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About meIt was the best of lives; it was the worst of lives. But it was the only one I had--tormented teen, ex-priest, atheist, humanitarian, peace activist in N. Ireland and El Salvador,addiction counseler to Inuit in Baker Lake,NWT, Canada,lived in 5 countries, depression, alcoholism, and the dubious distinction of teaching Uhuru Kenyata who is now wanted by The Hague for crimes against humanity.

It will take me time to list all my library. I begrudge the time taken from reading. But I'll get around to it little by little.

I find many fascinating people on LT (and a few non-fascinating ones - don't worry, it's not you: you're delightful).

Born 1944 in Ireland; now living in Bradenton, Florida. Wide interests. Love women; that's why I married one. Can't figure why she divorced such a wonderful dude like me. Must be my Irish accent.

I write both fiction and poetry -- published in poetry (a chapbook)and very many articles. Not yet in fiction but have a Literary Agent interested in one of my novels. Current dominant interest in literary fiction and poetry. Wrote a lot of non-fiction in a past life.

Motto: "Don't just read good books, read only the best".

Read to your children. This poem is by Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954), a U.S. poet mainly remembered these days for this poem (particularly the final couplet) often quoted on Mothers' Day:

The Reading Mother

I had a Mother who read me things
That wholesome life to a child's heart brings –
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh that every Mother were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be.
I had a Mother who read to me.

Private Comments & Messages are welcomed.

About my libraryAbout 3,000, not counting all the free pre-copyright ones on my Kindle. Wide range of subjects. Literature, poetry, philosophy, theology, world religions, science, mathematics, et al.

Groups40-Something Library Thingers, American History, Ancient History, Antiquarian Books, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Best of British, Biblical History, BookMooching, Books on Books, BP oil spillshow all groups

Favorite authorsMarcel Proust (Shared favorites)


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Yeah, I think that is the reason all of my mom's family left Mayo. There's still a farm there. My aunt who lives here owns it. I don't know what they farm now. I think one of the neighbors rents it. You're right about Wexford, they built all these "holiday homes" now they can't sell them. I guess they were expecting all these Germans or something. It makes me laugh because all these German tourists were complaining that the streets weren't properly marked. And I would have to agree with them! They give you directions there like "make a right at the forge". How is any normal person going to know what the forge looks like. I hope you have a great trip! Bring something good to read!
I am a dentist, insert joke. My parents are both from farms but I don't know my mother's family very well because my mom died when I was nine. I have only been to Mayo once when I was ten so I barely remember it. The hills and the stone fences are my best recollection. My father's homeplace I know very well because we were able to visit many times when we were kids and as an adults. My father is from a town called Ballymitty, about six miles from Wexford Town, and Eniscorthy the other way. Is your family still on your farm?
Thanks so much for your interest in my books! Which ones did you buy? I think that my publisher is offering their own ebook version of two of my books (Velvet Totalitarianism and Romanticism and Postromanticism), but I'll also suggest to them kindle versions. Best wishes, Claudia
Welcome to 2011! I keep posting things on your new group but there's no response. I'll be in touch again after the launch next Tuesday. I'm trying to organise a holiday but there's too much going on.
Merry Christmas Adam!
Hi bookmonk
If you are going to make remarks like that the answer is no!( They are old pictures)
Actually, I have been so scared of being flagged that every time I wanted to talk about my books I've disappeared onto Hobnob or Rag and Brag.
I think I had about seventy four thousand words in Lane's End, which is short for a novel, but I insisted on twelve point font as I knew my readership would appreciate it. They did!
That's why it goes to nearly three hundred pages.If I'd used a smaller font it would have been cheaper.
This illustrates how much control a genuine self publisher can have over the production compared with one who is in the hands of a 'partner'I could also choose between types and shades of paper - the first two books are on white, while the final story is on cream.
I'm giving a talk on Wednesday and entering Lane's End into a competition this week.
I probably should have put all this on our new site, but I'll leave it open, anyway.
Cheers, oldstick.
Hi there bookmonk,
Thanks for telling me about paypal but I sell most of my books in person and less than two dozen on computer over a period of three years. I have only just allowed orders on line from the wholesalers and I don't use credit cards for book sales.
I know I'm a dinosaur but it seems to work.If I ever get orders for more than six at a time I might think again.
Thanks for the introduction, and thanks for opening several interesting windows for me ... One, especially, that I regret not knowing about earlier is that of the group reading of Proust. "Remembrance ..." I read with avid attention and wonder, while I was at Fort Benning, Ga, but I've always wanted to go back and relive the experience: not of Benning of course, but of Proust. Several years ago I found a 1934 copy of Volume One of Moncrieff's translation, but I've never been able to come across Volume II in either a new or used bookstore. Now the Lydia Davis translation has me salivating, but so far it seems to have been only a partial job.

I've looked through your collection and find that we do share many interests. However, I'd love to see a listing of your full collection. Something fascinating to contemplate for the future, perhaps. My own collection was cataloged all too quickly, and with too little thought for categories. I've been putting off the job of reorganizing and simplifying the thing all too long. Perhaps this winter?

Briefly visited Bradenton and Lakeland, after leaving Benning. God, it was humid. Seldom like that here in AZ. We usually have the opposite problem.

I'm pleased to meet you.
Hi DanMat,
Perhaps by now you've finished those last 200+ pages. I find that this conclusion is very adept at bringing things full circle. The Narrator and the Protagonist are speaking in one voice, though, to be honest, I was not very conscious of the two "I's" throughout the novel (which seemingly all the commentators and critics speak of). There are a small number of places where the Narrator intervenes and makes a comment something like, "The reader must remember that our hero (Protagonist) was at this stage - - - -", but I found these interventions rather gratuitous. I did find most of his digressions - his flights into speculation and analysis of ideas, themes, etc, - quite interesting but wondered whether he could have extracted them and published them as essays instead. On the other hand, they include so much internal (and external) dialogue of the characters that made them integrated into the developing story.
I never heard of "metafiction" until quite recently even though I've read several novels of that nature. ISOLT must be the greatest one. I remember reading Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughter House 5" which is so funny and satirical; this was a great example to me of how a good satirist could deal with one of the most horrific events of modern times and have you laughing as well as feeling the horror of "man's inhumanity to man" simultaneously. I got many smiles reading ISOLT but I can't recall any laugh-out-loud instance. One isn't better than the other, just a matter of style. ISOLT is, of course, also satirical, especially of the vacuousness and phoniness of the caste system in the France of Proust's time and, no doubt, historically also even if the nobility class did produce some great artists and thinkers down through the ages.
I picked this up before the group read started and am about 200 pages from the end. I've enjoyed most of it--but boy, The Fugitive was tedious! As I understand, it was added to the larger work, so I'd like to think Proust would have refined the material had he the chance. My initial conception of the work is much different than what I encountered. Usually, when I finish a book that has been on my list of things to read, I'll try to remember what my initial thoughts were about the book. Without taking the iconic Swann's Way into consideration, which I read as a stand alone a few years back, I really enjoyed Oriane and her husband. I thought Charlus was a more sympathetic, sometimes pathetic character who should have been given a few more opportunities to be wicked and deviant. His clash with Verdurin didn't seem like it should have lead to a downfall, he should have been given something more grandiosie (although, I'm trying to picture something to that effect and becoming more reconciled to the slightly dull and wretched manner he becomes eclipsed). The set pieces didn't seem as populated (or grand) as other works I've read, particularly the token 19th century ones. I thought the hypocrisy he articulated, especially things like the Dreyfus affair, were fantastic and very immediate. His characters' dialogue was nicely offset by the discursive, nebulous first-person analysis. There were times I felt he should have stuck with a bit more of this tit-for-tat synocapation, as it was quite effective. I know quite a bit about art and have been to Paris, so the allusions to artists, styles, architecture, etc. was also pleasing. It's a shame there's no annotated version (seems to be no shortage of "guides" however)--the notes section of the grey&black/Kilmartin edition were so pitifully thin! I'm a research librarian however, so I enjoyed doing a little literary sleuthing of my own.

What brings you to the States?
Hi Gerry,

Proust has been amazing to read - especially, for me, Combray, which is perhaps the best I've ever read. I'm working through it slowly, about 20 pages on average - or at least that's my plan. If you're interested we are doing a group read - but it's become a very quiet group read.

Group for group read:
Threads: - general group read thread - quotes - music

Hi :)

Thanks for noticing the Ireland books. Much of the nonfiction belongs to my partner, who was very happy to read your comment. For several semesters we've taught a 20th-century Irish history & lit class together so our library gets filled up in that subject.

I enjoy reading your comments & look forward to reading more & to seeing what books you post -- Susan

The group read of "The Histories" is the August-September "tome" group read of Le Salon. When 'Rique was asking for suggestions for this year talk turned to a possible non-fiction, and many people thought this was a good choice. So I agreed to lead it. Here is a link to the "Pre" histories thread that I started.

I have more to post, but I have not carved out sufficient blocks of time to get it done. I am going to have to get more disciplined about this!

Thanks for that link. I think I had seen that web site before, but never bookmarked it. It looks like good additional information.

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Thanks so much for marking my library interesting! I always look forward to reading your posts in the forums.
Hi Bookmonk,

Thank you for adding me. We already met in some threads, I enjoy reading your posts!
Yes indeed, we share exceptionally exquisite taste in literachuh, don't we? And thank you for stopping by and for your kind words too.

Time? Well, it's a hobby and obsession, and I stay up late once the rest in the house are snoozing.

Btw, Lisa, below (forgive me, I eavesdropped!) is awesome for agreeing to lead the Herodotus read. She's too humble, I'd say, based on the fabulous pre-Histories thread of research and info she's already provided.

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I think as you add more books of substance our books in common might not be as great a percentage as it is now :-). My library has a lot of mysteries and historical fiction in it.

I am enjoying your contributions in Le Salon. I have little time to post anywhere, but keep up there as best I can because the people (especially in the nature thread) are great.

If you have any interest, we are going to read Herodotus in August. I managed to agree to lead that group read, which is pretty funny since I have absolutely no background or education that would qualify me to do so. I am just a frustrated history major, I guess.

Hi Gerry--Thanks for making mine an interesting library--I'm flattered. I'll be checking your library out as you add more books.

I see Proust is your favorite author. Does that mean you've read him more than once? I'm still a novice as far as Proust is concerned, and I know a lot of what I read probably goes over my head.

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