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…

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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!

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  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. 🙂

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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