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Pebbles on the Shore by Alfred George…

Pebbles on the Shore (1916)

by Alfred George Gardiner

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Pebbles on the Shore by A. G. Gardiner (1916)


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Fascinating set of essays written about...nothing much, just what was going on and what the author was thinking about, in England during WWI. The essays were written as newspaper pieces - just filler, it looks like, without any particular direction - but one a day. Thoughts about nature (the woods, the stars, his garden...), about fashion and clothing (he Discovers! that women don't have decent pockets (and apparently his wife doesn't mind that) and discusses some of the fixes for that...those fixes are still in process, a hundred+ years later. Sigh), about habits of body and thought, and how the war is upending some of them (and not others); about things he sees and people he meets and talks to - there's nothing Deep here, just everyday life, which is what makes it so fascinating. Casual mention of authors who are people he's met (or at one or two removes - a friend of a friend), who are classics now; equally casual mention (quotes, etc.) of authors I've barely heard of, who he considers on an equal footing with the others. It was very enjoyable to read, and I expect to go back to it over and over and find new things every time. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 9, 2020 |
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On choosing a name -- On letter-writing -- On reading in bed -- On cats and dogs -- "W.G." -- On seeing visions -- On black sheep -- The village and the war -- On rumour -- On umbrella morals -- On talking to one's self -- On Boswell and his miracle -- On seeing ourselves -- On the English spirit -- On falling in love -- On a bit of seaweed -- On living again -- Tu-whit, tu-whoo! -- On points of view -- On beer and porcelain -- On a case of conscience -- On the guinea stamp -- On the dislike of lawyers -- On the cheerfulness of the blind -- On taxing vanity -- On thoughts at fifty -- The one-eyed cat -- On the philosophy of hats -- On seeing London -- On catching the train -- In praise of chess -- On the downs -- On short legs and long legs -- On a painted face -- On writing an article -- On a city that was -- On pleasant sounds -- On slackening the bow -- On the intelligent golf ball -- On a prisoner of war -- On the world we live in -- "I'm telling you" -- On courage -- On spendthrifts -- On a top hat -- On losing one's memory -- On wearing a fur-lined coat -- In praise of walking -- On rewards and riches -- On taste -- On a hawthorn hedge.
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