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Member: literarysarah

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About meI work in publishing and love it. I'm also a bit of an anglophile and my library reflects it. I like to own what I read even though I don't do much re-reading. There's something wonderful about keeping all those "old friends" on the shelves.

About my libraryI can't seem to stop acquiring print books but my Kindle library is where the real expansion is happening. I love my Kindle.

GroupsNew York Review Books

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Alan Bennett, James Boswell, Alain De Botton, Elizabeth Bowen, Charlotte Brontë, Bill Bryson, A. S. Byatt, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Umberto Eco, Jeffrey Eugenides, Christopher Hitchens, Robert Hughes, Tony Judt, Sinclair Lewis, Hilary Mantel, Iris Murdoch, George Orwell, Jacques Pépin, Anthony Powell, Anne Rice, Salman Rushdie, Simon Schama, Paul Scott, Ali Smith (Shared favorites)

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Real nameSarah

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Member sinceNov 11, 2005

Currently readingThe Power Broker : Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Vintage) by Robert A. Caro
Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics) by George Eliot

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Hi Sarah,

Just got my SantaThing books today, and the receipt says you were my Secret Santa, so -- thank you!! They are both great choices and I look forward to reading them! (Now to find space for them on the shelves!)

Thanks again, and Happy Holidays!

That is exactly my complaint about The Woman in White - I don't care about any of these weak people. And the great passion that these two clucks seem to have conceived for one another is a mystery to me. She has just agreed, with beaucoup tears, to marry Sir Percival (where did ol' Wilkie get this quintessentially bad-guy name - tres hokey!) and Hartwright is now off to Central America and I find that the "great moment" when they fall in love apparently went whizzing right by, utterly unseen by me. I'm thinking that it couldn't have been that momentous. I wish Collins would get on with the mystery part before I lose interest completely.
I have had that Dumas book on my wishlist for some time. Will be interested to hear what you think about it.
No, Sarah, I haven't read any other Ackroyd books, although I think that I have London on my wishlist. Dickens only lived into, what, his fifties? With that in mind, I'm guessing that Ackroyd's treatment of London will most likely weigh about forty pounds in hardcover.
I am glad that you assigned Dickens to me or I might never have made it through as quickly (?) as I did. I must admit that I had to make it a rule to read x number of pages a day. And being unemployed for most of the winter helped. My current assignment is The Woman in White and it's turning into a bit of drag for me. Part of the reason is that I am not a 'mystery' kind of person (a shortcoming that I'm trying to cure myself of) and the rest of my problem with the book is that I haven't yet found a character that I care about. I haven't checked your library for this book - have you read it and if so, what did you think of it?
Hi Sarah:
I see that you have rated Ackroyd's Dickens the same number of stars that I did. Beyond that, what did you think of it?
You're very welcome, Sarah. I, myself, have not read any James (yet), but I was still surprised that no one had done a review. Hope I chose something good for you. Thank you for the info about the Amazon button. Now it is 100 times more convenient to drool over my almost-books.
I just browsed your reviews and they are great - short and sweet, but capturing a flavor of what to look for and what you enjoyed most. I hope you review lots!
Hey Sarah -- thanks for your comment about The Woman in White. I have since heard some say that Colllins was/is praised for writing about an unattractive yet worthy woman, an ugly heroine -- but I am just not sure I buy into that. I write my reviews mainly for myself, so much so that I almost forget others read them and am pleasantly surprised when someone comments and agrees. Delightful!

Hi Literarysarah, Just read what you said about Wuthering Heights, takes courage but your right, its awful! It's the same story told twice and it was not good in the first place.

Love what you say about "old friends on shelves"

Stay nice
I'm reading the Life of Johnson (I'm in 1760 now). It's a bit dry, as you say. I regret there are not more anecdotes about the writing of the Dictionary.

I came to read this book after having read Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763. If you're interested in Boswell, I found his journal very funny. I wonder how such a lively fellow (Boswell) came to discipline himself to discuss with Johnson who wasn't particularly humorous (at least, it seems to me...)
Just read your comment about the Simon Schama book, "The embarrasment of riches".
Wish I hadn't.
I've just spent money on Amazon I could not afford.

But thank you for making me aware
Best wishes
I'm so glad you included Pickwick Papers in your "brilliant" category. I have to admit I'm not as disciplined as you are when it comes to shelf space. My shelves are crammed with unread treasures and good intentions.
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