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I do love both Ferguson and travelogues though so I’ll keep checking this out until I finally read it! Sounds light and a bit odd but I’m always up for a book about an arranged marriage!Offbeat and charming, and filled with humour, insight, and a wide array of eccentric characters, Beyond Belfast tells the story of one man’s misguided attempt at walking the entire Ulster Way: a 560-mile path that circles Northern Ireland, from the city walls of Derry to the moorland heights of the Sperrins, from the green glens of Antrim to the Mountains of Mourne. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story by Ree Drummond I know some of you have read this already with mixed results but I had to try it for myself and am quite looking forward to it.
I’m so looking forward to reading more about Persephones both old and new from all the participating bloggers.‘And we all have our kitchens too,’ she thought with the erratic fancifulness of fatigue, ‘where we hash up our motives, and warm up our own opinion of ourselves, and hoard all the goods we’ve inherited or got hold of instead of wishing to share them. Her resentful daughter Flora selfishly views herself as the tragic victim of her mother’s neglect, cast aside by Rose in favour of her step-brother Mickie and Rose’s husband Stuart, never openly affectionate or demonstrative, seems to have drifted further and further away until Rose has no understanding of him, of what he thinks or feels.And there are barriers between us all, or most of us. What the book really focuses on is the breaking down of those walls that allows Rose to see her family anew, of the revelations about the characters of those closest to Rose that are unfortunately brought about by tragic turns of events (almost too much tragedy – indeed, it stretches the imagination that so many awful things could happen so quickly in one family).I’ve read and reread his travelogues but never tried this history of American English: Bryson de-mythologizes his native land – explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn’t won, why Americans say ‘lootenant’ and ‘Toosday’, how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up – as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original ,000 question and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.Beyond Belfast by Will Ferguson Reloot, first checked out many, many months ago but never started.Time to take a break from the really depressing stuff!
Although I’m currently devoted to reading my lovely little grey books in preparation for Claire and Verity’s Persephone Reading Weekend (February 25 – 27) I know I’ll have these to enjoy once I’m done: Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood Atwood musing on debt, her topic of choice for her CBC Massey Lectures in 2008: An investigation into the idea of debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies.
Up till that moment she had always assumed vaguely that she was a busy and useful member of society.
Was this going to be a novel full of unhappy housewives, women feeling stifled by their domestic chores, humourlessly moaning about their tyrannical husbands, viewing their houses as prisons rather than homes? Happily, proved to be a most delightful, thoughtful, and quietly amusing book, absolutely what I was in the mood for!
Childe, who trains Rose for three hours a day in the basics of housekeeping, and the irrepressible Major Hosmer, who admirably exemplifies American efficiency and straightforwardness, guiding Rose not only in her housework but in her emotional development, Rose’s life becomes consumed by her house.
She works and works but is never done, never able to live up to the standards she expects of herself, and becomes so caught up in her new concerns and new routine that she doesn’t even want to leave her house, happier to stay and work there than to venture out to volunteer meetings or social obligations, happier to live in this world of her own creating, under her control, as war drives the outside world mad.
Rose does struggle courageously with her newly assumed housekeeping tasks, as would anyone taking on the chores of three maids with no experience either cooking or cleaning!