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25 January 2007 @ 06:55 pm
Is anyone still here? Anyone want to read books and discuss? I just finished reading Dhalgren by Samuel Delaney. Actually I haven't finished reading it. I'm in the last chapter and I'm debating whether or not to fish it up. I set the book down months ago, and I just found it again while cleaning.
 
 
17 June 2006 @ 09:03 pm
Today I finished reading Long Way Back by Brendan Halpin. It was brilliant! I really got to bond with the characters. Halpin's dialog is great. It doesn't feel stilted, it sounds very natural. The climactic scene at the end made me weep with joy and love.

One of the things I like most was the characters' Catholicism. They're like the real Catholics I know. Most Catholics in books seem to me to be either extremely pious and devout, or have rejected the Church entirely. Almost all the Catholics I know, including myself, have some sort of detached relationship with the faith. They feel it in them, it fuels and aids them, but there are aspects that keep them from fully emmersing themselves in the church-going lifestyle. That's how these characters are. They're true to their faith in their personal belief and they act in a way that's conscientious, but they're not "devout" in the commonly accepted way of thinking. That made them seem all the more real to me. I found them behaving much like I do, skipping mass on Sunday, but showing devotion some other way, either by serving others or praying privately. In that way, it was a very hopeful book.

Needless to say, I highly recommend this book, whether you're Catholic or not (though if you're not Catholic, you might not get some of the jokes, but it won't ruin the book if you don't.)

Thank you for getting me out of my rut of mediocre books, Brendan Halpin!
 
 
16 June 2006 @ 03:26 pm
Okay hi everyone! I am super excited about this community. My name is Lyzz, I fence, and Im graduating Highschool early. Let's see I love Poetry (I write poetry so I should like it) I love anything by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Emily Dickinson. "Idylls of The King" is my favorite book. I also love "Eyes of The Dragon" by Stephen King. I'm really into anything. Mystery to Fantasy and I love Historical novels. I'm currently reading "In the Name of The Rose." By Umberto Eco. If anyone has already read it and wants to discuss it i'd love that!

I look forward to meeting everyone!

*Lyzz*
 
 
11 June 2006 @ 09:07 pm
The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold History of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal by AFUA COOPER

On April 10, 1734, a fire ripped through Montréal, destroying forty-six buildings, including the famed hospital/convent L’Hôtel Dieu. No one died, but in the aftermath it was discovered that the slave woman Angelique had escaped, allegedly in the company of her white lover, Claude Thibault, an indentured servant from France. Authorities soon apprehended her.
Angelique, an assertive and rebellious Portuguese-born slave woman owned by a local bourgeois, endured a two-month trial. In the tradition of French criminal justice, the chief investigator took her “confessions” of the story of her entire life, which constitute the first slave narrative in North America, a century before the stories that electrified nineteenth-century United States.
On June 20, theday of her execution, Angelique underwent confession under torture. She confessed that she was the arsonist, but stated emphatically that she acted alone.
On the evening of June 20 a rubbish cart carried her to the parish church, where she made honourable amends, as was traditionally required of convicted criminals in both France and New France. Crying in a loud voice, and resting on bended knees, she begged pardon of the king, God, and fellow citizens. Then the cart took her to the public gallows, where the hangman, another slave named Mathieu, placed the noose around her neck and ended her life. Her body was later burnt and the ashes “cast to the four corners of the earth.”
The Hanging of Angelique flips the script on the idea of Canada as a haven from slavery, yet this is also a story with international appeal. Angelique was Portuguese, and she had lived in what is now the United States. Her story resonates across time and space, back and forth across the Atlantic, traversing borders, language, race, and nations. Cooper's original research has assembled not only the first account of this story ever published in English, but also the first English-language histories of slavery in Canada and of the Atlantic slave trade that includes Canada.


READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE HANGING OF ANGELIQUE
 
 
30 May 2006 @ 04:02 pm
Just stopping by and introducing myself (though the community itself seems to have fallen apart by far). I'm sixteen, still in highschool and souly devoted to fantasy, folklore and any type of out of the ordinary happenings writing. Or we could just leave it at creative writing, for that is where I stand.

I would love to hear from any fellow fantasy writers (or any writers in general)!

I thank you for the opportunity to post.

Kon
 
 
Current Location: libary
I feel : amusedamused as always
I am listening to: Nightwish: White Night Fantasy
 
 
 
03 February 2006 @ 05:36 pm

Hello, I just want to plug timewingsby, a community for Colleen McCullough fans. If you like her works, please do join.

 
 
I feel : okayokay
I am listening to: survive - Janne da Arc