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Kathryn is on page 146 of 958 of The Far Pavilions
The first section of the book -- the boy born of British parents who believes he's Indian -- was a little rough, not because Kaye can't write but perhaps because she writes so well and the descriptions of Ash's life as a servant in a remote cut-throat Indian palace were so harsh. But now that he's returned to India after being schooled in Britain, the culture clash within his soul is fascinating. Definite page-turner
Jun 28, 2013 01:14PM Add a comment
The Far Pavilions

Kathryn
Kathryn is 46% done with This Time Tomorrow
Since this is fiction I don't want to give away any spoilers but this is heart-thumping.
Jun 27, 2013 03:05PM Add a comment
This Time Tomorrow

Kathryn
Kathryn is 46% done with This Time Tomorrow
The descriptions of life in the trenches are making my heart jump -- Colley really puts you right there and I can't put this down....
Jun 27, 2013 03:04PM Add a comment
This Time Tomorrow

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 30 of 958 of The Far Pavilions
This is a reward for finishing my third book (the last chapter of which I'm turning in tomorrow morning). I remember this book making a big splash when it came out but I never got around to reading it -- missed the subsequent adaptation too until last week. I've seen all the episodes but am saving the denouement for the printed page.
Jun 18, 2013 04:04PM 2 comments
The Far Pavilions

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 56 of 416 of Jackdaws
A friend handed me his copy of this book yesterday, wanting my opinion on its historical accuracy. So far so good and it's been so long since I've read anything for entertainment that I'm thoroughly enjoying myself . Will most likely skip the promised descriptions of torture: fiction has a way of being far more graphic than non- and I already know what they did to captured agents...
Jun 16, 2013 08:30AM Add a comment
Jackdaws

Kathryn
Kathryn is 20% done with This Time Tomorrow
The descriptions of life in the trenches are making my heart jump -- Colley really puts you right there and I can't put this down....
Jun 15, 2013 02:55PM Add a comment
This Time Tomorrow

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 16 of 370 of Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War
I thought this story sounded familiar and it was: Humbert was mentioned in And the Show Went On as being part of a very early French resistance group of people connected to the Museum of Man in Paris. She was instrumental in starting the group just to save her sanity, not because she thought they would actually make a difference. So far, her memoir paints a clear picture of the occupation -- very well-written.
Aug 30, 2012 11:40AM Add a comment
Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 263 of 488 of The Beauty and the Sorrow
This is an incredible book. The section I'm currently reading is the description of a French officer at the battle of Verdun, naming the men whose bodies he and the survivors are burying. Next post . . .
Aug 03, 2012 11:23AM Add a comment
The Beauty and the Sorrow

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 263 of 488 of The Beauty and the Sorrow
This is an incredible book. The section I'm currently reading is the description of a French officer at the battle of Verdun, naming the men whose bodies he and the survivors are burying. Next post . . .
Aug 03, 2012 11:23AM Add a comment
The Beauty and the Sorrow

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 54 of 215 of Death at the Fair
I did some research on the Columbian Exposition earlier this year for a musical program on Chicago history so I'm finding this book particularly enjoyable. Reading it is like seeing the whole thing in living color, taking it out of the realm of silent B&W photos.
Jul 28, 2012 08:23PM Add a comment
Death at the Fair

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 126 of 476 of Chronicle Of Youth: War Diary 1913 1917
This book is blowing me away. Beautiful writing and it shows clearly the enthusiasm with which the British public initially viewed the war.
Jun 22, 2012 06:34PM 6 comments
Chronicle Of Youth: War Diary 1913 1917

Kathryn
Kathryn is reading Edith Cavell
Page 149: "On 4 August Germany invaded Belgium."
Page 153: "On 3 August German troops crossed the Belgian frontier."
May 18, 2012 09:40AM Add a comment
Edith Cavell

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 209 of 448 of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
This is extremely well-written and brings the conflict to life, from the British point of view, so much so that while reading about the Somme, I had to put it down. Haig apparently thought it good military strategy to send thousands of his troops across no man's land to be caught in the German barbed wire and machine-gunned to death. Month after month, no change in strategy . . . no more reading for today.
Apr 11, 2012 07:56AM Add a comment
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 50 of 163 of Wishful Drinking
I had some time to kill at Barnes & Noble yesterday so I picked this up and headed to the quiet reading corner that was soon transformed into the snickering corner -- I found this to be laugh-out-loud funny.
Nov 16, 2011 06:52AM Add a comment
Wishful Drinking

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 176 of 352 of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
I tire of YA books that portray most adults -- particularly parents of the protagnoist -- as selfish morons, but otherwise, this is fairly compelling.
Oct 14, 2011 12:33PM Add a comment
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 148 of 274 of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I'm still loving the book but am dreading any further mention of Adelaide Addison. Why is it OK to create an ignorant, creepy antogonist who imagines herself speaking for Christ? I've personally known many thinking people of faith, from Catholics to Baptists, and none of them even come close to this woman in terms of disgusting reprehensibility. I sometimes feel like someone with Jewish friends reading Mein Kampf.
Aug 21, 2011 09:10AM Add a comment
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 104 of 598 of When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Great writing that paints a detailed picture of civilian life following three U.S. wars. I'm starting the aftermath of the Civil War now.
Aug 19, 2011 06:52PM Add a comment
When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 58 of 274 of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Loving it so far! I wanted to say that it was a combination of "84 Charing Cross Road" and a Barbara Pym novel but I think it stands apart in its uniqueness. I'm noticing that many of my GR friends lost interest in the book's second half so I've been put on alert.
Aug 19, 2011 06:51PM Add a comment
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Kathryn
Kathryn is starting When Johnny Comes Marching Home
I skipped around last night and read a few chapters regarding the Civil War. Fascinating look at the transition from the military to civilian life after three major U.S. conflicts.
Jul 17, 2011 02:27PM Add a comment
When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 74 of 288 of The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song
I kept waiting to become engrossed as I had been while reading Oliver Sack's "Musicophilia" but that book offered more of the human interest angle while this one is more technical and scientific. Interesting but a little dry for my taste. Not sure I'm going to continue . . .
Jul 17, 2011 02:22PM Add a comment
The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song

Kathryn
Kathryn is on page 123 of 256 of Midnight Magic
Another book my 16 year-old is forcing me to read and it's an entertaining break from my usual non-fiction fare. Good characters, exciting storyline; I'm totally into it.
Jun 17, 2011 06:11AM Add a comment
Midnight Magic

Kathryn
Kathryn is starting Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe
"Time and the nature of the fighting have swept away every vestige of what will probably remain the largest air war in human history."
May 16, 2011 06:45AM Add a comment
Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe

Kathryn
Kathryn is starting Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe
"Visit the battlefield at Verdun and the shell-torn land still harbors wounds even a century has not healed. Not so with the titanic struggle to control Europe's skies during the six years it took to defeat Nazi Germany. Those skies are empty now; there are no telltale scars to be found among the clouds."
May 16, 2011 06:45AM Add a comment
Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe

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