— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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November 14, 2010

Sunday Reading



‘So this is your province,’ Vesey said as they danced. ‘You know everybody here but me. I know nobody but you. Why did you say you couldn’t tango?’


‘I didn’t know that I could. I usually sit down when one begins.’

These are the first (and so far, only) lines that I've read from A Game of Hide and Seek, from a page opened at random to gratify my immediate curiosity. {Sold!} Other than that it’s by Elizabeth Taylor, an author I’ve always wanted to read, and that it seems to be about the relationship between a man named Vesey and a woman named Harriet, I’m starting it from scratch (with the encouragement of the Cornflower Book Group). From those lines, it seems like it could be Barbara Pym-ish. Part of me hopes so, and part of me hopes that I will surprised by what I read. More later.

I have one short book to finish first and two foodie books to dip into later: As Always, Julia: the letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, and Fannie’s Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Cookbook, by Christopher Kimball. (I’m hoping there will be more Fannie Farmer than Christopher Kimball in that second one. I’m interested in culinary history and it’s been a while since I’ve read some.) The timing on these is coincidental, but they will be nice company for my Thanksgiving meal planning and cooking. {That sounds so warm and lovely, doesn’t it? Hah. Just discovered that I’m coordinating a dinner for 13 to be cooked in someone else’s kitchen, and some cozy reading will be a much-needed rest from sudden and continuing panic...just as pictured. :) }

I hope whatever you read this week will be surprising and delicious.

{the painting (title unknown) is by Carl Wilhelm Holsøe (1863-1935)}

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4 comments:

Frances said...

Elizabeth Taylor is an author I have wanted to read for a long time too. Maybe next year. Envying you Julia's letters!

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

I love the painting you've chosen.So so perfect for Sunday reading. Hope you have a good week.

Bellezza said...

Sadly, I can't comment very lucidly on the novel, but I do adore the painting by Holsoe. I used one of his as my header when I was on WordPress. I can tell we have very similar taste! And, don't you love it when a novel is immediately gratifying? Sold! is right!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Ah, the picture is lovely. I've not heard of this particular selection but will put this on my list -- I just completed Ethan Frome tonight, which was delightedly depressing!

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