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My 231st Post, Not to be the Last one…

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, HOME, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2009 by echostains

I can’t believe it’s my 231st post already!  Where does the time go?  So far, I have managed to blog approximately 226 days out of the 231, so I’m very happy with that!  The next update I will do is when I reach my 250th.

So what have I actually written about? (in the last 11 posts) and did I actually get round to doing any more in my altered book (answer: NO).  I commemorated Modigliani and Degas’s birthdays.

Modigliani

Modigliani, see his birthday

Modigliani, see his birthday

Degas

Included more Weird and Whacky designs.  Looked at how Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project was coming along, and  I dipped into my archives (YES I have got archives lol!)

angel_of_the_north,one of many he did earlier

I reviewed ‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie – a book I recently enjoyed.

daphne by justine picardie

daphne by justine picardie

Oh and I enjoyed a night out at the tiny Circus Tavern in Manchester City centre!

the circus portland street manchester

the circus portland street manchester

Things to do include working on my altered art book (and I know I KEEP on saying it…), writing some more in my Art I LOVE section, including some more teapots…and well, just loads and loads!

UPDATE:  I have now completed over 300 posts!  See HERE

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‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie: The Infernal World of the Lost Boy

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, WATCHED with tags , , , , on July 14, 2009 by echostains

I have finished reading this book at last.  It isn’t a particularly lengthy book, neither was it tedious.  The reason it has taken me so long to read is that I was savouring every page!   That’s quite unusual for me, I like to gallop through a book when I’m really enjoying it – and I did enjoy this!

daphne by justine picardie, a jolly good read

daphne by justine picardie, a jolly good read

Picardie’s extensive research really pays off.  There is an air of authenticity about the book, the sense of the author being in the ‘know’.  I like the way that the story is told from three very different perspectives, and two different points in time.  I have read Du Maurier’s ‘rival’s book by Winfred Gerin, and never realised that they were in direct competition with each other.  I think I shall have to read ‘The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte‘ and ‘Branwell Bronte  again to compare them.  I have them both but  it’s a long time ago since I read either of them.

Last night I dreamed I went to Mandelay or was it Menabilly?

Last night I dreamed I went to Mandelay or was it Menabilly?

I could almost smell the mildew on Emily’s notebook and the obsession and desperation of the disgraced Symington.  The marriage between the girl  (now I come to think of it, her name isn’t mentioned either by Paul her husband who calls her ‘sweet girl’ or his ex wife Rachel, who refers to her as ‘my assistant’) and Paul seems a little bit surreal and gets off to a bad start by the ex wife’s Rachel’s only too  real presence.   This could be likened to Max De Winter’s dead wife interference with his new young wife….(and I can’t recall her name either).  But there the similarities end,  as the outcome of each marriage differ: one overcoming obstacles and even death (battling with a ghost whose presence is kept alive by Danvers), whilst the other ends with both partners outgrowing each other (thanks to the presence of another ‘ghost’, this one very much alive: ex wife Rachel!)

branwell bronte, the lost boy

branwell bronte, the lost boy

I wasn’t too sure about the J M Barrie connection and the Lost boys though.  I mean there IS a real connection with Du Maurier’s family but I don’t think the extra twist was really needed.  In my opinion, Branwell is the real Lost Boy and seems destined to be eternally irretrievable.  Loved this book though and shall be reading more by this author!

Warning: this book is a page turner!  try to slow down and savour the experience.

More Bronte Bites from me HERE;

York Break: Haworth still wuthering after all these years

Will the REAL Charlotte Bronte PLEASE Stand Up!

Back in the Picture

Watched: ‘Most Haunted’ The Black Bull Haworth: Tales of the Much Expected

Dear Reader I READ it ‘The Bronte’s Haworth’ by S R Whitehead

Dear Reader I read it: ‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie and ‘Christ the Lord, out of Egypt’ by Anne Rice

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES with tags , , , , on June 12, 2009 by echostains

christ the lord by Anne Rice

christ the lord by Anne Rice

Hhehe, this is not quite true, but  I have nearly finished Anne Rice’s ‘ Christ the Lord,  Out of Egypt’ and I’ve just started ‘Daphne’by Justine Picardie.  ‘Daphne’ promises to be a good read already, judging from the first few pages I have read.

'daphne' by justine picardie, looks to be a promising read

 

'daphne' by justine picardie, looks to be a promising read

The Anne Rice book is a strange one though.  I have read most of her books.  This one heralds her return back to her faith.  It is a fabulous book, featuring all Rice’s storytelling skills and painstaking research, it’s only the subject matter which has changed!  I am loving the child Jesus and where he fits into this very Jewish  family so far…..