The thought that there are "so many books to read, and so little time in which to read them" is not a new idea. Bibliophiles the world over have lists of books to read and re-read, and the lists keep getting longer (or the piles of books deeper). Prepare for the list to to get longer, because this is a list of the top ten novels or series that are under-appreciated. Some have been overshadowed by the popularity of other books in a similar genre and some have just remained obscure. The purpose of this series of reviews is to explain why they should see the light of day (or be illuminated by a reader's book light).
1. Precious Bane
by Mary Webb, first published in 1924, is a novel set at the time of
the Napoleonic Wars, but is very different from what readers tend to
think of as a "Regency novel." It is the story of Prudence Sarn and her
brother, Gideon, who are left to make something of the farm their
father leaves behind when he dies. Gideon becomes obsessed with
ambition and wealth (his 'precious bane'). He pushes Prue to work even
harder than most men. She obeys because he promises that he will give
her the money she needs to correct her hare-lip when the farm is a
success. The story is full of harsh realities, but in the midst of
hardship arises a precious love story between Prue and Kester
Woodseaves, the local weaver. By the time the story is finished,
Prudence and Kester, and even Gideon have taken residence in the
reader's mind, and it is a story that is impossible to forget.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
When a new job comes along in a new city, there are a lot of things to consider: where to live, where to shop, how to travel . . . it can all be overwhelming. This is the shortlist of things movers need in new cities--a bit of advice to take a little of the stress and worry out of one of the biggest changes life can throw at you.
- Even when renting, find a property agent. Avoid "apartment locators." Stick with a property agent who will show you what you need to see--not just what they want to sell. Renters need several options--not just the one apartment complex that will pay a locator a commission. It is worth paying for.
- Have a good GPS system that will navigate well through the new city streets. New inhabitants often find treasures when they take an unnecessary turn, but they should be sure they can get back on the right path again.
- New inhabitants should never move on their own. They should have some support with them in the days of apartment hunting, information gathering, and settling down, even if the support system is temporary.
- The newly-employed should always have time to undertake a move. A month is a good period of time to find an apartment, pack and get things transported to a new location. Any less time, and the stress will build to intolerable levels
- Pack an iron and ironing board in an accessible place. The movers may not make it to a new residence by the first day of new employment.
- Take the bus in a new city if it is available. New and needful things may pop up that would not be noticed otherwise.
- Take extra underwear and stay in a less expensive hotel. Apartment/house hunting may take longer than expected.
- Find the public library. Librarians know everything and can help a new patron to find a good grocery store, a local theater and all kinds of other delights. They also know about things going on in the community, and friends may be found there, too. Use the opportunity to get involved and become part of something larger than life.