A fascinating glimpse back, a peek really, through the cracked and moldy window of time. As interest...more
From France: The Letters In French and English:
A fascinating glimpse back, a peek really, through the cracked and moldy window of time. As interesting as it truly is, to read these letters penned from their own intriguing and by all accounts, disturbed and disturbing minds—mindsets, whatever their reasons (or justifications) were regarding their actions here or there is not a call I'm making here, as my point is this: these letters are but a peek, less really, into that world. And while I was ever aware of their import while I was reading them, muchly appreciating the value of the "real thing" over rehashed faction, which can range from frighteningly bad to better than others...
...what this little collection did for me was to illuminate what little is left of the real for us to ruminate on. Yes, of course there are a great many historical documents available to us from the entire reign of the Tudors. The Lancaster's, York's, Seymour's, The Boylen's, Cromwell's, The Castille's. Well, the list goes on and on as do the many volumes regaling their place in history.
But, it IS a different experience reading historical truth for yourself, first-hand. These sweet nothings penned with such lustful intent by a King whose pious marriage is foundering, by a King who has finally found his mojo. And from there, that place of newly discovered lusty mojo, there is no going back from a place such as that. And so the fate of the young Lady Anne is sealed. These letters are a harbinger to her doom. And to be fair, his too.
This was one of the few books in my recent reading history where I can actually say the story had more appeal for me than the craftsmanship of the wri...moreThis was one of the few books in my recent reading history where I can actually say the story had more appeal for me than the craftsmanship of the writing. The education I received regarding the early manufacture of fireworks was interesting to say the least. I do believe Jane Borodale has many books ahead of her. All in all a great debut. (less)
Hopefully, review coming. The more I read, the more I liked. But it WAS hard, or rather, sloggy at the beginning. A giant leap of faith to keep on kee...moreHopefully, review coming. The more I read, the more I liked. But it WAS hard, or rather, sloggy at the beginning. A giant leap of faith to keep on keeping on. (less)
I did, in the end, knock it up a rating. I figured I probably would. High points to Brand for no sugar coating. I realize many other readers complain...moreI did, in the end, knock it up a rating. I figured I probably would. High points to Brand for no sugar coating. I realize many other readers complain of periods of boredom but that really never happened to me, or if it did, it was brief, less than a page here and there. As I am a big fan of biographies as well as autobiographies, I didn't have to jump that hurdle straight from the get go, neither do I make any distinction between these books that belong to a celebrity or just regular folk, if it's well written, or entertaining, or has a message that intrigues me, I'll give it a go. And while I can't go on record as saying "My Booky Wook" is a masterpiece, I can recommend it, and admit I will be reading Part 2. (less)