Friday, December 7, 2012

Quote du jour/Gladys Taber

I would certainly never think of making a list of the world's greatest books. I admire the courage of those that do. A book is what the reader finds in it, so how can you assay them except for your pleasure?
 Gladys Taber
Stillmeadow and Sugarbridge 1953

And what am I reading just now? A Lesson in Secrets, the 8th Maisie Dobbs book by Jacqueline Winspear; and on the Kindle, Disappeared by Anthony Quinn- a riveting mystery set in modern day Northern Ireland.

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  1. Is that Anthony Quinn the actor that is writing? Or is he dead?? He would be a very old man now. I always enjoyed him as an actor. So many actors are also artists in other mediums.

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    1. Not the actor! Yes, he died in 2001.

      You may find out more about this fellow, and his first first novel here:

      http://anthonyquinnwriter.com/

      Disappeared is really excellent. I was so impressed.

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  2. That is exactly the right way to think about books! Reading is such a very personal response, and while I have favourites that I return to time and time again, I couldn't even begin to draw up a list of the world's greatest books, because I only know what I like.

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    1. Gladys is so good at expressing just what I often feel. Most 'best of' lists, which come out this time of year leave me cold. I so rarely read or enjoy what others deem 'best.' It is always a sweet surprise to me when I do!

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  3. A Lesson in Secrets, the 8th Maisie Dobbs book by Jacqueline Winspear ..... I love Maisie Dobbs, a singular kind of woman! Glad you are enjoying them too.

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  4. Good quote, Nan, and I must agree. I've been thinking of Gladys Taber later, even pulled out some Stillmeadow for browsing.

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    1. She is such a pleasure to spend time with.

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  5. I like to read these 'best books' lists and then I start to think as I scan the list, 'Actually, I didn't like that...' So it's all a nonsense really! Each to his own. For instance, I can't seem to get on with Maisie but realise that I'm in the minority and that thousands, including my daughter, love the books. That's just the way it is. :-)

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    1. I've 'met' a few people who found the books slow and not that interesting.

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  6. Not a book comment, but just to say how much I love your header photo, except that I can't read the book titles ;)

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    1. Thanks! Let's see, here are a few of the titles - Time and Again by Jack Finney, The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell, many Barbara Pym books, the Provincial Lady books by EM Delafield.

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  7. I wonder if Gladys would be surprised at the number of world's greatest books lists she is on...Gladys Taber has quite a following. Interested? Check out www.friendsofgladystaber.org to become a member. The quarterly newsletter (each issue contains approx. 40 pages) is fabulous! The next(June 2013) member Reunion will be held in West Chester, PA - home to Sugarbridge of Stillmeadow and Sugarbridge (1953) fame. A Gladys Taber fan? You won't want to miss this opportunity!

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  8. I have always loved Gladys Taber's writing, mainly her nonfiction, and have managed to collect quite a few of her books. I originally ran across her columns in my mother's 1950s "ladies magazines."

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  9. I recently re-read the Maisie Dobbs series as a lead-in to the the lastest book--which, I have to say was a disappointment. [Elegy for Eddie] While Maisie is undoubtedly a unique character and a compelling one in the earlier books, the supposrting history of the times is fascinating as well.
    I'll be interested to see your reaction to the latest book--don't want to give any spoilers.

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    1. I keep thinking of doing this but haven't yet. I'm frankly not wild about this one.

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  10. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway for a lovely book.

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