Stephanie Butland Stephanie's Comments (member since Jan 01, 2009)



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Feb 05, 2009 01:51AM

1225 True... maybe they have whetted my appetite for the supernatural! Or maybe I'm just not feeling very original this morning.

OK - how about....

books set in wartime? (any war)
Feb 05, 2009 01:36AM

1225 I have just realised that we will be indulging in a bit of the old three-way-sex again in our February read! Perhaps we should rename this book club 'The three-way-sex book club'... it would have the biggest membership on Goodreads in no time....
Feb 05, 2009 01:34AM

1225 How about

Books with an element of the supernatural

?
Feb 03, 2009 08:11AM

1225 I did try not to buy books but went to the library... but when they didn't have the books I wanted it was straight to Waterstone's I'm afraid.... no backbone, that's my trouble!
Jan 25, 2009 08:12AM

1225 Although I can see the heaven analogy..... isn't it nicer to believe that an old man gets to spend the last of his living years doing what he loves, rather than being gradually forgotten by his family and slowly allowed to die, being over-medicated to keep him quiet? I loved the ideas that (a) an old person can be valued and treasured in such a way in the real world and (b) Joseph's life had come full circle, with the circus rescuing him one more from a decline into grief and hopelessness. In fact, although I loved this book all through, it was the fact that the ending was so very positive that will make me remember it.
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Jan 23, 2009 11:21PM

1225 I rejoined the library last year when I totted up how much I was spending on books (gulp) and I'm so glad I did - I've ended up reading different things (Agatha Christie, John Le Carre, as well as re-reading books I'd not thought about in years.
I noticed last time I was at the library that I could volunteer to go in and select books for people who are housebound. I think I might sign up - it seems like a fairly easy thing to do to help out people who (horror of horrors) may not have access to books otherwise.
Jan 20, 2009 02:39AM

1225 I cannot wait to read this book again. It completely blew me away the first time, and the second!
Jan 16, 2009 06:30AM

1225 That makes more sense to me... I know Keira Knightley plays young, but I wasn't sure how she was going to go that young!
Jan 16, 2009 02:33AM

1225 Truly, Madly, Deeply
Chicago
Shrek
Shakespeare in Love
Sense and Sensibility
Jan 16, 2009 02:29AM

1225 It was Keira Knightly, who also played Elizabeth Bennett in the recent Pride and Prejudice movie. I think she is a terrific actress although she does seem to have more than the usual allocation of teeth.

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Jan 16, 2009 02:26AM

1225 Heather, I would throw yourself into Vanity Fair. I re-read it about once a year because I love it so much. (I also have a bit of a thing for books that are big and fat and you can have a proper relationship with, rather than getting through them in a day and a half. I have just realsied how terrible that would sound if you substituted 'men'- or indeed 'women' - for 'book'!)
Jan 14, 2009 02:01AM

1225 I think because I know so little about the culture, I found the factual aspect of the narrative engaging and enjoyable. But I can see that if you already know a bit about it, it would be dull!

I did get fed up with the constant references to 'clouds and rain' which I found a little fey. It also kept making me laugh, because I train creativity and the best way I have found (well, stolen from Chuck Dymer) to explain the difference between concepts and ideas is to see concepts as clouds and ideas as rain. (Clouds are full of good stuff but no use if you're thirsty. Rain will solve your immediate problem but a cloud has a lot more possibilities.) So whenever someone was making clouds and rain with their husband I caught myself thinking, 'what on earth are they doing discussing ideas and concepts? I thought women weren't supposed to participate in intellectual life'....
Jan 12, 2009 06:31AM

1225 I'd like to nominate The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, banned for portraying lesbianism as normal.

The Well of Loneliness is a 1928 lesbian novel by the English author Radclyffe Hall. It follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose "sexual inversion" (that is, homosexuality) is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation and rejection, which Hall depicts as having a debilitating effect on inverts. The novel portrays inversion as a natural, God-given state and makes an explicit plea: "Give us also the right to our existence". (extract from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Well...)

I think this will be an interesting read in terms of the changing portrayal of homosexuality. And I'd be very happy to lead a discussion on it!


Jan 11, 2009 11:45PM

1225 And we still have a culture of mutilation for the sake of beauty, don't we? There must be a lot of women who go through a lot of pain with repeated breast implants, for instance. Nose jobs, eye lifts, tummy tucks.... even waxing ain't a walk in the park. I might throw up mt hands in horror at the idea of footbinding, but I've got an awful lot of shoes in my wardrobe that make my feet and calves ache for a couple of days after wearing them....

Even when we don't cause ourselves pain, we still remodel parts of our body to appear more attractive/socially acceptable - dyed hair, shaped eyebrows, bleached teeth, push up bras, scary pants..... (I wasn't just describing myself, btw!)
Jan 09, 2009 04:26AM

1225 Also maybe no three-way sex, spiritual or not? (I know, I know, I'm such a prude... )
Jan 09, 2009 12:41AM

1225 I thought that the mother was the most interesting character in the book, someone who tried the new way but went back to the old under stress. I read her as trying to protect her daughter but also being desparate to protect herself. And I was fascinated by the fact that footbinding was a way to relative freedom for Ren's third wife.
Jan 08, 2009 04:47AM

1225 I do find that my reaction to books is almost wholly goverened by the mood I'm in when I read them, though, so if I was stuck on a train or had a cold when I read Snowflower I will forget that and just remember that I didn't like the book!
Jan 08, 2009 04:45AM

1225 Also true. But within a genre there could be 2 wildly different books - so sci-fi might include Margaret Atwood as well as Isaac Asimov, f'rinstance.

Jan 08, 2009 04:41AM

1225 D'oh! So she was. Cheese for brains today.
Jan 08, 2009 04:39AM

1225 I've just finished Peony in Love and really enjoyed it. Did anyone else find themselves thinking of The Lovely Bones all the way through? Untimely death... watching from the other side... three way ghost sex thingy...
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1225

You'll love this one...!! A book club & more


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