Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
RIP Book #5 Does having unlimited knowledge about a person or subject hinder or help an individual? That is the question behind Eliot's short story "The Lifted Veil." Fans of George Eliot will see that this short story is quite different from her other works. Most noteable about "The Lifted Veil" is that fact that we have a narrator who is not nameless. Latimer, who has the "poetic disposition" yet writes no poetry, has taken it upon himself to write his life story at his last living moment. He considered himself a clairvoyant who could see bits of future as well into the souls of those whose veils can be lifted. Jealous of his brother, he hopes to win the affection of his brother's soon to be wife Bertha. One day he gets a vision that he and Bertha are married and they hate each other, and Bertha wishes him dead. Terrified of the fact that the woman he has been after his whole life will hate him, he still hopes that he wins her from his brother. A little dark, full of visions and veils. This story is a quick read but it lingers in your mind long after you have finished it. I recommend it, kind of creepy a good October read. My Challenge Count: 5 book finished 1 books left to read Favorite Book Sources:
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Project: Silk Hand Sewn Bag Fabric: 1/2 yard of a silk/polyester blend and two brass handle attachments and a white polyester blend as the liner Tools: thread and a needles and my two little hands Size: 16 inches long by 13 inches wide Pattern: made up as I went Start Date: October 10, 2006 Finish Date: October 17, 2006 For: Me Related Alongs: None Comments: The liner material was 75 cents a yard and it gets dirty very easily. I like the outside fabric design but I am afraid that it is a little too delicate to be a bag. Either way I am pleased with the outcome and I think it might be the last bag I make by hand because look what I picked up from Target recently... Yes I think I will embark on the machine sewing age! So now that I have my little Singer (who was clearanced out to such a fantastic price) I think I will make a list of things I would like to sew for gifts this holiday season. As for other crafts I think I might start my mittens this evening because it is cold and we already have snow.... See even this little guy knows it is time to start preparing for the winter.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins The poor sensitive artist Hartright saves his wacky Italian friend's life and all of a sudden his life is turned upside down. With the prospect of a new job in the country that pays big bucks, he packs his paints and sets off in the middle of the night for 3 months of country living. At the fork in the road he stops and is suddenly alarmed when he feels a hand on his shoulder! A ghostly looking woman dressed from head to foot in white wanting to know the way to London! Being the gentleman that he is he walks her to a cab in London only later to find that the mysterious woman escaped from the asylum! Well never mind that off to the new job. What awaits Hartright at his country employers house is new found love, lost love and of course more mystery. I loved this book. I read it all the way through within two days. Read this I promise it is a page turner you will not be able to put down. On a critical note about the book... I had to read this one for my Victorian class and the professor brought up that even though the book was a good read it really had nothing to offer in way of literary criticism and was in a sense trash as far the Victorian literary cannon goes. Now I am completely opposed to this idea. I think there can be a wealth of criticism written on this novel, particularly in psychoanalysis area. She also went on to state that Dicken's was a better writer, had better characters, and a better narrator. I again disagree I believe Collins is the better writer all around. So those who have read Collins... what do you think, better then Dickens, trash with no substance? R.I.P 2006 Autumn Challenge 4 book finished 2 books left to read My Favorite Book Sources: