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  1. tamd

    Aisha Malik

    Might give that a shot, depends on Kindle. I was lucky with "Sophia Kahn", found it on sale, book stores having a difficult time......and a good day to all.
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    Aisha Malik

    I have twelve pages to read, one of those books I do not want to finish. Writer is English, parents from Pakistan. Central character is a practising Muslim, five prayers per day, and wears the hijab. The book has real humour and I have done a lot of reading while visiting Tim Horton's for coffee, laughed out loud a lot and enjoyed the serious sections also: last time I was this impressed with a writer was when I discovered Denise Mina and "Exile". Title of the book is, "Sofia Khan is not Obliged"...had that as a "tag" but got an "error".
  3. tamd

    Aisha Malik

    I have twelve pages to read, one of those books I do not want to finish. Writer is English, parents from Pakistan. Central character is a practising Muslim, five prayers per day, and wears the hijab. The book has real humour and I have done a lot of reading while visiting Tim Horton's for coffee, laughed out loud a lot and enjoyed the serious sections also: last time I was this impressed with a writer was when I discovered Denise Mina and "Exile".
  4. tamd

    Happy Easter

    Didnae know where else tae post....on holiday, in Perth...booked car tae be picked up at Glasgow Airport, showed the man my confirmation and I thought I had a bargain, £1,000 for 19 days, it is what the confirmation said....man said it was a mistake, real price £4,400 and something about tax...needless tae say I have been doing a lot of walking....wanted to spend a bit of time in Glasgow and Manchester but all travel is being re-thought...someone in Canada sked about the weather and it is fine for me, had tae laugh because Ridgetwon, very recently, had an ice storm..just noticed that this computer, like my ain, sometimes spells ridgetown wrong... Came tae buy heatring aids and prices here have doubled in the past year and a half.....now about the sme as Ontario....you lot are hand in hand with the americans over bombing, a shame really but Blair did the same thing.....governments are afraid of the US and people are afraid of insurance companies... PS cannae get on with my IPad, am now at the wonderful Perth Library
  5. tamd

    James Joyce

    a wee bitty learnin....a "Joyce" character says a ""deoc an dorius" and my immediate thought was to the song, the song sung, perhaps spoken, many times at 4A Ruthven Place, Perth. The Scots spelling is a wee bit different and on a personal note, by the time I was leaving any festive occasion, the "wee wifey" would have been long out of mind.
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    James Joyce

    Joyce:- typing "Joyce" is to remind me to stay on topic....will give it a go....Had to open the kindle, couldn't remember the title of the story I am reading, one from "Dubliners", The Dead I hope. Took a few pages but when Gabriel and Gretta are ready to retire, YES, Joyce will get yah, I hope. I have read "That Summer in Paris", Callaghan, it is the summer when Callaghan met James and Mrs. Joyce....(cannae remember her fist name). Morley speaks of the last four paragraphs of Ulysees, describes them as a soliloquy and writes that after meeting Mrs. Joyce he saw her, in those paragraphs the inspiration for Molly Bloom's words: I see Gretta as Mrs, Joyce, a woman much loved by her husband.
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    The Fall:- I wrote a little piece about Fall and our local, weekly paper printed it. I doubt the paper (Independent News) has a circulation of four thousand and it prints only local happenings, not provincial, national or world events. A lady sent e-mail to me, said there was no doubt in her mind that my favourite season had to be the Fall and that I wouldn't argue with. No idea where Rory is going to visit but one of the places worth visiting in the Fall is Point Pelee National Park, the birthplace of thousands on Monarch butterflies. They arrive from Mexico in the spring lay their eggs or whatever which turn into caterpillers. Point Pelee is rich in milkweed and that is what the Monarchs feast on. They leave us in the Fall and head south, destination for most is Mexico and their first hurdle is Lake Erie.....my understanding is that their life cycle is one year and they make a one way trip either to Mexico or Point Pelee. Another thing about fall is that the month of October is the busiest month for tourists visiting Niagara Falls and that bit of info came from a man who does sightseeing tours for a living; he also told me that the tourists in October are eighty to ninety percent Chinese......and Fall is the start of hockey.
  8. I have wanted to for some time; Parnell, Michael Collins, Brendan Behan, Sheridan, Swift and so many others. Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor has been made into a TV series and I have watched quite a few episodes, so if I do get to Ireland I will surely visit Galway.....will see what the doctor says on Thursday.
  9. tamd

    James Joyce

    Sam that is too bad, one of my daughters bought the kindle for me and I took to it right away but I do admit to visiting Book Brothers often. It is, for me, typical of many second hand book shops, a couple of weeks ago I picked up a Rankin, was sure I had read everything he wrote but no, this one is new to me. Pat, the snow here is now past a joke. When I walk, as I need to because of the car wreck, I cross a small field along one of it's edges and because of the snow I have to stop at least once in order to do a bit of deep breathing.....and it has been quite cold though not as bad as what we experienced in Ottawa.
  10. tamd

    James Joyce

    Lily, the Caretaker's daughter is now in my kindle....Dubliners '99cents" dlievered.
  11. tamd

    James Joyce

    Three to nine inches of snow due today and I am/might be getting a lift to Chatham for a breathing test. Chatham has a tremendous used book shop and this thread has made it obvious that I need to re-read, "The Dubliner's"....it's been so long ago that I keep thinking that the book was titled, "Dubliners" as opposed to "The Dubliners".
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    James Joyce

    Finnegans Wake: evidently it was first published in a, perhaps more than one, monthly publications under the heading, "work in progress". Morley Callaghan, a Canadian writer wrote, "That Summer in Paris" and the "summer" was the time when Joyce was working on Finnegans Wake. Morley and his wife met with Joyce and his missus and Morley shines the light on a side of Joyce often overlooked. I will look for "The Dead"....Anjelica, one of those performers who never disappoint....
  13. tamd

    James Joyce

    Didn't know what tags meant and typed F. W. which was not accepted. First year English, T. A. was Sister Jerome and the prof was Schweigal; almost certain that spelling deserves the red line. Lectures were done on TV. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was my introduction to Joyce. A little better than fifty years has passed but memory not too bad. First assignment we were told to write anything we wished as long as "it" pertained to what we had taken up until then: I received an F. I talked to the Nun and she said, "you wrote a play". And I had, had Prince Hal discussing with Falstaff, four of the short stories we had taken. I told her that she had said we could write whatever we and she told me that she assumed anyone attending a university would have known that the assignment called for an essay....the prof told her she should allow me to re-write. Portrait was somewhat forgettable for me but because Joyce was held in such high regard I later tried Ulysses, gave up and made a half-hearted attempt to read F.W. Eventually, probably some years later, I read his short stories; "The Dubliners"....not a big fan of short stories but I remember liking a couple by Joyce but much preferred F. Scott Fitzgerald. At some point during class it was mentioned that three "artist's" changed the whole direction in whatever field they practised. Igor Stravinsky, music, Pablo Picasso, artist and James Joyce, literature: cannae see it in any of them. The F.W. copy I have has a forward by "Seamus Deane", general editor for the works of Joyce in Penguin; and he is Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. F.W. is supposed to tell the history of Ireland, it contains a lot of sex and I couldn't find either. And talking to many people I know I have discovered only two people who have read F.W. cover to cover. Both read it because it was assgned and one, when I asked what it was all about, said, "haven't a clue" and he graduated with honours,went on to earn an MBA....so nothing wrong with his head. The other is a retired school teacher who finished grade 9 when he was twelve years old. His university degree had a double major and, difficult to believe but his double major was Latin and Greek; he now speaks six or seven languages....clearly not an idiot. I told him that I was giving F.W. andother try and he said, "why, I had to take it and would never have read the damned thing if I had had a choice. I don't think I will try again with F.W. because a Hans C. Anderson children's story comes to mind....the ending tells that a child recognized that the King was naked.....and....reading that Joyce took fourteen (or so) years to write his masterpiece makes me think that he was very fortuante to have a patron, a lady who supported him and his family...and...he had a brother named Stanislaus and THAT surprised me....
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    A Forgotten Author

    And I have not only never read him but I must confess that the name is/was unknown to me. I have just, once more, quit trying to get anything out of Finnegans Wake.
  15. Been thinking mibbe in March, still dithering, never been to The Republic but I feel the urge, actually, at this time I am/was trying for the fifth time to read Finnegans Wake, will settle for the introduction. A part of the intro does make me wonder, writer says that writers must pay attention to the market place; the context was in regards to making enough money to live on. Joyce, however, had a patron, not one to make him rich but one who did support him and his family.....oh dear, if I keep on the same path I will be completely off topic,,,,anyway, Ireland perhaps for a week before a couple of weeks in and about Perth. A word about Glasgow: I was in the Perth Library some years ago, got into a conversation we a lady and Glasgow was talked aboot. The lady had a faraway look in her eye, said that she loved Glasgow, "it's the sort of place you can never be lonely in"....reasonably sure that is a direct quote.....ay tae that, a couple of people showed me around, a wonderful time, good memories and without a doubt I should have given my camera to Robert, he had an eye.