Classics Club Spin #33

Walkway Trimmed BushesOh, heavens!  I haven’t accomplished much on the spins.  I did manage to find my copy of Revelations of Divine Love, so that’s promising.  Otherwise I :

  • am reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations but haven’t finished it
  • have begun Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs on my Kindle (the children’s version) and also started one volume of the original.  I’m planning to finish the Kindle version, which is all I committed to; the original is both too long and too difficult to find for me to commit to it now
  • I began Aristotle’s Ethics as a course quite awhile ago.  I plan to finish … but ….
  • I finished Journey from Peppermint Street by Meindert de Jong.  Woo hoo!

Not the results I wanted but, oh well!
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Unfinished Portrait by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)

Unfinished Portrait“Do you know the feeling you have when you know something quite well and yet for the life of you can’t recollect it?”

Oh, wow!  After my first Westmacott novel, Giant’s Bread, I was really dreading Unfinished Portrait, but what a masterpiece of human psychology, human frailty and the unexpected journey that life has in store for all of us!

The novel begins on an island where a successful portrait painter meets a young woman who is ready to take her own life.  Through speaking with her, he learns of her childhood and marriage and both the humorous and tragic circumstances that slowly led her to where she is that day.

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Deal Me In Challenge 2023

Deal Me In Challenge

Deal Me in Challenge 2023 and again, I stubbornly continue to participate, even though I finish less and less of the selections each year.  Last year, I think I finished one selection (shame!) but even so, I was encouraged by my amount of reading in 2022.  In 2021, I managed to finish 12 books but in 2022 I finished 32.  I think I can keep up that pace and even improve it, so with that in mind, if I concentrate some of my energy on this challenge I should be able to read ….. well, at least more than one!

I kept the same list as last year to save time; better to spend the time saved reading, I think.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express: “It was five o’clock on a winter’s morning in Syria.”

Also Published as:  Murder in the Calais Coach

Detective: Hercule Poirot

Published: January 1934

Length: 265 pages

Setting:  Aleppo, Syria; Stamboul (Istanbul), Turkey; somewhere in Yugoslavia

 

In Murder on the Orient Express, after travelling from Aleppo to Istanbul, Hercule Poirot receives a telegram to return home and he books passage on The Orient Express, a well-known passenger train. Also onboard are:

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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss“A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace.”

In The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot takes the reader into a lazy, peaceful part of England, where life is lived in a slow reverie with the river ebbing and flowing and yet hard work and struggles can be at the forefront of existence.  Yet within the scenery and the everyday monotony, there are people who live their lives with hopes and cares, frustrations and joys, dreams and tragedies.

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