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Monday, 21 April 2008

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The only very wood-related book that I can remember is 'The Baron in the Trees' by Italo Calvino. Maybe you have already read it.
Calvino tells about the life of a young boy who was scolded by his father and decided - in a typical adolescent move - to stay in a tree for the rest of his life. Although perched in his tree, he manages to fulfill all his needs and he is a great reader and thinker too. In fact, he features the thinker/intellectual/philosopher who lives apart from common people and observes how things happen from above.

I hope you have a more positive reaction to Hardy this time.

But for a book set in the woods, it's hard to top Wind in the Willows.

"Brendon Chase" ?

Beautiful photos!

Please do tell us how you react to reading Hardy this time.

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  • Nothing is of greater consolation to the author of a novel than the disovery of readings he had not conceived but which are then prompted by his readers. (Umberto Eco, Reflections on The Name of the Rose)
  • ... relatively few persons in London ... can afford the luxury of one or more servants. No fewer than 3,700,000 have no servants at all, and of the half million that have servants 227,000 have only one. (The Times, 6 June 1895)
  • Standing among savage scenery, the hotel offers stupendous revelations. There is a French widow in every bedroom, affording delightful prospects. (Tyrolean inn brochure, according to Gerard Hoffnung)
  • (A doctor is at an elderly relative's deathbed) "The old sawbones, eh?" he bellowed ... "Just in the nick, perhaps. Haul the old girl back by the short hairs, if you ask me. Devilish smart at his work ... Always take a fence with more confidence when I know he's out with us."
  • Too often, when a man of Monty Godkin's mental powers is plunged in thought, nothing happens at all. The machinery just whirs for a while, and that is the end of it. (P G Wodehouse, Heavy Weather)
  • ...the breed that take their pleasures as Saint Laurence took his grid (Kipling, The Five nations)

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