as I thought I might be putting someone out.You seem keen so I thought I might ask for help with these

No worries if its a hassle.I would be happy to return the favour anytime.



I believe your book was published by Sisley's in London sometime around 1907. It may have been sold by Slatter & Rose in Oxford.
The Jan-Jun 1907 issues of The Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine for booksellers and publishers, contains the following paragraph:

SISLEY'S LTD the enterprising young London publishing firm have also joined the movement to issue their new fiction at 2s 6d net instead of the orthodox discount of 6s. These new novels at the new price are said to be equal in size quality and style to the regulation six shilling book. Sisley's make a feature of their series classics de luxe The Panel Books in which they are issuing twenty titles in lambskin and rough Persian leather. They are starting a companion series for fiction The Novel Books in purple lambskin and a popular library of classics Sisley Books in cloth at is 25 cents...

What is your ebay user id? MIne is moi_the_bibliomaniac Let me take a look at some of your ebay offerings, and I'll evauluate them and, if necessary, provide you with sources of information to improve your listings. If you have no current offerings, just provide me with information about one or two of your old books. I'll be offline all day tomorrow, so I won't get back to you until Saturday the earliest.
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