Seven books for December
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Catching up with the garden after being down and out with flu, I have read less. These are the good books that stay in my mind.
Crime. Murder. Set in the Kalahari. Gritty, realistic of South Africa's here and now, but leaves me with a - we can do this feeling.
[waiting for cell phone reception, travelling across country]
Apart from the ticking of the cooling engine, it was absolutely silent. An odd sort of stillness, he thought. As if it had personality. A presence, almost, like somebody standing too close to you in the dark.
|Doring River in 2011|
Maggie Shen KING
An excess male
Read for the second time. A companion to The Handmaid's Tale. China's one child policy and millions of unmarriageable men in 2030.
In Diamond Square
Written in 1962. Translated from Catalan. Spanish Civil War in Barcelona.
Drops of rain played chase on the washing lines, and, sometimes, one dripped down and, before it fell, it stretched and stretched because it seemed it was a huge effort to let go. ... the low clouds were so full of drizzle they dragged their swollen bellies along the roofs.
|Porterville July winter in 2009|
We were living in Switzerland when the news always mentioned Imre Nagy - so I remember, despite the way it is spelt, it sounds like an English notch, with a hidden g at the end and hidden d in the middle. She explains that 'gy' as like the 'dy' in - D'ye know where the bus is? An interesting language to grow up with in London. Echoes of Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman.
How are you? (hodge vodge) Hogy vagy?
A once upon a time fairy tale reinvented. Echoes of 'women running with wolves'. Brothers Grimm territory. Spellbinding.
|Paper model by Melissa Four|
The museum of you
She is twelve, her mother died soon after she was born. Summer holiday gathering memories and stories of her mother. Her grandparents to her father, like mine much older. (Cover design and paper model by Melissa Four)
Colin's parents were young. They'd been born on the cusp of the sixties. Dad was born just as Europe geared up for the Second World War, and Mum was born right at the end of it [as were two of my sisters] The years between ... war babies and the start of Generation X, made a world of difference. ... a past that seemed, to have been shot in black and white, and slow-motion frames.
The liar's dictionary
From INside the dictionary - the people who write the definitions. Editing the incomplete dictionary before putting it online. Weaving then and now together and tracking down the deliberately faked words.
People who work with words like to do this: enunciate with admiring flourishes as if a connoisseur and to show that here was someone who knew the value of a good word, the terroir of its etymology and the rarity of its vintage.
|Shorter Oxford Dictionary|
Zoe in 2017
Two fat volumes that he carried across London for me, since I didn't want my English dictionary to have a Swiss accent ;~)
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