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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.
Day Triquetra

Just read a wonderful book

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!

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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*
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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
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Introductions! **cheesy as it can get**

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
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Excellent

Just finished Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman.

I'll put up a proper review when I've have more time, but for now, I will just say that he's done it again :) It's full of diverse characters and otherworldly oddness. Gaiman fans will not be disappointed, and, if you've never read him before....where the hell have you been? :)
Drop Beats not Bombs

New member...

Hi there everyone, I'm a new member...

Anyway, I'm an English Lit. undergrad at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan. Although I do plenty of reading for my English classes I still feel horribly unread. My main areas of interest in Literature are probably Modernism and some of what people are calling "Post-Modernism." I also have a weakness for the classics and am a huge Shakespeare fan. As far as academic areas of study, I get a kick out of New Historicism, "New" Criticism(though it should probably be called old by now...), Cultural Studies, Psychoanalytic Crit., Corpus Linguistics, and a whole mess of other Structural and Post-Structural schools of thought. They're all fun, but I think it's best to read without any sort of agenda. I could care less what is in vogue and what isn't when it comes to studies.

Right now I'm reading Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon for fun and a lot of Shakespeare for a Shakespeare Seminar I'm taking and a lot of "classic" literary crticism(Longinus, Aristotle, the Romantics and such) for a Lit. Crit. class I'm taking. I'm a huge Joyce freak, I really like Faulkner, and for fun read a lot of Tom Robbins. I like music, too...

So I suppose that's about all you need to know about me...
Illusion

*New Member*

Hey I'm new here and I happened to stumble upon this site after I became increasingly frustrated over the lack of 'Thorn Birds' communities/discussions of any kind across LiveJournal. Then, finally I found a site that listed Colleen McCullough as their interest and well, here I am! I guess I was kind of surprised over the lack of Colleen McCullough boards as I found 'The Thorn Birds' to be a completely captivating novel and then the mini-series was just so addictive and enjoyable..Just wondering if anyone on here read 'The Thorn Birds', and their reactions, whether or not they liked it ..etc. It's always interesting for me to hear peoples opinions on some of my favourite books..


I also noticed some people listing books they wanted to read this year..so here are a couple more 'modern' books I am looking very forward to reading:

*Assasination of Jesse James By the coward Robert Ford-Ron Hansen
*Sophie's Choice-William Styron
*Cold Mountain- Charles Frazier
*Doctor Zhivago-Boris Pasternak..yes, a lot of these are now film versions but I always find the books to be a lot more captivating..

Well, any other recommendations/insight into some really great books? Thanks!
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Trumpet By Jackie Kay

Trumpet by Jackie Kay

This book is excellent. It is fiction.
It follows the life of mainly Millie and Colman Joss Moody's wife and adopted son after Joss Moody's death. Mr. Moody was a famous trumpet player who was born in Scotland but eventually moved to England. After his death it was found out that he was born female. Millie just wants to be left alone to grieve but the media is relentless. and Colman is furious because he didn't know this about his father. The book also has chapters that are in the voice of other a handful of other people. it is such a beautiful story. It had me falling in love, being smitten, being furious, frustrated and grieving.