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About meEverywhere I go, I go too
and spoil everything.
W.H. Auden

GroupsAnglophiles, Barbara Pym, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Book Care and Repair, Books on Books, Cats, books, life is good., Edgar A. Poe, Edward Gorey, Eureka! findsshow all groups

Favorite authorsAnna Akhmatova, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Isaac Babel, Beryl Bainbridge, William Blake, Harold Bloom, James Boswell, Elizabeth Bowen, Jane Bowles, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Anita Brookner, Italo Calvino, Catullus, Anton Chekhov, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Colette, Barbara Comyns, Lucy Cousins, Emily Dickinson, Marguerite Duras, John Fante, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, E. M. Forster, John Fowles, Helen Garner, André Gide, Rumer Godden, Knut Hamsun, William Hazlitt, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christopher Isherwood, Henry James, Tove Jansson, Samuel Johnson, Jennifer Johnston, Franz Kafka, Molly Keane, John Keats, Anita Loos, Janet Malcolm, Katherine Mansfield, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Penelope Mortimer, Edna O'Brien, Flannery O'Connor, Michael Ondaatje, Grace Paley, Dorothy Parker, Edgar Allan Poe, Marcel Proust, Barbara Pym, Jean Rhys, Arthur Rimbaud, Theodore Roethke, Christina Rossetti, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Bernice Rubens, Françoise Sagan, Stevie Smith, Muriel Spark, Jean Stafford, Robert Louis Stevenson, Elizabeth Taylor, Marina Tsvetaeva, Denton Welch, Fay Weldon, Eudora Welty, Nathanael West, Edith Wharton, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)

LocationMelbourne, Australia

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Member sinceDec 6, 2008

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Hi there. Thanks for the welcome! I'm enjoying being on librarything very much. I'm a librarian myself and live out in Blackburn. Its great to chat to people who love many of the same books as me!
Nice Bukowski collection :D
Sorry for the late reply! Thanks for your lovely comments about the Virgo Remembrance Thread - I do so enjoy researching and posting it! The downside is my growing shelves of TBRs. Are you on Facebook? Laura (lindsacl) started a VMCReaders group there and it's been fun. I've been posting more author photos (with plans for other albums) and many bloggers (and members of the VMC group ) are posting their reviews, etc. Do stop over and look around!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Hello! I really like your library, so many different books! Any recommendations? Bye!
Thanks for the accept and the suggestion; I will certainly have to join the Virago group. I enjoyed looking at your library and I'm sure I'll get some good titles to read thanks to you. : )
No - but now I will. Especially since it has both Sally Hawkins and Judi Dench... The Timothy Dalton version is my favourite film version so far, for some reason.

I see you have A Portrait of a Marriage - did you enjoy the mini-series? I loved it, but never thought to seek out the book. Will have to check it out one of these days.
Glad you like it! The painting is "Vilma Reading on a Sofa" by T.F. Simon.
Good morning errata! :) .. Yes , I am totally esconced in Bloomsbury-ness and surrounds. Fasinating folk to say the least
Well, I am certain the Makioka Sisters is worth $3! I have a rationale for everything: a book is on my currently reading list if I originally put it on my TBR list and am now at least half-way through. Once I finish reading it, I delete the book from Library Thing. (However, now that we are at the beginning of a new year, I may make a list of everything I read in 2011.)
In any case, The Makioka Sisters has been on my currently reading list for many months and that probably sums up how I feel about the book. It is interesting for its insights into another culture, time and place, but not so terribly interesting otherwise. Let me know what you think.

A book I saw on your profile that I have been longing to read is the Linda Lear bio of Beatrix Potter. I read her bio of Rachel Carson about four years ago and it was engrossing! Carson was a government bureaucrat who never had a love affair, never traveled to exotic places, lived with her mother and her cats and wrote nonfiction in her spare time. How can that make an interesting life? I remember waking every morning, reaching for the book with my morning coffee, totally thrilled and absorbed.


I should warn you that I don't actually read the books I post on LibraryThing! LOL! Well, very few of them, anyway. I am always reading, but I use LT to keep track of what I want to read (or think I may want to read) so I won't lose track. So, while thank you for inviting me, I don't think I will join the Virago group because I won't be able to keep up!

I was curious, though, who is the woman in the photograph on your profile page?


Thank you so much for a wonderful gift! The Life and Death of Harriet Frean arrived safely today - I am so looking forward to reading it.

Warmest wishes
Sleepless Nights arrived in the midst of a snowstorm! What a lovely copy. Thank you. Are you in any danger from the flooding?

Thank you for the suggestion! I recently bought a copy online, and I think I'll get to that next...
Hi. Thanks for noticing my library. I think the dozen or so authors we share would make for a cantankerous writers colony - acerbic, alcoholic, and given to wild parties and enduring grudges. You would be an interesting neighbor. Too bad we don't share a fence.

I notice one of your books is The Letters of Fanny Brawne to Fanny Keats. Have you read it recently? I just watched Jane Campion's film Bright Star a week ago thru Netflix. Abbie Cornish was excellent in the role of Fanny Brawne. A sweet, sad, and beautiful film.

You might like Barbara Comyns Carr, being an Anglophile.

Regarding Constance Garnett. She is my hero. Constance is the ONLY translator of 19th century Russian literature, who actually lived at the same time as Chekhov, Tolstoy and several others. Constance in fact dedicated her entire life to translation of Russian literature after meeting Tolstoy during her visit to Russia. There is some criticism of Constance’s work, which relates mainly to pieces by Dostoevskiy (which I have to say is very complex in Russian and for Russian speakers too). But when it comes to her translation of Chekhov, I can tell you as a Russian speaker that there is no better translation than these made by Constance. Her talent shines really bright here. She is able to translate not just the words, but also the very spirit of what Chekhov is trying to say, the atmosphere, the idiomatic wit. Constance does it really well. Many modern translators often admit that they have to go back to Constance for inspiration and to resolve difficulties. So if you are after the most genuine, most authentic Chekhov version, Constance Garnett is definitely a good choice.

I also saw a very exciting modern translation by a young American writer. His version is very likable and has some additional element of positivity so typical for American culture. This might be viewed by some as synthetic layer not present in Chekhov’s own original. This may well be true, but perhaps this American writer is able to reach certain American hearts that would respond to this slightly uplifted tone, who knows. I did like it. But I prefer Constance personally. When I read her version and then read the Russian version, I feel like Chekhov is alive in both his original text and in this English text by Constance. I can see his presence, I see Russia, I see this planet, I see human beings with all their good and bad sides so vividly, so wonderfully. I also see England there and I see how Chekhov appeals to so many hearts in this country. In other words, Constance was clearly very inspired and very passionate, her words are like an extension of Chekhov’s own.
Yes I am very much a big follower of Chekhov after working with his stories. I am even more excited about his own character and his human nature. He worked as doctor all his life and considered literature in his own words as “my mistress”, medicine being “my lawful wife”. He also treated the poor free of charge and did much other humanitarian work during his very fruitful life. Sometimes it seems to me that he really was a true angel in both literary and figurative meanings of these words. Also, more than anything he really wanted to change the world for the better through his literature. His style is so gentle and subtle however that this does not always ring the bell to some of the less sensitive audiences, so he actually had to say it openly and directly to public that a lot of his literature has satirical nature and is meant to be both funny and at times tragic and at other times educational and motivational. I am ever so happy that my adaptation did provoke these feelings in many listeners. I could not hope for anything better than this.

When it comes to favourite stories, I am glad you mentioned “about love”, this one is very special and is a big favourite of mine. The third CD is planned to have this story there and it will be part of the trilogy which Chekhov always intended to be understood as trilogy, but the publisher back in 19th century made a mistake and separated the 3 stories.

I also have to mention Ivan Matveyich. I have personal reasons here. I actually grew up in the south of Russia, not far from the Black Sea and Ivan’s stories about his tarantulas and birds very much remind me my own childhood. I absolutely loved chasing tiny lizards in the bushes. They are very difficult to catch because they drop their tail and re-grow it naturally and the only way to catch them is inevitably by their tail. The man of learning in this story reminds me many of my often strict teachers. They too would occasionally let me get away with something just like the man of learning let’s Ivan talk about his birds in this story. I felt like couple of pages from my own life merged with something new in this Chekhov story. It’s a magical experience.
I'm glad you like the review of The Golden Bowl. I put off reading the book for too long.

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