30 April 2009
I'm taking a break before I read the final three books. I'm interested to see if the fact the L.M. didn't want to write them shows in the stories. She has a very playful tone in her books, with the occasional shot of irony. I wonder if the books she didn't want to write will be more bitter or something?
20 April 2009
I didn't know that snakes were known for their monkey fighting skills.
19 April 2009
Back to Anne, as for the book itself, it actually is pretty great and I totally see why it's adored by millions of little girls across the world. I didn't read this book when I was younger, I think I tried but it didn't capture me. I think, had I kept reading, I would have loved it then. Anne really is an unique character, and the community she lives in seems so much more interesting than the one I grew up in. But, I think, had I read it then, I wouldn't have wanted to be Anne so much as I'd want her to be my friend. And, perhaps, had I read this book years ago, my disdain for PEI wouldn't be nearly as great as it currently is.
One thing that L.M. Montgomery is wonderfully adept at is describing nature. Her book The Blue Castle is one of my all-time favourite books, in-part because of her beautiful descriptions of Muskoka. She really is able to capture the way Muskoka looks and feels. I hadn't known, but that is a hallmark of hers, and all her books contain such evocative descriptions of nature, Anne included.
Also, and this has nothing to do with the book, but I love the symmetry - or maybe it's synergy - of reading a book with a character named Anne Shirley, when I was so recently commenting on the name of Shirley.
13 April 2009
Last night I finished Shirley (by Charlotte, for those of you who care about that kind of thing). At its centre it's the story of the courtship of two couples, but it's also about the limited options for women in days past, as well as the Napoleonic wars and Luddite riots in England (Big shout-out to the Luddites! I am descended from the Luddites, as my father is one).
One really interesting fact is that, when she wrote this book in 1849, C. Bronte was the first person to use "Shirley" as both a first and feminine name. Up until then, it was only a surname. How cool is that? Think of someone you know named Shirley - she has Charlotte Bronte to thank for her name.
And, perhaps most importantly, we have Charlotte Bronte to thank for this:
(the "altogether" is just bonus).
08 April 2009
On a slightly related note, I've committed to reading the Anne of Green Gables books. I figured that since I am female, Canadian, and living in the maritimes that it was about time I read them.
04 April 2009
Of course, my sister-in-law had to go one-up me. Two days after my sighting of Thomey, she went to the taping of a CBC radio show and Shaun Majumder was there. Not only did she see him, but during one of the breaks she went up to talk to him and shook his hand. I'm so jealous. Majumder totally trumps Thomey. I mean, Majumder knows Kiefer Sutherland. Poor Greg just can't compete.
First, Willow and Wesley had a baby (together) and gave it a horrible name, Satyana. Which, I found out, is Sanskrit for "a vehicle for action infused with the grace of spirit." Really. I think even "Buffy" would have been a better name. And I have no idea how to pronounce that. Is it like it looks? Or is Sanskrit like Gaelic in that nothing sounds like you would think?
Then, I find out that even Spike thinks he's too old to play Spike anymore. Dude's 46!
And, sadly, Lorne died. Unlike the geriatric Spike, Lorne was only 33 (which, think about Lorne being 13 years younger than Spike. Weird). That's really sad. He did such a great job with that character. In honour, I'm posting a the dance of joy. Because we should celebrate his life.
(I love Numfar's dance).