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Sue is finished with The Guns of August
"The Battle of the Marne was one of the dicisive battles of the world not because it determined that Germany would ultimately lose or the Allies ultimately win the war but because it determined that the war would go on....there was no turning back. The nations were caught in a trap, a trap made during the first thirty days out of battles that failed to be decisive, a trap from which there was, and has been, no exit."
Aug 31, 2014 07:48PM Add a comment
The Guns of August

Sue
Sue is finished with Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
"There is a lot of pressure on youth right now, everyone is telling you what you should be doing. Telling your own stories is empowering because self-expression is freedom -- a way to find your own voice. And it's a beautiful moment when you realize the world wants to hear from you. Follow that little seed of interest, and forget about all of the 'shoulds.'" Danis Goulet (Cree/Metis) filmmaker, p 128
Aug 31, 2014 06:41PM Add a comment
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Sue
Sue is 72% done with The Guns of August
My goal is to finish by midnight!
"the Grand boulevards were empty, shop fronts were shuttered, buses, trams, cars, and horse cabs had disappeared. In their place flocks of sheep were herded across the Place de la Concorde....For one august in its history Paris was French---and silent. The sun shone, fountains sparkled...trees were green, the quiet Seine flowed by unchanging...."(loc7105)
Aug 31, 2014 05:42PM Add a comment
The Guns of August

Sue
Sue is on page 89 of 128 of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
"There are a great number of issues facing Native Americans today, which I confront with my choice of weapons: paints, brushes, canvas, my mind, and my culture." Bunky Echo-Hawk. Earlier pages also talk of those encouraging sport and health.
Aug 30, 2014 09:56PM Add a comment
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Sue
Sue is finished with Fear: A Novel of World War I
At around six o'clock one morning, an artillery spotter wakes us up.
'That's it. The armistice takes effect at eleven o'clock.'
'What did you say?'
'Armistice at eleven o'clock. Official.'
Negre sits up and looks at his watch.
'Another five hours of war.'...
I'm going down to Saint-Amarin. I'm deserting. I'm going to get myself under cover....
Eleven o'clock.
Total silence. Total astonishment. loc4452
Aug 30, 2014 04:53PM Add a comment
Fear: A Novel of World War I

Sue
Sue is on page 57 of 322 of Vile Bodies
"It is the sort of house in which one expects to find croquet mallets and polo sticks in the bathroom, and children's toys at the bottom of ones chest of drawers, and an estate map and an archery target-excluding the straw-and a bicycle and one of those walking-sticks which turn into saws, somewhere in passages, between baize doors, smelling of damp." Shepheard's Hotel, dwelling of one of the vile ones.
Aug 29, 2014 04:15PM Add a comment
Vile Bodies

Sue
Sue is 88% done with Fear: A Novel of World War I
"I am writing a letter to my sister. There is no truth in what I write, no deep truth. I am describing the outer surface, the picturesque side of war, a war fought by enthusiasts that does not involve me. Why do I put on this dilettante tone, this false assurance which is the opposite of what we are really thinking? Because they cannot understand....We tell them about 'their' war....and we keep ours secret."(loc3672)
Aug 29, 2014 04:07PM Add a comment
Fear: A Novel of World War I

Sue
Sue is finished with The Rosie Project
Great book and now I will think of audio books in a different way, especially where humor is concerned.
Aug 28, 2014 09:44PM Add a comment
The Rosie Project

Sue
Sue is 14% done with The Book of Disquiet
"The beauty of a Naked body is only appreciated by cultures that use clothing. Modesty is important for sensuality like resistance for energy.
Artificiality is the best way to enjoy what's natural. Whatever I've enjoyed in these vast fields I've enjoyed because I don't live here. One who has never lived under constraints doesn't know what freedom is."
((loc 1305, 1311)
Aug 27, 2014 11:33PM 2 comments
The Book of Disquiet

Sue
Sue is 79% done with Fear: A Novel of World War I
"Here is what I have been without knowing it, what I am: a fellow who is afraid, with an insurmountable fear, a cringing fear, that is crushing him...it would take brute force to drive me out of there..... I depended on my self-esteem to keep me going and I've lost it. How could I still display any confidence, knowing what I know about myself...." (loc 3194) But he does keep going!
Aug 27, 2014 11:24PM Add a comment
Fear: A Novel of World War I

Sue
Sue is on page 103 of 656 of The Mill on the Floss
"And so the respected miller returned along the Basset lanes rather more puzzled than before as to ways and means, but still with the sense of a danger escaped. It had come across his mind that if he were hard upon his sister, it might somehow tend to make Tom hard upon Maggie at some distant day, when her father was no longer there to take her part...." (p 89)
Aug 27, 2014 11:17PM Add a comment
The Mill on the Floss

Sue
Sue is on page 230 of 541 of The Odyssey
Calypso in her cave p 154:
Deep inside she sang, the goddess
Calypso, lifting
her breathtaking voice as she glided back
and forth
before her loom, her golden shuttle
weaving.
Thick, luxuriant woods grew around the
cave,
alders and black poplars, pungent
cypress too,...
Four springs in a row, bubbling clear and
cold...
Soft meadows spreading round were
starred with violets...
Aug 27, 2014 11:08PM Add a comment
The Odyssey

Sue
Sue is finished with The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel
"The river runs towars where the sun and moon rise, towards where I once began to travel, towards the sea of the city from which we departed in search of a city on the sea at the other margin of the world.
I long for nothing any more." (loc 1365)
Aug 25, 2014 08:39PM Add a comment
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel

Sue
Sue is 33% done with The Rosie Project
Funny and touching in equal parts.
Aug 24, 2014 10:30PM Add a comment
The Rosie Project

Sue
Sue is on page 72 of 128 of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
Explaining her painting "Watersong", Christi Belcourt states: "The roots in the painting show that there's more to life than what we see, in the spiritual sense. And also that our roots, our heritage, have great influence over our lives. Even if we're adopted, our ancestors are in us, and some of their memories are carried in our blood." She remarks on how we can exist without oil but not without water.
Aug 24, 2014 10:19PM Add a comment
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Sue
Sue is 25% done with The Rosie Project
My first audio book, and I am so loving this. I think this is the type of book audio is probably made for. Thank you Mary.
Aug 24, 2014 02:29PM 8 comments
The Rosie Project

Sue
Sue is 54% done with The Guns of August
"the Russian Second army had ceased to exist, General Samsonov was dead, and of his five corps commanders two were captured and three were cashiered for incompetence." (loc 5909)
Aug 23, 2014 11:54PM Add a comment
The Guns of August

Sue
Sue is 43% done with Fear: A Novel of World War I
"If the Son of God exists, it is at the moment when he bares his heart, while so many hearts are bleeding---that heart so full of love for man. Was it all to no purpose, had his Father sacrificed him pointlessly? This God of infinite mercy cannot be the God of the plains of Artois....
God? come off it, the heavens are empty, as empty as a corpse....
This war has killed God, too." speaking to the priest
Aug 23, 2014 11:48PM Add a comment
Fear: A Novel of World War I

Sue
Sue is 43% done with Fear: A Novel of World War I
""The action of a hero is a paroxysm and we don't know what causes it. At the height of fear, you can see men becoming brave; it is a terrifying kind of bravery because you know it's hopeless. Pure heroes are as rare as geniuses. And if in order to get one hero you have to blow ten thousand men to pieces, then we can do without heroes." Dartemont (or the author?) speaking to one of his nurses. (loc 1753)
Aug 23, 2014 11:42PM Add a comment
Fear: A Novel of World War I

Sue
Sue is 50% done with The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel
"I had already tried to imagine a kind of existence in which I was not a possession, but it did not come easily to me.... Suddenly I saw: here in this city I would never become a grandmother. Here I functioned as a mother til my children were as high as my hip; then I lost all say over them. They disappeared from my life.For me there was no continuation, no links backwards or forwards. there was coming and ending."
Aug 23, 2014 11:33PM Add a comment
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel

Sue
Sue is finished with Butterfly Kills: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
Nothing like a restorative mystery break, when it's a good one, to cleanse the reading palate!
Aug 22, 2014 07:26PM Add a comment
Butterfly Kills: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery

Sue
Sue is on page 58 of 128 of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
Asked what inspired him to create a Native American super hero, Arigon Starr (Kickapoo, Muscogee Creek, Cherokee and Seneca) stated "Thinking about me and my sister as kids looking for something to read that had Native people in it. Anywhere. Even as a sidekick. I hope my work inspires other kids to write their stories, too". He also cited a long history of Native sequential art in the pictographs, stories in art.
Aug 22, 2014 02:14PM Add a comment
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Sue
Sue is 15% done with Collected Poems, 1930-1993
From My Sisters, O My Sisters
To be Eve, the giver of knowledge, the
lover;
To be Mary, the shield, the healer and the
mother,

The balance is eternal whatever we may
wish;
The law can be broken but we cannot
change
What is supremely beautiful and strange.
Where find the root? Where re-join the
source?
The fertile feminine goddess, double river?
(loc 1192)
Aug 21, 2014 03:17PM 5 comments
Collected Poems, 1930-1993

Sue
Sue is 12% done with The Book of Disquiet
"And so, leaning over the bridge, I wait for the truth to go away and let me return to being fictitious and non-existent, intelligent and natural." (loc 1138)
Aug 21, 2014 03:10PM 4 comments
The Book of Disquiet

Sue
Sue is 25% done with The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel
"I knew it from long back. I have known it here, too, I admit honestly to you, trusty baobab, confidant, home, fort, water source, medicine chest, honey holder, my refuge, my last resort before a change of residence over which I shall have no control at all, my midpoint, guardian of my passionate outbursts, leafless coagulated obesity winter and summer life-giving rocking cupola of leaves and flowers...."words stream
Aug 21, 2014 03:05PM Add a comment
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel

Sue
Sue is 51% done with The Guns of August
"the Russians were dependent on German telegraph lines and offices, and when these were found destroyed they resorted to sending messages by wireless...because their divisional staffs lacked codes and cryptographers." "At sight of an airplane, The first they had ever seen, Russian soldiers, regardless of its identity, blazed away with their rifles, convinced that such a clever invention...could only be German."(5258)
Aug 21, 2014 02:57PM Add a comment
The Guns of August

Sue
Sue is 27% done with Fear: A Novel of World War I
"The useless victory which consisted of capturing a bit of the enemy trenches was paid for by the massacre of our soldiers. We could see the dead men in blue spread out between the lines. We knew that their sacrifice had been in vain and ours, which was about to follow, would be too....It was now a matter of politics, not strategy." (loc 1073-79) then the descriptions become very, very precise, emotional, difficult.
Aug 21, 2014 02:48PM Add a comment
Fear: A Novel of World War I

Sue
Sue is 15% done with Butterfly Kills: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
I'm drawn in immediately, as I was in Cold Mourning. I;m glad to be back with Rouleau and Stonechild
Aug 21, 2014 02:41PM Add a comment
Butterfly Kills: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery

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