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Reviews92 reviews

Tags20th century literature (477), european lit-GB (372), virago (361), read before 1995 (207), 19th century literature (171), MUM-LENT (163), read in 2012 (153), 1930s (141), n.american lit-USA (139), 1950s (137) — see all tags

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About meage 51, I've just given up work. I love reading, patchwork ,genealogy and my 5 cats.

About my libraryLove the classics; am working my way through Balzac's Comedie Humaine.
Also adore Virago Classics. (And have just discovered Persephone Books...bliss!) My guilty pleasure is historical fiction, notably Jean Plaidy.
Plans for 2014; blitz my excessive backlog of books (700 & counting!) Also keep on with this year's attempt to read as many Nobel prize winning authors as possible. Plus some foreign literature.
I spent 2013 trying to complete a 'Century of Books' (1 from each year of 20th century) but ended up about 20 short and admit defeat!
2014 CHALLENGE: READ AS MANY DIFFERENT NATIONALITY AUTHORS AS POSSIBLE (UK & USA don't count)

AUSTRALIA: [[London Joan]] : [Gilgamesh]
AUSTRIA: [[Zweig Stefan]] : [Beware of Pity]
CANADA:[[ Atwood Margaret]] :[ Alias Grace]
-------[[ Munro Alice]] : [Too Much Happiness]
------ [[Clarke Bev]] : [Born in the Briar Patch]
CHINA: [[Lianke Yan]] : [Dream of Ding Village]
DENMARK: [[Romer Knud]] :[ Nothing but Fear]
EGYPT: [[Mahfouz Naguib]] : [Palace Walk]
-------[[Mahfouz Naguib]] : [Palace of Desire]
------ [[Mahfouz Naguib]] : [Sugar Street]
ESTONIA: [[Luts Oskar]] : [Spring]
FRANCE: [[Zola Emile]] : [La Bete Humaine]
GERMANY: [[Mann Thomas]] : [Little Herr Friedemann & Other Stories]
---------[[Keun Irmgard]] : [Child of all Nations]
---------[[Winsloe Christa]] : [The Child Manuela]
---------[[Fallada Hans]] : [Little Man, What Now?]
---------[[Suskind Patrick]] : [Perfume]
ICELAND: [[Laxness Halldor]] : [Independent People]
ISRAEL: [[Agnon S Y]] : [A Simple Story]
ITALY: [[Marani Diego]] : [New Finnish Grammar]
JAPAN: [[Murakami Haruki]] : [Norwegian Wood]
KYRGYZSTAN: [[Aitmatov Chingiz]] : [Jamilia]
MYANMAR : [[Law Yone Wendy]] : [The Road to Wanting]
NETHERLANDS: [[De Kat Otto]] : [Julia]
NEW ZEALAND: [[Ashton-Warner S]] : [Spinster]
PORTUGAL: [[De Queiros Eca]] : [The Maias]
ROMANIA: [[Muller Herta]] : [The Hunger Angel]
RUSSIA: [[Zamyatin Yevgeny]] : [We]
SRI LANKA: [[Gunesekera Romesh]] : [Monkfish Moon]
SWEDEN: [[Lagerlof Selma]] : [Invisible Links]
TRINIDAD: [[Naipaul V S]] : [A House for Mr Biswas]

FAVOURITE READS OF 2013:

1) Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann
2) The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3) The Dollmaker - Harriette Arnow
4) Elmer Gantry - Sinclair Lewis
5) Fraulein Schmidt & Mt Anstruther - Elizabeth von Arnim
6) A Pale View of Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro
7) We think the World of you - J R Ackerley
8) Riceyman Steps - Arnold Bennett
9) The Appointment - Herta Muller
10) The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields

GroupsCrambo!, Fifty States Fiction (or Nonfiction) Challenge, Geeks who love the Classics, Legacy Libraries, List Five Books Parlour Game, Nobel Laureates in Literature, Persephone Readers, Playing games and solving puzzles, Reading Globally, The Global Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsHonoré de Balzac, Arnold Bennett, Barbara Comyns, Theodore Dreiser, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)

Real namesally tarbox

Locationaylesbury, bucks, england

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/starbox (profile)
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Member sinceFeb 8, 2012

Currently readingAunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa

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Whew!
I was afraid I would come across as a total boor. As far as the proposals, keep making them. The LT community may not agree with me and that's just one of the things that makes it so great! By the way, I thought the flags on your profile page were cool, is that a beta feature?
Curtis
Hello,
I hope I don't come off as the critical Yank, but I thought I would let you know why I voted against some of your proposed tag combinations. Even when I feel certain it refers to the same author, I don't like combining names (William Faulkner and Faulkner William) since it is possible that there might be an author Faulkner William at some point in time. Call me picky:)
Also, I don't remember if this was one of yours but there is a Beaufort County in North Carolina and a City of Beaufort in North Carolina -- not to mention South Carolina has one or both of those.
And lastly to try to avoid being a total jerk, I've visited your country twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. God save the Queen!
Curtis Hedgepeth
Raleigh, NC USA
Hi Sally.
My name is belva & it appears that we share a love of the VMC/Virago books.
It's nice to meet you. Do you spend time at the Virago site? It's very
pleasant there.
I notice that you are a 'star' on the Playing Games and Solving Puzzles site.
I just recently found this one and am enjoying it though I sometimes get
confused with the rules. Until I have spent more time there, I need to read
them before I post each time. I tend to get the games confused. lol!~!
Nice chatting with/at you.
See you on the game site.
belva
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