The Return by Walter de la Mare

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Walter de la Mare! Although I gave this a three, it is only because his other work is so fabulous that this one failed to thrill by comparison. Much of his work carries the theme of isolation. In The Return, although not his best work, the protagonist gets possessed by a dead man after falling asleep on his grave. But De la Mare doesn’t seem to know what to do next with this, so the character is caught in a tangle of estrangement with friends, family, and even himself throughout the story. But perhaps that was the point all along—a point which begs one to ask: who are we anyway? .

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This copy is from @aaknopf a 1922 edition. .

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The Crocodile by Fyodor Dostoevsky

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A true story of how a gentleman of a certain age and of respectable appearance was swallowed alive by the crocodile in the arcade, and of the consequences that followed.” .

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Oh, how I do LOVE Russian Literature! The humor in this short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky is so odd and satirical, yet here he reveals some harsh realities about the human inclination to care more about financial gain than human life, possibly underlining harsh realities of serfdom at the time, although abolished in 1861, I believe there were economic problems which resulted as the economy adjusted. But I would like to do more research to know for sure. .

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This cute little copy was purchased at a wonderfully dingy and damp bookshop in Mobile, Alabama. I’m guessing this copy is from the 1950’s. The Crocodile was written in 1865.

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Victory by Joseph Conrad

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Although written in 1915 this suspense novel by Joseph Conrad feels incredibly modern. I couldn’t believe the date myself as it seemed more like a mid-century novel. I liked it once it got rolling. Heyst is a loner who has spent much of his life living on an island, but when he rescues a young musician and brings her to his island he finds his isolation continues in his own mind. Yet he must save the woman again as his island gets “invaded” and in this he is proving his love for her which seems to only have face value, because they never seem to jive really. It’s sort of a disconnected love story between people who don’t really relate to one another. 🤷‍♀️ I liked it though! 😄

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Pictured is the modern library 1921 edition set against an antique acrylic(?) painting. .

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The Gospel of Matthew

Disclaimer: I have no authority to teach you about any of these wonderful books, so if you read on, please take what I say lightly. As a writer I find the Bible an interesting home for allegory, I could decipher every line for a lifetime of endless fun for me, but for you, I can only communicate what I learned. Perhaps you disagree and that’s OK!*


“‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” He said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, so he cried out, ‘Lord, Save me.'”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand & caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why doubt?'”
-Matthew 14:28-31

Doubt is a very dangerous emotion, and can indeed make us sink. We can feel on top of everything, then if we allow doubt to enter our minds, our moral sinks like a stone in water. The wind here can represent persecutors in any form–people at work attacking us, our friends, our family. It could be an obstacle in the way of our success, addiction, or our own phobias. Peter took his eyes off Christ for a moment and noticed the wind–his body began to react (a fight or flight scenario), and he began to doubt. But if he had total faith, he would have stayed afloat. Sort of like Peter Pan which could have very well been written based on this story from the gospels. “PETER” needed a happy thought to fly. If you are a Christian that happy thought is Jesus and his perpetual guiding hand of comfort and safety.

Amen.

Just me and my day

Got my haircut this morning by @luminariessalonboutique, and so I’m out and about early to meet my mother for coffee. She says she misses me because I’ve been in Detroit at various library archives doing research for weeks; I will give her my day. I’m waiting for her while I write contemplate and read. Nina Simone is playing in the background—my baby just cares for me. Tomorrow I will be visiting the archives at U of M—Back to work! 💕

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Pictured is one fancy latte, St. Teresa de Avila’s memoir, the Climate Justice issue of @geezmagazine, and my notebook with a new story in the works. 😄

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Adam Bede by George Elliot

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Today, if an agent were presented a query letter and the manuscript of Adam Bede, they would have rejected it over and over again and society would have lost a fabulous story. But I doubt that many people today would have the patience for this book. It took 100+ pages for me to get into it where I didn’t want to put it down. It was like a really innocent pastoral soup opera. Every sentence is delicious and every character is well developed to the point that you are sad when your journey with them is over. .

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Pictured is a 1909 edition set against a 1972 sketch of a cobbler. This print was originally hanging in the shoe department in the old Hudson’s in Downtown Detroit, which has since been demolished.

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Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

It’s time for me to share some spooky reads! .

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I enjoyed this a lot though it was a bit dark. It seems to lose color as one progresses into the story, which is a result of Wilde’s genius. It seemed, in my memory, to begin with pink gardens in the light of day with light and jolly conversation and ended in a dark room, leaving behind a sinister residue of death. It gradually smudged away gaiety until Dorian’s soul was completely void of life. .

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Pictured is a 2000 edition Penguin Classic hard cover against a vintage framed print and some nasturtiums I recused from the frost last night. 😄

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