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MarthaJeanne - Thoughts on books 2023

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 3, 6:06 am

The Good Doctor of Warsaw 4 1/2* It is very hard to read about people in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 hoping to survive until the end of the war. You so want a happy ending, but you know that even if a few survive, the ending cannot be both happy and believable.

This is very well written, and makes you want to keep reading, even during the hardest bits.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 3, 2:57 pm

Am I Normal? Well, of course not. Of course, one of the few things that is really normal is not to be normal. 4 1/2*

tammikuu 3, 4:56 pm

Ravenna 4 1/2* I got this back, and have now finished it. I was lucky enough over 20 years ago now to visit Ravenna with my sister and her husband and their daughter. The daughter knew very well what was worth seeing in Ravenna - as long as it was mosaics. Anytime I tried to stop and see anything else, I got dragged along.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 4, 5:16 am

Mutige Menschen 3* Some of these short biographies were interesting, but one after another after another it wasn't. Apparently to be 'courageous' is usually just to be a decent human being, even if there are a lot of people around who aren't.

BTW, I've had Ravenna upstairs and this book downstairs for several days, as both are big heavy library books, and I didn't want to keep carting either one up and down. Otherwise one of them would have been finished last year.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 5, 12:50 pm

Elementary (Lackey) Many of the stories continue on from Elemental Magic

tammikuu 8, 7:39 am

The christmas spirit 3* I'm feeling generous. The story is not believable, and the ebook has design over the text in the first page of every chapter.

tammikuu 10, 6:47 am

Schluss - mit lustig Funny stories about death and funerals in Vienna. 4*

tammikuu 12, 2:40 am

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 12, 11:21 am

I'm making the squash and leek risotto from Six Seasons. I added some ham. There is a lot of grating. I've done bits and pieces of it through the afternoon. I found a green hokaido squash at the orchard on Saturday, and harvested two of my leeks this afternoon.

I also bought pears at the orchard, so we'll probably have pear and cheese strudel the next time I cook. It's also a good feeling to have a bag of various apples handy, but they are all so small this year.

A bakery I walk past every week, but have never gone into advertises that their stores all have sourdough available all the time. I am also reading Der Duft von frischem Brot. (Currently a library copy.) I think I need a copy of this, and a source of sourdough would be helpful for several of the recipes I want to try.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 13, 5:56 am

Finished the bread book. Not without finding several more recipes to try. 4 1/2

tammikuu 13, 7:31 am

Finished the other cookbook, too. 4 1/2. Oh, yes, the risotto was good.

tammikuu 13, 7:31 am

>8 MarthaJeanne: Is the touchstone correct? I’m sampling the Guillory book, since I read the first in the series; but I’m finding this irritating.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 13, 8:00 am

Yes. Note that the 'series' is just the publisher saying that these are fairy tale modernizations. Quite honestly, the Beauty and the Beast bit isn't that strong. The story gets better as it goes along. I liked this better than the other one.

tammikuu 13, 8:32 am

>13 MarthaJeanne: Thanks. I will continue.

tammikuu 14, 10:57 am

Garden of Lies 4* And just imagine! Back then they didn't have mobile phones!

tammikuu 16, 3:30 pm

I really enjoyed Stephen Greenblatt's recent books, so I borrowed some of his earlier ones. I did get through Marvelous Possessions last year, but Learning to Curse is not going to be finished. For example, I have not read either Marlowe's The Jew of Malta nor Marx's On the Jewish Question, nor do I expect to do so in the foreseeable future. Nor am I terribly interested on how they might relate to each other. The topics of his more recent books interest me more, and his writing has gotten more 'popular' and less academic.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 19, 5:43 am

>10 MarthaJeanne: When I was downtown yesterday I bought Der Duft von frischem Brot along with Barbara van Melle's two more recent books. I also picked up a sourdough starter. I currently have Eferdinger Kartoffelbrot rising. Also a Whole grain nut bread.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 19, 10:06 am

The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley I do remember reading a few of these before. The disambiguation note is certainly true. My book contains the 16 stories listed in members description, not many of the ones in work relationships. But I haven't any idea of how to separate them.

tammikuu 20, 3:23 am

Tomorrow in Shanghai Interesting stories with a Chinese-American backgroung. 4*

tammikuu 20, 5:04 am

Nicht mehr ich 4* This is a horrifying memoir of the author's time as a sister in a Roman Catholic community. It was only when leaving that she was able to see how she had been systematically abused by her superiors.

I won't keep this.

tammikuu 20, 9:50 am

I doubt that I will get much further in Elvis and Me. Two books on a young woman being abused at once is really too much. At least Doris eventually realized that she had been abused. It doesn't sound as though Pricilla ever will.

tammikuu 21, 5:10 am

The Candy House 2 1/2* and I am not going to finish it.

tammikuu 21, 9:26 am

No. A Girl in the Wild 1* and giving up after 30 pages. I assume that she has to be older than the 15, 16 years her writing style would indicate. Full of bad language and cliches. BTW, also, of course using an English title for a book written in German.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 22, 10:57 am

The Quiet Gentleman I am planning to reread a few Heyers, as well as some science fiction I came across looking for a story I didn't find.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 23, 9:35 am

A Modest Proposal

In response to Whoever came up with that cover had certainly not read the book. This is easily available from Gutenberg, and is very short.

tammikuu 23, 9:38 am

>25 MarthaJeanne:

Yes, that was absurd!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 23, 1:18 pm

I'm slowly working my way through Woman made, and while there are some very impressive pieces, in general I am finding that men do not have a monopoly on designing ugly, impractical pieces of furniture or housewares.

When it comes time to rate, do I base that on my opinion of the designs shown or of the care taken to show a wide selection and the quality of the writing?

tammikuu 24, 7:15 am

>27 MarthaJeanne: I guess part of my problem is that i primarily want furniture to sit on, and not to look at. I don't think a light fixture should be casting shadows across my book. If these pieces are important enough to be shown in big art museums, they certainly don't belong in my living room. But if I see a sofa or chair, my first thought is whether or not I would want to sit in it, and second how it would fit into a room. Not on display for itself.

tammikuu 24, 7:44 am

For a book focused on creativity, that front cover is awful.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 26, 7:24 am

I just got through Invisible without it feeling at all familiar. Apparently I read it last March. After a while Danielle Steel just feels like Danielle Steel. The book really isn't very memorable. I guess I'll move it down to 3* from 3 1/2.

Just checked. I have The High Notes from OverDrive, but have not entered it.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 27, 3:15 pm

Finished Woman Made. Two more complaints. Many pictures would be more useful if dimensions of the object were given. The designers are listed alphabetically, meaning that things jump around a lot in both time and space.

3* I guess for all my problems with the book, I'm still glad that it exists and that I read it.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 27, 3:51 pm

A Bicycle Made for Two 4* The plot is ridiculous, but the characters are amazing, and it all ends happily. I'm not keeping it, but it was fun.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 15, 11:37 am

Giving up on Die Flapper. I've got the German translation from the library, and it is ghastly. My feeling is that the original is probably fine, but there are so many problems with the translation that I need to quit. This is after over 200 pages.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 28, 3:46 pm

Finished Elvis and Me 4* Discarding.

tammikuu 29, 7:04 am

And Finally: Matters of Life and Death 4* A little hard to read as we wait for Jerry's radiotherapy to start. Marsh does not seem to have his ideas about lifa and death sorted out.

tammikuu 30, 10:05 am

Managing expectations Never heard of this actress or her movies, and don't really want to, either.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 7:37 am

Laib mit Seele 4 1/2* >17 MarthaJeanne: This is the bread book. The other one is buns and such. I am working on a spelt bread that had better be good. Three days of sprouting spelt. Then last night activating the sourdough. Everything is together now, and it is more resting than rising with occasional fiddling. Eventually it gets put in a loaf pan and left to rise over night before finally being baked. So I can report back tomorrow.

BTW, the title is rather cute. Laib is loaf. However Leib is a homonym meaning body. Seele is soul.

helmikuu 1, 4:46 am

>37 MarthaJeanne: Well, after all the things I did wrong last night and this morning, I at least ended up with a tasty bread. Denser than I prefer, but quite edible. Maybe even worth trying again sometime.

helmikuu 1, 9:01 am

>38 MarthaJeanne: You’ve at least reminded me that I need to grow some sprouts.

helmikuu 1, 10:41 am

My count for January is 22.

helmikuu 1, 4:54 pm

helmikuu 2, 6:21 am

I'm enjoying Grains for every season. But now and again I wonder what the purpose is of some recipes. For example, even if Super Fudgy Chocolate Oat Cake with Chocolate Oat Milk Frosting doesn't appeal to me, I can imagine people with allergies and/or vegans reading the title with interest. Until they see that the recipe calls for butter, wheat flour, and an egg.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 2, 7:04 am

Felix Ever After 4* Very good job of making the trans character real. Bet this is on lots of lists of forbidden books.

ETA Yup! Just looked. Plenty of banning.

helmikuu 2, 8:42 am

>43 MarthaJeanne: Borrowed it!

helmikuu 2, 2:40 pm

Currently rereading Sassinak, which I would enjoy more if major plot elements didn't seem to be lifted out of Heinlein Juveniles.

helmikuu 3, 5:12 pm

>45 MarthaJeanne: Finished it. 3* I suppose, and discarding.

helmikuu 5, 6:42 am

helmikuu 6, 2:43 am

I've borrowed the second book in the series, so decided to reread The Rosie Project.

helmikuu 6, 7:05 am

>48 MarthaJeanne: Good move. The first book is the best, in my opinion.

helmikuu 6, 7:15 am

I have book 2 in dead tree form, and 1 and 3 from OverDrive. This is how the library has it. I knew I had liked the first book, but that was three years ago (minus 13 days) so I thought starting again was a good idea, and sure enough, I had forgotten most of the details.

helmikuu 6, 11:23 am

helmikuu 7, 10:46 am

The Intimacy Experiment 4* This should not be as good as it is. The whole premis is totally crazy. So why does it work?

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 9, 8:31 am

The author of Stachel und Staat is convinced that nothing is as fascinating as wasps, bees and ants. Sorry, but I have to disagree. There is a lot more information about these critters in this book than I needed to hear. On the other hand, it carried me through. 4* may be a bit generous.

I will not be keeping this.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 11, 3:57 pm

I'm reading Kate Mosse's Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries but I felt it necessary to add the names of Ida Scudder and Mary Vargese in the margin. They have been heroines of mine since reading their biographies by Dorothy Clarke Wilson as a teenager.

I'm also reading Gute Prinzessinnen kommen ins Märchen. There is a lot of overlap, at least many of these women are also in the other book.

helmikuu 12, 10:09 am

I just finished Ghost Season. It takes place on the border between Sudan and South Sudan in 2002. As it depicts the civil war, it is not an easy read, but it is very well written.

helmikuu 14, 6:13 am

helmikuu 14, 3:38 pm

A Duke for Diana 2 1/2* No!

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 15, 8:41 am

Somehow three books, two of them on knitting, seem to have slipped into my shopping bag today.

helmikuu 15, 9:05 am

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 15, 11:39 am

BTW, the third book is a list with descriptions of 50 spiritual classics. Kanon der spirituellen Literatur Some (few) I have read, although generally a long time ago. It looks like 11 are even by women! Rather than reading this through, I should try to read one of the books, if not every week, then every other. In each case with the help of the comments.

It starts with Cyrill of Jerusalem (That page needs some combining!) I have reserved a greek/german copy to pick up the next time I go to the library.

Second is Evagrius Ponticus which I can read on line.

Apparently I do not have a book of the desert fathers, and I no longer own Augustine's Confessions, however next time I'm downtown, I know where to go with a list of the next books I'm looking for.

It looks like I currently own 10 of the listed books, and have read either that book or others by the author for many more

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 16, 11:32 am

>61 2wonderY: Went to enter the knitting books and found a fourth book in the bag. Ooops indeed. In my defense I have to add that this extra book has a very cute hedgehog on the cover. Die unglaubliche Kraft der Natur (I'll fix the touchstone once it's entered. Touchstone now works, but cover not here yet.) Hmmm. I did not like the other book I read by this author.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 16, 12:41 pm

Entered and went through Japanische Muster stricken? Yes. I found a sweater I want to knit if I can with the red Japanese yarn I've been weaving with. Note: these "Japanese" designs are by a German.

What I like about the book is that seems very well organized, lots of good information about knitting and reading the diagrams. The sweaters are knit raglan style from the top down. I might even manage that. Difficulties include my current general problems with needlework and the fact that I usually use English patterns. I really am not used to knitting from German. But this uses charts mostly so I might be OK.

I think I should try a hat or scarf first before knitting the Naomi sweater. Got it. Rundschal Tomomi.
4 1/2*. (Seeing as how I immediately found 2 patterns I want to make with yarn I already have.)

helmikuu 16, 1:02 pm

>64 MarthaJeanne: See how that purchase saved you money? Justification complete!

helmikuu 16, 3:20 pm

Would have saved even more money if I had never bought the yarn. Then I would not have bought the book either.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 18, 3:42 am

In Lachen, Weinen, Hoffnung schenken, which I read in November, Rabbi Eisenberg strongly recommended reading Der Rabbi von Bacherach: ein Fragment. What the library had was Die Von-Geldern-Haggadah und Heinrich Heines "Der Rabbi von Bacherach" Well, it turns out that the Haggadah is an 18th century manuscript owned by Heine's family, that he would have known as a child. Its location was lost, but now it has been traced, and this book includes full size photographs of the full document, along with Heine's 'Fragment' and several articles about the manuscript and the story. There is also a 19th century translation of the Haggadah into German, which would be useful if you were doing literary studies of Heine, but I'm not, so I skipped that. The print in this book is miniscule.

The story tells of a medieval Seder, at which two strangers arrive. Rabbi Abraham finds out during the meal that they have brought the bloody corpse of a baby to deposit under his table, He flees with his wife, the beautiful Sara. They travel to Frankfurt and join the ghetto there.

This was almost certainly deliberately left as 'a fragment'. Heine moves smoothly between the medieval setting and his own time. He depicts the various characters very well. The basic point of the story is Jewish life in the diaspora, and how the various people deal with the challenges involved. I suspect that the better you know German Jewish culture the more you would get out of it. I don't, but kept recognizing references to things I do know. This is a very carefully written text, with great depth.

It turns out that the Von-Geldern-Haggadah is probably not that useful for understanding Heine's text, but I enjoyed looking at it.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 18, 2:25 pm

Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries 4*

I'm pretty sure I read and enjoyed Labyrinth way beck before I knew about LT.

helmikuu 18, 2:53 pm

>68 MarthaJeanne: hmm. Putting that on my ???? List.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 18, 3:42 pm

>69 2wonderY: Parts of it are rather like reading the phone book. The most interesting parts were where I was watching for certain names - whether of not those names came up. And let's face it, popsingers and modern artists do not interest me at all.

But just having the names of 1000 women who not only made a difference, but can be shown to have made a difference is rather cool.

helmikuu 18, 4:16 pm

Lottes Träume is fun book even when it plays a bit fast and loose with history. It's also noticable that we have a nice "Happy end!" just as the problems are about to really start for Lotte and Franz. Oh, yes, throwing lesbians into the last few chapters is also a bit weird. Beate Maly writes good books, but this one will have to make due with 3 1/2*.

helmikuu 19, 5:50 am

Fragen, die mir zum Holocaust gestellt werden 4 1/2* A very good book by an Auschwitz survivor.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 20, 3:42 am

The Seamstress of Sardinia I enjoyed this. 4*

helmikuu 22, 10:00 am

Ich möchte lieber nicht 2 1/2. I agree with most of what is said here, but it is very poorly said.

helmikuu 22, 10:48 am

helmikuu 24, 3:57 pm

The trader, the owner, the slave Very well written. 4 1/2*

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 24, 5:49 pm

Gute Prinzessinnen kommen ins Märchen 4* I think I'm glad I'm not a princess.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 26, 10:37 am

Simple silk ribbon embroidery by machine 3* I'd rather do it by hand.

Discarding. Maybe someone will see it at Carla who will actually use it.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 26, 1:35 pm

Der Rabe und der schlechte Leumund The book is meant for young people. Each two page spread explains the special qualities of a different animal. 3 1/2*

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 26, 2:55 pm

The Rosie Effect 3 1/2* I have The Rosie Result from OverDrive, but want to give myself a break from Don and Rosie first.

helmikuu 28, 3:05 pm

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 1, 3:02 am

Marias Panzerhemd und Josefs Hosen This book tries to decipher the symbols in Christian art. In general it does a fairly good job of that. It does not aim to help the viewer meditate on the art.

Now and again he misses alternate explanations either for a specific use of a symbol. Or a general alternate meaning for a symbol. Yes. the peacock often symbolizes immortality, but pride is another possibility, as is God seeing everything.

There are many illustrations, although usually too small to really show what they are illustrating. Many other examples are mentioned, and some would be interesting to visit. A lot of these are in Switzerland or northern Italy. 4*

Which brings my February total to 28.

maaliskuu 1, 4:41 am

maaliskuu 1, 8:26 am

Traditional Scandinavian Knitting 3* There is a lot of historical information here, but I'm not a good enough knitter to follow the directions. There are several interesting patterns though, that I may use to personalize a more modern pattern that I can follow.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 3, 3:43 pm

Just for December 3 1/2* Not keeping this one.

BTW Finally picked up the books I ordered mid-January. I'd about given up on them. It's just not worth the bother of trying to get books from the UK.

maaliskuu 5, 2:40 am

Allahs Karawane 4* This book describes several non-standard varies of Islam.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 5, 6:07 am

Mystagogicae catecheses = mystagogische Katechsesen 5*

This was a very good start to my spiritual canon project. I wish I had known this a long time ago, and would very much like to own a good modern English translation.

maaliskuu 5, 12:48 pm

>63 MarthaJeanne: Turns out a nice hedgehog on the cover is not enough 1*. Did not finish.

maaliskuu 5, 3:04 pm

The Toll-Gate Time to replace this copy.

maaliskuu 5, 5:03 pm

>89 MarthaJeanne: That looks like a good one. Heyer is hit or Miss for me.

maaliskuu 5, 5:23 pm

It's one I really enjoy. Which is why I want a new copy. This one has four pieces: The cover and three batches of pages from which the outside pages threaten to fall off. Not fun.

maaliskuu 7, 3:37 am

A terrible kindness 4 1/2*

Can't see properly. Too many tears in my eyes.

maaliskuu 8, 12:37 pm

Wiener Wall Street 4* I hadn't realized how many former banks litter the first district.

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maaliskuu 11, 8:16 am

>95 MarthaJeanne: Hmmmm. I liked this one. I should probably try the second one, eh?

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 11, 9:12 am

And the third - making up the first trilogy of the Valdemar: Publication Order series.

I see I have 48 books in the series, but not the two most recent ones. I suppose I should do something about that. Oh, I see. Of the next trilogy, the first is fully available, the second only in big expensive editions, and the third not at all. Guess I'll wait.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 9:33 am

Zucker, Dattel, Kaviar 2 1/2* This seems to be aimed at school children in English-speaking countries. Translating it into German was probably not a great idea. Discarding.

I have also finished Praktikos

maaliskuu 13, 4:08 pm

Go Down Together 4* but discarding.

maaliskuu 14, 3:56 am

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Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 16, 3:55 pm

Subterranea 4 1/2*

The wide variety of underground venues makes for interesting reading.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 18, 12:25 pm

maaliskuu 18, 5:26 pm

Art and Devotion Drei Leben für die Kunst This is about the lives and art of three Austrian woman artists in one family. 3* The work of the grandmother is impressive, if nothing I would want to look at for more than a short time. The work of her daughter was at least somewhat interesting. The third generation did a lot of abstraction. One admirer said that some of her paintings reminded him of a colonoscopy. I quite agree.

The book is in both German and English, but the English is not smooth.

maaliskuu 20, 4:40 am

Household saints 3* is probably generous.

maaliskuu 20, 5:05 am

I've given Einfach nordisch stricken für Klein und Groß yesterday's date. I've actually leaved through it several times, starting at the bookstore. My verdict: I want the polar bear sweater.

maaliskuu 20, 12:57 pm

I'm nearly done reading Bayeux Stitch and really enjoying it. Really looking forward to trying it out on the griffin I've ordered. But at the same time, I so wish I could discuss it with my friend and teacher Linn Skinner. She would love it, although her period of expertise was somewhat later. Linn is also the person who introduced me to LibraryThing. I miss her so much.

maaliskuu 21, 1:13 pm

>107 MarthaJeanne: Finished now. 5*

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 22, 7:21 am

China 4* I am very glad to finally have finished this. It's a good book, but over 700 pages. I'm discarding it, as I can't imagine doing that again.

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Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 22, 6:21 pm

I've just read the introduction to The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture. I suspect that this was recommended in Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture. Now I realize that I am actually in over my head. That's OK. I certainly need to reread Isaiah if I am going to swim. That's OK, too. But the introduction keeps mentioning the Septuagint and how important it is for the NT quotations. I even have a copy of the Septuagint. But there is no way I can read passages at any length. So I may go in the other direction and use my Jewish Study Bible. If I really need to pull out Isaiah in Hebrew and Greek to follow what Childs writes, I might as well give up right now.

If I can deal with it, it looks like fun, as it follows Christian commentaries on Isaiah from Justin Martyr to the present. Yes, I know, rather a strange idea of fun.

Oh, and it doesn't look like I have a commentary on Isaiah, which might be helpful, too.

maaliskuu 22, 6:44 pm

>111 MarthaJeanne: Do you like Barclay’s commentaries? Probably easy to find.

maaliskuu 22, 6:46 pm

I gave my set to the Methodist church years ago. They aren't very useful for critical studies.

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maaliskuu 24, 3:16 pm

Mrs. Wiggins 4* But a lot of dead people.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 26, 12:07 pm

Der letzte Tanz 3 1/2* Somehow I still have trouble reading Russian names. I'm glad I had seen the English title (former people) because that phrase came up a lot.

maaliskuu 27, 3:17 am

Notorious (Spencer) 1 * is probably generous.

maaliskuu 28, 2:31 am

Finished Meterikon 1* If these people are right I'm going straight to hell.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 29, 3:49 pm

The Nest 4* Yes, totally dysfunctional family, but somehow the book works, and most of them even figure out how to have a life.

BTW, it looks like I'll be up to a book a day for the second month. And several of these were looong ones.

maaliskuu 30, 2:23 am

Kingdom of Characters 4* A surprisingly readable (and understandable) tale of the efforts to fit Chinese characters with modern technology.

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huhtikuu 3, 2:33 pm

I read a good piece of Der Kaiser reist inkognito, and decided that I'm not really that interested in Joseph II, or at least not this side of him. 2*

huhtikuu 4, 4:11 pm

>111 MarthaJeanne: I finished reading Isaiah. Using the JPS translation was interesting, because while parts were very familiar, the words were enough different to make me see them anew. I have also been reading in The Struggle, and have gotten through John Chrysostom.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 8, 4:54 am

Let's Talk About Love 3* Quite outside of anything else, whoever did the cover didn't read the book.

huhtikuu 8, 11:02 am

Der Horror der frühen Chirurgie 4* Because it is a good book, but I had plenty of problems with the German translation. The German title is awful, a few times a passage was only clear after I tried figuring out the English - for example, apparently the translator didn't realize that 'gas' can mean gasoline. At other times the problem was just that the translator used Northern German vocabulary that isn't used in Austria.

huhtikuu 10, 3:52 pm

Manifesto 4 1/2*

huhtikuu 13, 3:51 pm

I'm working my way through a book about all the female saints depicted in Vienna's churches. My goodness!

'Well there are several saints with this name, but the statue doesn't seem to fit any of them.' The statue is young, and has a gaping wound in the throat.

Saint Dymphna is the one to call on in cases of mental illness. As a 14 year old in the 8th century she ran away from home. Her mother had died and the king, her father, decided that she would be the proper replacement. He eventually found her and cut off her head, as she still didn't want to marry him.

And I've only gotten to the Es so far. (Elizabeth of Portugal is hard to tell apart from her better known great aunt and name sake because they did more or less the same things, and had the same sort of miracles happen.)

It would help if the author would refrain from pious sayings about how much we can learn from them.

huhtikuu 13, 4:45 pm

Letters from the Past By the end of this I had finally (I think) figured out all the characters and how they were related to each other. It would have helped if I had read the first book, I suspect. 3 1/2*

huhtikuu 15, 2:34 pm

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 16, 4:48 am

The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture 4* The final chapter is very helpful in formulating a personal understanding of how the whole of Christian scripture functions. He also refrained during that chapter from insisting on using words that most reader will not have in even their passive vocabularies.

Most of the book follows the history of Christian exegesis of Isaiah, showing strengths and weaknesses of the various periods. The book was aimed at people with more experience of theological history than I have, but I was able to get a lot out of it.

I believe that I purchased this based on a recommendation from Walter Moberly. It has led to a double reread of Isaiah, using the commentary of Ulrich Berges.

huhtikuu 16, 9:53 am

>131 MarthaJeanne: That sounds very interesting. But I’ve gotten lazy. Might save it for a different lifetime.

huhtikuu 16, 10:32 am

>132 2wonderY: Probably not a bad idea. It was both interesting and difficult. I just finished the second reading of Isaiah, and need to look for a complete CD of Messiah. Amazing how much of Isaiah I actually know quite well, considering that I haven't really had a 'Gestalt' of the whole book.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 17, 4:35 am

Jesaja : Der Prophet und das Buch 4*

I found the commentary part very helpful. The historical background and early reception as well.

The patristic part less so, partly because Brevard Childs did it better and was a source for Berges. The chapter on the arts was not helpful at all. There's not a lot of sense in using lots of pictures if they are too small to show details. That probably lowered my rating by half a star.

Anyway,I'm now ready to listen to The Messiah and then leave Isaiah for a while.

huhtikuu 19, 4:47 pm

Die Radfahrerin A very fictionalized story about a young woman from the Jewish part of Boston who travelled around the world by bicycle in 1894-5. This was a very good book 4 1/2*

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 21, 5:08 am

Apparently I don't have enough cookbooks yet. Jerry says that Katharina Seiser and her husband are renovating their flat, and needed a load bearing assessment for her cookbook collection. I have three of the ones she's written.

huhtikuu 22, 2:55 am

Why we can't sleep The current batch of middle aged women have it much worse than the previous generations. Somehow I don't really think so. 2* Not finishing.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 25, 7:40 am

Daughters of Sparta 3*

I did not get the feeling that the author has ever spun or weaved.

huhtikuu 25, 7:31 am

>139 MarthaJeanne: That must have been particularly irritating for you.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 25, 7:45 am

It did not contribute to suspending disbelief. In general I thought it just didn't ring true to ancient Greece. The characters were not really modern, but they never became real people to me.

It was better than some I've read - one book had the women constantly weaving, but nobody ever spun. Another had a group of nuns do all the spinning at once - a day, maybe a week - and then knit the rest of the year.

The author is apparently an academic specialising in the period, but researching something in books and actually doing it, making and wearing the clothes, is something totally different.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 26, 7:36 am

Sauerteig 2* I think this is supposed to be cute, but the cuteness wears a bit thin

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 27, 10:51 am

Storm rising

Geliebt--gelitten--gelobt 3* Rather a relief to finish this. It is over 600 pages long, and many, too many of the female saints described are hardly distinguishable. Born of high ranking parents in the early church, refused to marry or to offer to gods, therefore tortured and killed, either by the parents, the refused suitor, the Roman governor... only depicted in one church in Vienna, probably an Orthodox one.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 29, 7:36 am

Nur in Wien 4 1/2* So it is really just the most recent collection of Vienna trivia. But it is interesting trivia about things we constantly see, or at least pass by.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 30, 2:53 am

Kleine Freunde nähen 2* No idea why I bought this. I made a teddy bear once, and that was enough. This book does not include the tips I needed to do a decent job. Discarding.

BTW, I have to laugh at the assumption that children's bears will get washed. Not in my experience.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 30, 6:37 am

Storm Breaking

That brings this month up to 22.

I wonder if I can start May with a new topic.

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toukokuu 1, 1:16 am

Really doesn't like duplicates.

toukokuu 1, 1:17 am

Still not getting continuation.
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