Home Again on the Wise-Eyed Boat…

After a week of travel to spend time with the Grandboy, I have returned home and am trying to reorient myself. Waiting at home for me was a package from Hesperus Press, with three little treasures: In a German Pension, by Katherine Mansfield; Leslie Castle, by Jane Austen; and Claudine’s House, by Colette. There was also a package from Amazon, with a good used copy of the soundtrack to the movie, Picture Bride (lovely music).

At the moment, I am immersed in 3 books at the same time, each totally different from the other–Love in the Time of Cholera; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and To Kill a Mockingbird— but the juxtaposition of the three is magical!

And then there’s laundry to do and errands to run. Home again on the wise-eyed boat…


12 thoughts on “Home Again on the Wise-Eyed Boat…

  1. Nymeth

    As you know, I’ve read the first recently, and will be reading the other two soon. It will be great to exchange impressions with you!


  2. Matt

    Love in the Time of Cholera is one of my (10) favorite novels. Although 100 Years of Solitude is often hailed as Garcia Marquez’s best, I find this one more affectionately written. It’s a beautiful tale of love and endurance.

    It is a tapestry of the complicated human emotions: love, repression, nostalgia, sex, concupiscence, and pride. It is a tale of morbidly repressed love, of passion, of obsession, and of indomitable longing and fulfillment. Garcia Marquez, with an incredulously detached voice and matter-of-fact manner, slowly unfolds the story with succulent details and lyrical exuberance. Piercing fluidity and precision of words accentuate the beauty of prose.

    Enjoy. 🙂


  3. Robin

    Thanks, Tanabata!

    Nymeth, yes, it will be fun to exchange ideas on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and To Kill a Mockingbird. I loved your post on Love in the Time of Cholera, which is why I’m reading the book now! I could tell from what you said about it that I would love it…and I am completely enthralled with it.

    Matt, Wow! I love your comment! I haven’t read 100 Years of Solitude, but I don’t know how anything else can quite equal this book. It is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites, too.


  4. Robin

    Oops! Gentle Reader, I missed your comment! Yes, I love coming home to find new books waiting. These were particularly fun because they came all the way from England!


  5. Bookfool

    Is that Ping walking down the ramp in your bottom photo? I loved Ping as a child.

    Welcome back! I’ve been away, also.

    I love To Kill a Mockingbird. Haven’t gotten around to Love in a Time of Cholera, but I need to. I’ll look forward to your thoughts.


  6. Robin

    Hi Bookfool! Yes, that’s Ping walking down the ramp. I was raised on Ping…and “home again on the wise-eyed boat” is part of our family’s vocabulary, and the essence of Ping! I’m pleased you recognized him. Welcome back, too!


  7. Bellezza

    I love The Story of Ping! My mother read it to me all the time when I was a child; one doesn’t see it very often any more. I always dreaded getting spanked on the Yangzee River. 🙂 Isn’t it fun to arrive home to packages? I had a similar experience yesterday, and it almost felt like a birthday.


  8. Robin

    Bellezza, Ping was part of my family growing up and then my again for my own kids. Of course, we’ll introduce him to the Grandboy before too long, too!


  9. Robin

    Hi Nan,
    That “home again on the wise-eyed boat” phrase is such a part of our family’s vocabulary! Isn’t it wonderful how certain books become another member of the family?



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