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I was referred to an online Book Club called, Senior Learn.org. Starting April 15th they are reading and discussing Wilkie Collins' historical murder mystery, "The Moonstone". If you would like to join the adventure in reading history's first penned murder mystery, please check out Senior Learn's web site. Here's a brief blurb about the book, from Amazon.com:

"Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as "The Moonstone" resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home — with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail. Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with numerous twists and turns."

If you wish not to join, I'll share my mini review of the book in April. So either way you'll hear more about this historical book. emoticon

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Thanks for the recommendation!

There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.

- Josh Billings, 19th Century Humorist


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Finished this Amazon Kindle eBook freebie, “The House of Women” by Anne Whitfield. Here’s my brief review posted on Good Reads:

“Well written, authentic dialog and a plausible Victorian premise make for a leisure reading experience. It’s over flowing with typical family dramatics: marriage arrangements, money difficulties, coveted social status, and misguided egocentric ambition. The characters, primary and secondary, fill the pages with vivid personality varieties, conventional Victorian household activity and well placed background stories. An enjoyable read and one I would recommend.”

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"The Agency", a Mary Quinn Mystery, by author Y.S. Lee does look intriguing. I've added this author to "fan" list on Good Reads. Thank you for the literary share, GospelClown.

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I just ordered it on Kindle I like my Kindle but I also miss books too.

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It sounds like a good book i'll have to read it.

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I have located a "Who Done It" book from a local book store. I saw the cover and was admiring the Victorian costume on the heroine... and the sales lady started to commend the novel. It is one of three and she had enjoyed them.

What was I to do? Just let her chat and gush and then walk away?

So I bought book #1 of "The Agency", a Mary Quinn Mystery. The author is Y.S. Lee.
The first in the series is "A Spy In The House". I'm about half way through, so book #2 will have to be purchased when I go back to work after my week off.

HAPPY READING!

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I've gone crazy at my local library! I have taken out George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, George Eliot's Adam Bede, Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now, and 2 books are on hold in my name: The Mill On The Floss & Vanity Fair by Wm. Makepeace.

Who would like to select one of the above, so I can take back the others? Have any of you ever wanted to read one of my selections?

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The more the merrier, Kimi! I am down to the final pages of a book written by a local Victorian (as in the capital city of my province.) My book has just caught up to the first world war and USA is joining in. I'll be ready to start another book soon.


Marcie, are you going to be crocheting Christmas gifts this year? I have a 18 ct. cross stitch bookmark I want to get finished by Christmas Eve.....

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Hello Victorian Ladies, and Sisters mine ~ Is there room for another to join you here? I am in school and have quite a bit of homework, but I know I can squeeze in time for a good read. I saw the original suggestion of Wuthering Heights (which I have, but haven't read yet) and I know I would really love this group. Just let me know what the next read will be.
Cheers!

Kimberlynn from California

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Let me know when! I'm going to try to finish up my medieval-themed book first!

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Hey, what a great idea!
I have a book out of the library right now and I have to have it finished in 14 days. (I can't renew it again.)

The first book in the series was a Victorian theme about my hometown and the second one that I have starts at the roaring 20's. The author is local and the printing of the book was very small.

Soon I will be ready to read with the Victoriana gals!

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Anyone interested in starting this up again? Or sometime soon once we find a book to try?

"For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived
Makes every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
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Anyone have a new title we should embrace? I haven't read anything remotely Victorian is such a long time.

To the library!

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I just finished reading "Rogue's Wedding" by Terry Griggs. It was up for a Governer General's Award in 2000 and it was a fun romp with lots of Victorian references.

It was written about Ontario, Canada in the 1890's. It isn't elegant...

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I liked her too, poor thing.

Lori: What was the movie version like?

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I would talk to the mayor too just to see if he seemed balanced at the time of the interview.

I liked the daughter and I appreciated how she took care of her mom AND did a shift at the hotel pub. (I think she showed initiative!) Too bad much of her life had her in a victim mode... but I liked her.

And you?

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I don't know how I feel about the Mayor. He had a lot of quirks I really didn't like.

I think I would still want to meet him to ask what his motivations were at points...

I liked Farfrae a lot better as a male character. Who was your favorite female character?

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But To-day well lived
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And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
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The reading was like a snowball rolling down the hill... I started and didn't want to stop!

Lots of action/ events, great twists and turns and I appreciated how the character traits were so different and they carried thru the entire novel.

Could you like the Mayor? Would you have liked to meet him?

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I did enjoy it. I like the coincidences in Hardy, because I think they're subtler than some other Victorian authors, like Dickens.

What did you think of it, Karen?

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Look well therefore to this Day! "
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Did you enjoy reading The Mayor of Castorville? Why?




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I'm so sorry. Life was so nuts, I only just finished the book.

What should we all discuss?

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Look well therefore to this Day! "
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I had the feeling as though he ignored her and apathy was his relationship style. Worse than anger, I find indifference a sore point (too close to my life experience).

They seemed to move in the same direction but not as a team.



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Joining TOPS--that's great, Lori. I hope it works out well for you!

Karen: I would say "strained" might describe their relationship. What do you say?

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But To-day well lived
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And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
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Ok, I better get watching the movie then, but not tonight or tomorrow, I actually am going to a meeting tonight, I am joing TOPS club, and tomorrow is Eye Dr day, so my eyes will either get a shot or lasered

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PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS AND MISTAKES AS I HAVE VISION ISSUES
THANK YOU



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I have finished "The Mayor Of Casterbridge" and I recommend it to one and all!

No rush, but give this question a thought as you begin the novel...

Consider how Michael and Susan are walking in the opening scenes. Can you tell us about their relationship???

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Awww.... That is so nice of both of you!

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PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS AND MISTAKES AS I HAVE VISION ISSUES
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that's why we picked it!

Marcie will be a bit delayed- she has started the book but life is hectic right now.

I am enjoying the twists and turns.

CHEERS!

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We are reading the Mayor of Casterbridge? I have that movie I believe.

Coleader of Rootin For Ruby, And proud to be a Ruby Lite

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PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS AND MISTAKES AS I HAVE VISION ISSUES
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I may not get as much read as I hoped...but I'll be working on it....!

I started it yesterday during my two hour delay for work--it's pretty interesting so far!

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But To-day well lived
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And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
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I'll start this weekend too. I've been reading a Simple Abundance book and I'm almost finished it today.

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I got the book! Should have a good amount of time to read this weekend. Yay!

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And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived
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And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
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Let me see if I can track it down this week. If not, I'll try to get it in my Netflix queue!

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And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived
Makes every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
--From Kalidasa's "Salutation of the Dawn"


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BOOK IDEA for Feb/ March:
Why not read Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" OR watch in on video if it is available in your area?

Lori rec'd the movie for Christmas... I have put a hold on the paperback at my library branch.

Let me know what you thing, gals.

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I'd love to hear Lori's take on the movie also... do tell! (Love it or hate it, let us know.)

I will be at the library this weekend, I hope, and I will do some poking around for ideas for another title.

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:D


So Lori--you've been quiet--what did you think of the story, since you saw the film??


Do we have any ideas for our next read?

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Maybe the number of characters was a bit complicating. I had a 'cheat sheet' of names and characteristics as my bookmark.

That being said, it was certainly realistic and a bit like a soap opera. I'd write it the same way!

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Was there anything you didn't like about the novel?

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And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived
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Look well therefore to this Day! "
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While it would be interesting to find out more about Maud and Roland and what does/doesn't develop, I think the story is a good standalone. I think it's about the romantic quest--and that it's satisfied with the final discovery of the box on Ash's coffin (and the postscript--which makes me cry every time!)

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And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived
Makes every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
--From Kalidasa's "Salutation of the Dawn"


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Does this story stand alone or is it begging for a Part 2, in your opinion?

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That WAS great!

I also really liked when they were in Christabel's room and Maud realizes where the "treasure" is! It's exciting!

"For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived
Makes every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
--From Kalidasa's "Salutation of the Dawn"


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2/4/10 12:26 A

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I loved the transition scene where Roland and Maude are driving under a train trestle and then the scene pans to Christobel and Randolf inside an old train.

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2/3/10 8:26 P

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The poems really are full of clues! It is more exciting the second time (or fourth time) round for sure!

I think my favorite scene is when Randolph and Christabel are meeting to go on their secret trip to Yorkshire. I just love the shot of him watching Christabel stride towards him past the flower sellers in her evergreen cape....definitely makes me want to be back in those days! Particularly if I can go meet up with Jeremy Northam!

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2/3/10 6:07 P

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In the movie, do you have a favourite scene?

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2/2/10 11:48 P

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I did read each and every one of them while reading the novel. I like poetry.

I wasn't picking up the little nuggets of interest in a first reading... then I appreciated how very "C.S.I." it became once the folks were unwrapping the mystery.

Certain words became like a smoking gun in the second reading of the poetry.

so, my answer is: The poetry was important for the book but the movie worked well even without the verse and "hot" words.

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2/2/10 7:31 P

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Well, we had to study the poetry for its own worth in my Victorian class in college--where I read this the first time--then I would have rather not studied it in depth. But now, having looked at them carefully to appreciate them, I really do love them in the book. I don't think it would be the same without them. What do you think?

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2/1/10 11:04 P

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In the book quite a lot of poetry is there for the reader. In the movie, Maud quotes a bit here and there to help the plot.

Is the poetry all that important to you?

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2/1/10 9:23 P

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I think it's a nice one. Oh, and need I say it again? Aaron Eckhart AND Jeremy Northam!

*swoons and faints away, smiling*

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I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie! No Beatrice, no Val, no landlady, characters multi-task for the ones missing and all the character's backgrounds are mixed up but the director explains that in his dialogue & background info.

I was a treat to see the British and French countrysides.

I will recommend the video!

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1/30/10 1:58 P

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I felt bad for Beatrice. I think she never really had the chance to do what Maud and Roland got to do because of the time period she went to school/grew up in.

I liked her protectiveness. I think she's kind of a neat character, though I agree--she doesn't seem to be all that much at the first impression of her.

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Beatrice Nest didn't leave much of an impression on me when she was first introduced. And she was an expert on a "dull" writer (journal writer) who seemed to be keeping history balanced and straitlaced.

Beatrice was thorough and protective. She tried to keep things unruffled by the vultures just like Ellen Ash tried.

Beatrice didn't seem to have much power because she worked so close to men of big egos. She was able to interupt the wrong that was being planned.

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1/30/10 7:05 A

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What did you think of Beatrice Nest?

(She is the lady in charge of Ellen Ash's papers in the novel, instead of Roland as in the movie.)

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I don't know. In the "old" part of the novel, I would say that I think Ash was most possessed--since he was the one that started the correspondence with Christabel, and seemed to be the one to keep things going. Think he was a little "possessed" with her! Though maybe that medium lady was the most "possessed"!!

In the modern part of the story, I think it's Cropper. While Maud and Roland are possessed with wanting to know more, I think Cropper's inappropriate possession/obsession with getting artifacts and all things Ash at all costs gives him the dubious prize.

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Who do think displayed the strongest possession trait?

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