Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Here I still am. I felt a bit anxious yesterday evening, on my own after a whole fortnight of having help within call. But all went well. The sore ribs continue to improve.

I knit industriously today and achieved four whole enormous rows of the Stillness Shawl MKAL Clue 4. That leaves six enormous rows to do. I clearly won’t be ready for Clue 5 on Thursday. Don’t miss KayT’s and Marilyn’s comments yesterday if you’re following the MKAL closely.


“Ralph the Heir” is not Trollope’s best but continues interesting. As often before, an entail figures prominently. This one is unusually interesting on class, and also has a humble character who is keen on capital and labour and the right to strike. Written in 1869.

Thank you for your enthusiastic contributions to the Reading in a Time of Pandemic project. Jane Austen, yes, indeed, Shandy. I’ve got “Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine” on my Kindle, but didn’t finish it. I must try again. Arthur Ransome has passed me by entirely. And I’ve also never heard of “Where the Crawdads Sing”.

MaureenTakoma, Barbara Pym I have heard of. I think she’s a brilliant idea. I haven’t looked at her for several decades. “A Gentleman in Moscow” is at least a familiar title. 


  1. I love the suggestion of Mark Twain for Pandemic reading. And I will re read Huck Finn and find the story of his father.
    I absolutely loved A Gentleman in Moscow. I do suggest that you watch Casablanca, the movie, before you finish the book. I have just read Flight Portfolio and will soon read the Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. Both are engaging and set around the 2nd World War.
    I went through a period about 30 years ago of reading all of Barbara Pym. May try again. I used to go to a used book store in Soho near my office in New York and discover new books on the $1.00 shelf. I always thought they found me. I think that is where I got the first Barbara Pym.

  2. On a recent Sunday I watched a livestream on YouTube (and my internet connection miraculously had very few hiccups) of Pride and Prejudice being read aloud, unabridged, by a large group of characters and a narrator. It was to encourage support for struggling theatres, but there was no link for donations - I think the idea was to enjoy the performance/reading and then donate to a theatre of one's choice. I started watching to see how it would go, and ended up watching the entire thing - it was something like 12 hours, maybe longer. It was an entire day of enjoyment and distraction - I even listened to it on my phone when I was outside doing the necessary chores, so I wouldn't miss anything.

    1. Do you have more info would love to watch listen to this. One of my fav books

    2. Hey there! I just checked and it's available on YT in two parts, because 12 hours is the YT limit (who knew?) so they re-read the last hour again and posted it as a second part. Just look for "Pride and Prejudice Theatre Fundraiser" streamed live by Sun and Moon Theatre on 12 July.

  3. A Gentleman in Moscow! Yes! I know you prefer not to read books set in places you have never been, but this is worth it. Well, I thought so, after avoiding it.

  4. Arthur Ransome wrote "Swallows and Amazons". Re-reading old favourites is what I had in mind. Barbara Pym certainly comes into that category, as might some of the early Barbara Kingsolver. And Annie Proulx.