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Autobiography | Morrissey
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"I've come to wish you an Unhappy Birthday,
Because you're evil and you lie,
And if you should die
I may feel slightly sad, but I won't cry."

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It's Amos Tutuola so it's bonkers! 🤪
While all of the novels I've read by Tutuola are episodic, this one is actually a collection of short stories, folklore retellings with a bit less of the darkly macabre & horror that inhabits his other works, which isn't to say people don't get eaten, bits chopped off them or get transformed into creepy-crawlies.
Perhaps familiarity affects my perception: I found these marginally less interesting but still 3½⭐

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“If we continue to pay "bad" for "bad", bad will never finish on earth.”

I guess Tutuola's thought is a reframing of "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." It's from a tale that channels a similar vibe to the Judgement of Solomon story, though the wisdom lies not with the king in this version.

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And now for something completely different...

A short volume of Amos Tutuola's stories drawn from Nigerian Yoruba folklore 🇳🇬

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#LSFBC #LitsySciFiBookClub @TheSpineView @CatLass007

I liked this from the beginning, but didn't feel connected with it until a little over halfway through. I like the ideas in it, and the narrative sweep. There aren't any particularly engaging characters in it - perhaps wily police officer Da Shi, but he's not exactly a nice guy - so it's really about the ideas and how they're linked, which I found interesting. It was also interesting to ⬇️

Bookwomble ... pick up some of the triumverates in the story, though whether they were deliberate or apophenic I'm not sure. 4⭐
I wasn't sure I'd bother to read the other books in the series, but having finished this one I think I will at some point.
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Kitta I‘m watching the show, it‘s great. 3h
Bookwomble @Kitta I paused watching to read the book spoiler-free, but I'll restart now I've finished. Good to hear it's a good show 😊 1h
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#TuesdayTunes @TieDyeDude

The Sundays made beautiful jangly guitar pop that leaned into melancholy and wistfulness. Their first album, "Reading, Writing and Arithmetic", was, I think, their most successful, but all three are excellent. "Here's Where the Story Ends" has this wonderful lyric:

"And whoever would've thought,
the books that you bought
were all I loved you for?"

https://youtu.be/2HV5KfE4xMA?si=0hNkt27KCupF-uLI

RaeLovesToRead I never realised the Tin Tin Out version of this song was a cover! 19h
TieDyeDude I'm not sure I've heard much of their music, aside from “Here's Where,“ which is a great song! Thanks for sharing. 18h
Graywacke Tough love in the lyrics. But now I have a band to explore. 17h
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batsy Omg, I love the Sundays! This album is brilliant and this song 💜 8h
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead I didn't know it had been covered! I'll give that version a listen. 8h
Bookwomble @TieDyeDude @Graywacke As @batsy says, it's a brilliant album, one of those in which all the songs are worth listening to 😊 8h
Bookwomble @batsy It's hard to pick a favourite song from the album, so many good ones as well as HWTSE, but I think I Kicked a Boy and Can't Be Sure stand out 🎶🎸💖 7h
batsy HWTSE is the song that made me want to listen to every other song, so a special place in my heart. I Kicked a Boy is fab but I also have a soft spot for I Won ("it's hard to get to sleep in my house") and My Finest Hour because of the triumphant way she sings, "poetry is NOT for me" ? 7h
Bookwomble @batsy Yeah, it's actually impossible to pick outright favourites! A solid album 😊📀 7h
batsy @Bookwomble 10/10 ⭐ 5h
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Fucking brilliant. 🌈🧑🏻‍🎤

SpellboundReader I'm watching a YouTube video of musicians and lyricists. I didn't realize John Lennon contributed to the lyrics for '“Fame.“ 3d
Bookwomble @SpellboundReader Yes, and some vocals and guitar 😊 2d
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"Whether he fell to Earth or not, Bowie deeply loved people. He wasn't cold but, in his relations with others, he gave the impression that he followed a sort of code: something basic that should exist between all human beings, but that they've had a tendency to forget. On a personal level, that's what gave him a better grasp of fame. When they become stars, many artists lose their humanity, but that never happened to him!"

- Hazel O'Connor (2017)

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A fascinating glimpse into life in 7th century CE China, translated in the 1940s from a 19th century Chinese manuscript that appears to preserve a genuine account of investigations undertaken by the magistrate of a small city.
Judge Dee is insightful, ethically scrupulous and morally strict, slightly softened by compassion. However, in the context of his culture, the use of torture, graphically described, is a legitimate judicial tool. I found ⬇️

Bookwomble ... these sections uncomfortable reading, but I guess that readers who enjoy "torture porn" movies might get a kick from these sections.
The current Netflix series excludes torture, but includes a few fight scenes, which I had thought was pandering to the modern vogue for adding martial arts to spice up the action, and was pleasantly surprised to read a few examples of Judge Dee's lieutenants exhibiting their "Chinese boxing and wrestling".
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Bookwomble I really enjoyed this, and will continue with van Gulik's self-penned sequels. 4.5⭐ 3d
The_Book_Ninja Add martial arts to The Great British Bake Off and they got a whole new demographic. Prue Leith using nunchucks on Paul Hollywood?…who doesn‘t wanna see that!? 🥷 2d
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Yeah, I'd like to see Prue knock Paul right on his soggy bottom! 🍰 2d
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This is a nifty c. 1915 edition, bound in purple-dyed leather, with two illustrative plates glued to green backing paper with gilt borders & inscription. It's had a bit of a hard life, with some sun-bleaching and a small hole in the cover, but I guess we all start to show our wear and tear eventually: wholly in keeping with the contents ??????
"'One Moment in Annihilation's Waste,
One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste--
Oh, make Haste!"?

TheBookgeekFrau It's beautiful! 😍 4d
Leftcoastzen That‘s gorgeous, letterpress? 4d
Bookwomble @TheBookgeekFrau I want to say, "Thank you," but all I did was buy it ? 4d
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Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen I'd assume so from the age of it. There's no impress from the type on the main pages, which are nice paper stock, btw 😊, but there's a slight impress on the plate pages, so perhaps it needed a bit more pressure to print the gilt. 4d
batsy 😍😍 4d
Leftcoastzen I‘m always amazed that these little gems survive. 4d
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4d
Aimeesue Lovely 💜 4d
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen Yeah - this one looks like it's been through a lot, but perhaps just well-loved 💖 4d
TheBookgeekFrau @Bookwomble 😂😂 True, but you're welcome anyway 😁 4d
bthegood Beautiful edition. This brings back memories - I had a friend who use to send me writings from this - enjoy 🙂 (edited) 3d
Bookwomble @bthegood I'm glad this sparked happy memories for you 😊 According to my GR record, I've read this poem 16 times, but it's definitely way more than that. You'd think I'd be able to quote the whole thing from memory, but no! 😄 3d
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This afternoon I'm sunburning my knees in the back garden with a previously unread edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in honour of the Persian tentmaker's birthday today, listening to Beth Gibbons's excellent new album, Lives Outgrown, with its matching themes of death and the transitory nature of life (I'm a happy bunny, really, honestly!🐰), and wishing I had another Twister ice lolly to replace the one I've just finished.
#BooksAndMusic

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“They say that reading will attract the spirit of sleep. Let me read a while, perhaps this book will help me pass the time, or else bore me to such an extent that I shall fall asleep.”

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"In the end, as a general rule, no criminal escapes the laws of the land."

If only this were true!
Judge Dee has a number of legal recourses not available to the modern judiciary. Were he presiding over the trial of D. Trump, that fellow would certainly have had 100 stokes of the heavy bamboo for lack of respect, and probably the thumb screws for lying!
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Ruthiella From Judge Dread to Judge Dee! 😃 4d
Bookwomble @Ruthiella Ha! Yes! 😄 I suspect each would approve of the other. 4d
The_Book_Ninja I fear the great orange demon is made of Teflon 4d
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja He's certainly a slippery customer! 4d
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#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe
Well, you put me in an awkward position, but as you insist on only 3:
1. Boat to Bolivia by Martin Stephenson & the Daintees, not least because I've just got home from seeing Martin live & I'm filled with his love, warmth & gladsome humour 💖
2. Any David Bowie album, but let's say Young Americans for tonight - a heart full of plastic soul 🧡
3. Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison, because of its Celtic emotionality 💚

dabbe My husband and I have been listening to Bowie's last album before he passed; we both really like it. Time to go back and revisit some older ones! 🤩🤩🤩 Thanks for sharing. 6d
Bookwomble @dabbe Blackstar is an incredible swan song ❤️ 6d
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Is one book a #BookHaul ? ?

I've been really enjoying the Netflix series "Judge Dee's Mystery" and decided to get the source material.

Judge Dee was a Tang Dynasty magistrate, three of whose historical cases are translated here, the success of which led van Gulik to write his own stories in a continuing series.

In his introduction, van Gulik comments on the centuries old Chinese tradition of detective novels, considerably predating ⬇️

Bookwomble ... Poe and Doyle in the West.

The looming plate in the foreground is my lunch of garlic mushrooms on toast, washed down with dandelion and burdock, finished off with a cappuccino 😋
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TieDyeDude I love the Judge Dee series by Lavie Tidhar about a vampire judge, but I always see this come up in results when I search. I've been interested in checking out his stories. I hadn't heard of the Netflix series.
Dandelion and burdock sounds good! I've never heard of it.
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Bookwomble @TieDyeDude The series is good - it's a Chinese production, so it feels authentic, as far as I can tell. As well as the detection aspect, it has some good fight choreography, decent SFX, and interesting supporting characters. I've only read the books introduction, but that in itself is really interesting. I don't think I'm going to keep my intention of finishing another book before starting this one! 😄 7d
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Bookwomble @TieDyeDude D&B is a traditionally Northern drink, fairly unknown in southern England (when I lived there it was like finding hens' teeth coming across a can!). The nearest I can describe it in North American terms would be similar to root beer or sarsaparilla. 7d
rwmg I've got van Gulik's Judge Dee on my wishlist. Maybe next month. I didn't know about the Netflix series. 6d
Bookwomble @rwmg I'm enjoying the book so far. The TV show is probably best described as "inspired by" the book, but I'm loving it on its own terms ? 6d
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"I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part, turn to laughter. I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.

A tear to unite me with those of broken heart; a smile to be a sign of my joy in existence."

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#BookMail #BestMail
This is a collection of some of Gibran's earlier works from his mature period (according to the introduction: I wouldn't have known otherwise!).
A Book inscription records Nick's thoughtful gift to Roz, circa 1973 if it was given at the time of publication.
I'm gradually collecting Gibran's works in this early '70s Heinemann edition. I've eight of them so far, with about the same to find. #SlowCompletist

Leftcoastzen Nice find! 1w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen I ordered it off the internet (not Am*zon ?), which always feels a bit like cheating! A proper "find" is that Aha! moment in a proper bookshop ? But, yes, that said, it is a nice find. 4d
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A Garland of Songs | Charles Sandford Bere
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#TuesdayTunes @TieDyeDude

I tracked down this 1995 album a few years ago as it features Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins on several songs, but lead singer Chris Thomson is certainly not overshadowed, his baritone voice sweeping between breathy & gravelly, & set in chamber pop arrangements of piano & strings. The Bathers have been described as "the best kept secret in Scottish music", & part of me wants to keep it that way. They're a bit special

Bookwomble I love the whole album, but I'll pick "The Dutch Venus", The Angel on Ruskin" and "Weem Rock Muse" (the latter guitar-based) as particular favourites.
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nd9bOtubmMqk_VaL8j1_jKvC2zbHJzOjM&si=1...
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The Silence | Gillian Clarke
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Wonderful poems, starting with Clarke's viewing of a "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse in 2019, an ominous precursor to her reflections on the COVID pandemic, a reminder of the unnecessary deaths, the silence of those taken by the virus, the silence of those in power regarding those deaths, and the gradual quietening of the world during lockdown and the temporary resurgence of the natural world. The poems gradually turn to the changing of seasons, ⬇️

Bookwomble ...reminiscences of the poet's childhood, her mother, the Welsh name her father wanted for her, Gwenllian, connecting her with Llewellyn's daughter & her sad fate at the hands of the English. In her 87th year, Clarke's writing remains as powerful as ever. 5⭐
I always learn something of Welsh culture from Clarke's poetry, this time about penillion music, which sent me to some wonderful recordings on You Tube of Welsh harpist & singer, Ossian Ellis.
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The Silence | Gillian Clarke
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"Black sky of stars and a risen moon
in the sleeping arms of the beech."

- Blood Moon
691 and 21 January 2019

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The Silence | Gillian Clarke
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We've had a gloriously sunny weekend in Lancashire, but now the predicted storm is brewing, thunder is rumbling closer & lightning flashes briefly cutting through the gathering gloom - I love this weather! ⛈️
Listening to The Doors "Riders on the Storm" & ELO'S "Symphony for a Rainy Day", & about to start Gillian Clarke's latest poetry collection, "The Silence", featuring her native and beloved Wales, COVID lockdowns and WWI, amongst other topics.

Bookwomble This is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and, as I've enjoyed everything else I've read by her, I feel I'll be in safe hands again 😊🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1w
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Starting this for the #LitsySciFiBookClub @TheSpineView
I watched the first episode of the Netflix series, but Mrs B wasn't taken with it, then the book was nominated for the group read, so I've paused the show to avoid spoilers.
I see this has mixed reviews, but I'm partial to some hard sci fi, so have hopes for an enjoyable read 😊📡👽

TheSpineView Enjoy!💙📖📘 1w
Lesliereadsalot Well worth your time (and these books take awhile!). Gotta read the next two when you finish this one. 1w
rwmg I have watched part of the Netflix series, but they seem to have downplayed what I thought was the most fascinating part of the book, or at any rate the part which looms most in my memory from when I read it 7 or 8 years ago
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Bookwomble @Lesliereadsalot I'm finding this first one reasonably good going, though I'm not that far in. I was slightly put off when I realised it's a series, as I'm not sure I want to commit, bit ill have to see how I feel at the end! 🙂 7d
Bookwomble @rwmg Oh, that's interesting 🙂 I'll finish the book, and then see if I have a continued interest in watching the series. 7d
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Judge Dredd: Year Two | Cavan Scott, Matt Smith, Michael Carroll
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That was surprisingly better than I expected it to be 😊
The first story is basically a Western with Dredd as sheriff in a border town run by a corrupt business family, with high explosive weapons, mutants and radioactive twisters.
The second story sees Dredd battered and bloodied, running a gauntlet of violent perps in a locked-down Mega-Block, not dissimilar to the excellent Karl Urban Dredd movie.
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Bookwomble The last story is a detective mystery, featuring a female Trump-alike trillionaire politician and Deadliner, a serial killer targeting journalists. This story was marred by a section of egregious fatphobia😕 I know that the “Fattie“ subculture is comic canon, but there's a choice of using this sensitively or abusively, and Scott went the wrong way.
Overall, a fun romp with a bit more going on than steel-chinned police brutality 4⭐
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The Thinking Heart | Jenny Joseph
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I went out without a book! ? Panicked! ? Bought this ? so that I had something in case of a reading emergency (you can't be too careful!), and came home immediately without further incident ?
My book-monkey brain likes to play tricks! ???
So, I feel obliged to read this now: from the Old Woman in Purple, Jenny Joseph, a 1978 collection of poems which "gives a better view [than Warning] of the range and originality of her work". Sounds good.

Ruthiella If you can get used to reading e-books on your phone, that need never happen again. Of course unless your phone runs out of battery. 😱 2w
Bookwomble @Ruthiella No! 😠 Only paper books! (😉). Despite spending hours of good reading time on Litsy on my phone, I struggle to read actual books on devices. I'm a book dinosaur 📖🦖😄 2w
Suet624 I‘m with you. A story on audio or digital just doesn‘t go into my brain the same way as paper. 2w
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Poetic Graffiti | Sharde O.
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I was running errands in town (ok, I ordered a book and bought a book!) and saw this inspirational prose poem chalked on a wall between the back yards of two pubs. ❤️

"It's never too late to grow back,
No matter how little light there is, no
Matter if it's just bricks and cement
Around you. Even when the circumstances
Feel hopeless, there is always time,
There is always a chance. You are not doomed.
It will get better.
YOU WILL GROW" ?

IndoorDame 💗💗💗 2w
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1914 & Other Poems | Rupert Brooke
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1947 Faber edition of Brooke's culturally significant poetry collection, containing his five-sonnet cycle of war poems published within weeks of his death on active duty in WWI. That he died from an infected mosquito bite and never saw combat was less mentioned at the time, and that he died in 1915, before the worst excesses of Industrialised War, made his elegiac poems a perfect propaganda memorialisation of the millions of Patriotic Dead. ⬇️

Bookwomble Despite his frequent recourse to English Exceptionalism, there is an undoubted emotional power to his war poems, frequently carved in marble on Cenotaphs and quoted by right-wing nationalistic demagogues, ironically so as Brooke was a member of the socialist Fabian Society for much of his short adult life.
The other poems can be nostalgically evocative, bitterly misogynistic, and overblown by turns. Reading something of his life, relationships ⬇️
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Bookwomble ... and attitudes didn't greatly endear him to me but, at the same time, I feel a compassion for a young man raised in a stultifying atmosphere of late Victorian sexual repression and harshly proscribed class expectations.
Another of those lives lost to War about whose unrealised future contribution to culture we can only mournfully speculate.
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Bookwomble Of the articles I read about Brooke, I found this one from The New Yorker most interesting: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-true-story-of-rupert-brooke (edited) 2w
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TrishB That‘s really interesting thanks! I haven‘t really paid much attention to the ‘war poets‘ so this was really eye opening! Will be used in future feminist killjoy rants I suspect! 2w
Bookwomble @TrishB "Killjoy Feminist Rants": Title of your memoirs ?? I look forward to publication ? 2w
TrishB That‘s definitely the title 😂 2w
CarolynM Interesting article, thanks for the link. 2w
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1914 & Other Poems | Rupert Brooke
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"And after, ere the night is born,
Do hares come out about the corn?
Oh, is the water sweet and cool,
Gentle and brown, above the pool?
And laughs the immortal river still
Under the mill, under the mill?
Say, is there Beauty yet to find?
And Certainty? and Quiet kind?
Deep meadows yet, for to forget
The lies, and truths, and pain?… oh! yet
Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?”

- The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

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1914 & Other Poems | Rupert Brooke
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“I would think of a thousand things,
Lovely and durable, and taste them slowly,
One after one, like tasting sweet food.
I have need to busy my heart with quietude."

- The Busy Heart

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1914 & Other Poems | Rupert Brooke
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“If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home."

- The Soldier

A bit jingoistic for my taste, but still affecting ???????

vivastory I watched They Shall Not Grow Old by Jackson at the beginning of the year. Have you seen it? 2w
Bookwomble @vivastory I haven't seen that, but I would like to. I caught the last hour of 1917 a couple of months ago, though, and thought that was a fantastic film that I want to watch in full. 2w
vivastory 1917 is worth watching. I have an unusually strong memory of it as it was the last movie I saw before movie theatres closed due to the pandemic. I def recommend the Jackson documentary. I had heard good things about it, but was really really impressed. 2w
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1914 & Other Poems | Rupert Brooke
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"We have built a house that is not for Time's throwing,
We have gained a peace unshaken by pain for ever.
War knows no power, Safe shall be my going,
Secretly armed against all death's endeavour;
Safe though all safety's lost; safe where men fall;
And if these poor limbs die, safest of all."

- Safety

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1914 & Other Poems | Rupert Brooke
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"Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,
Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,
And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,
And all the little emptiness of love!"

- Peace

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The Righteous Man | Michael Carroll
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The first novel in the three-book omnibus, "Judge Dredd: Year Two", was better than I'd anticipated.
Dredd is still new on the streets of Mega-City One, & having brought down his corrupt clone-brother, Judge Rico Dredd, in the previous trilogy, makes him more, not less, suspicious in the eyes of the Special Judicial Squad's Judge Gillen. Proceeding from an assumption of guilt, Gillen's investigation sees Dredd sidelined & seconded to guard duty ⬇️

Bookwomble ... in a mining town in the radioactive wastelands of The Cursed Earth. Dredd does his thing and perps get arrested or deaded. It's hardly a spoiler to say that Dredd is found not guilty of the immediate charges, but it still seems Judge Gillen has her sights firmly set on Joe...
Some good characterisations and Dredd is more than just a Law Machine (though, admittedly, not much more). 4⭐ easy entertainment. Next installment up!
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Judge Dredd: Year Two | Cavan Scott, Matt Smith, Michael Carroll
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In an America riven by factional violence, political in-fighting, gangs, and gun crime, in which human life is held cheap and social cohesion is threatened, a para-military police force rises to enforce the Law, regardless of Justice, to quell protest and protect the vested interest of a rich elite.
So, to distract myself from all that, I thought I'd read a Judge Dredd novel.

lil1inblue I see what you did there. 😏 2w
Ruthiella 😂 2w
Bookwomble @lil1inblue @The_Book_Ninja @Ruthiella The old jokes are the best 😉 2w
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Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes | Walter de la Mare
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A book of poems for children? Perhaps, if written by Uncle Edgar Allen Poe for niece and nephew Wednesday and Pugsley Addams 💀
While not overtly horrific, the overall atmosphere is of melancholy, loss, death, night and febrile passion.
The opening poem, The Horseman, initially reads as a bit of nonsense nursery rhyme, but then, surely, the pale rider on his ivory horse coming over the moonlit hill can be none other than Death stalking the ⬇️

Bookwomble ... fitfully sleeping child.
Emett's illustration is of the gangling "Thief at Robin's Castle", who steals not only Robin's silverware, but his children, whose hands imploringly poke out of his swag bag. Raised as his own, the children "never really loved him" despite his stolen riches.
I initially thought this would be a slight set of childish rhymes, but they're ageless, dark, macabre and fey. I loved them ?
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Bookwomble Sibelius's "Valse Triste" (Sad Waltz) from his score to the drama "Kuolema" (Death) catches something of the mood:
https://youtu.be/5Ls8-pk4IS4?si=isJZxdiecsifeir_
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Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes | Walter de la Mare
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I picked this up in Keswick Oxfam last week: a 1942 illustrated edition of a Walter de la Mare collection of poems for children. It's in reasonable shape, except that Oxfam vandalised it with non-removable stickers on the rear of the dust jacket! I mean, why would you? 🤷‍♂️ Anyway, de la Mare is one of those authors I've always known of, but never read other than the odd short story here and there, so worth reading a book just to have done so.

Ruthiella At least it‘s on the back? Have you tried using a hairdryer to loosen the glue? It‘s worked for me in the past. 🤞 2w
Bookwomble @Ruthiella The jacket isn't glossy, so I'm not sure if that technique will work. 2w
IndoorDame What a great find! 🤩 …sometime the stickers on old matte paper are truly impossible, which is just evil 😠 but overall Ive had the best luck with goo-gone 2w
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Bookwomble @IndoorDame Thanks for the tip. If not heard of that product, but I'll look out for it, for other sticky situations even if not for this one! 2w
LeahBergen What a fab cover! 2w
Lesliereadsalot I love the cover! Reminds me of the old Wizard of Oz books I still collect. 2w
Aimeesue Excellent cover 💙 2w
Bookwomble @LeahBergen @Lesliereadsalot @Aimeesue It is a fab cover, isn't it? ? The illustrator is F. R. Emett, and the cover shows the 'Three Jolly Farmers" who bet on which of them can dance the longest. 2w
Aimeesue @Bookwomble That is a lot of jolly! 2w
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Just to connect for a moment with something lighter than my previous few posts, this dapper gentlecat is Leto, my son's pet, wearing his harness in preparation for an outside walk 🐈‍⬛
He's a former homeless cat himself (I now realise a connection to previous posts!) and has settled into his forever home very well. He came on a visit to our house at Easter and adjusted very quickly. Sweet little guy 😺
#CatsOfLitsy

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
quietlycuriouskate Oh, he's gorgeous! 😻 2w
LeahBergen Handsome boy! ❤️ 2w
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dabbe #lovelyleto 🖤🐾🖤 2w
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2w
IuliaC 😻🩷 2w
batsy A very dapper little fellow! 2w
RaeLovesToRead Hello lovely Gentlecat 💕💕 2w
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Incredibly moving and emotional account of the reality of living as a street homeless woman in 21st century Britain. The dark-edged pages are transcripts of Perriman's interviews with women living on the streets, all of whom report (not graphically) sexual harassment and rape by men with homes to return to, and the common degradation of being urinated on by drunken clubgoers 😮‍💨
The contributors are keen not to present homeless people as ⬇️

Bookwomble ... "the homeless", a homogenous mass of victims or scapegoats fitting easily stigmatisable categories, but as individual human beings with the same complex histories and needs as the rest of society.
Really thought provoking, challenging and emotionally intense.
The question of whether to give money directly to a homeless person or to support a charity was argued in a couple of articles which make for interesting ancillary reading. I don't ⬇️
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Bookwomble ... think they need to be mutually exclusive, and I tend towards the "give directly" argument. Links to articles in further comments. 2w
Bookwomble Matt Broomfield "Why you should give money directly and unconditionally to homeless people"
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2017/10/why-you-should-give-money-...
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Bookwomble Jeremy Swain's reply as former director of one of the charities, Thames Outreach, criticised in Broomfield's article:
https://www.endinghomelessness.uk/2018/01/street-homelessness-dangerous-appeal-o...
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"It is far stronger to acknowledge an issue, accept it and attempt to restore it than it is to bear the pain, dismiss what it calls for and carry on. Moving on in this way is not being strong or positive; it is denial. Being positive is not plastering a smile over a hard experience; being positive is recognising this experience for its negative nature and acting upon it to make it transformative.”

- Violence and Trauma: Laura E. Fischer

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Keeping a Rendezvous | John Berger
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"The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich."

TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
kspenmoll Yes. 2w
dabbe Agree 💯! 2w
lil1inblue 🎯 🎯 🎯 2w
Deblovestoread Exactly 💯 2w
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Yellow Dog | Georges Simenon
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Well, it's hardly the Hound of the Baskervilles, but the eponymous yellow dog of the story is considered a harbinger of ill fortune by the Breton townsfolk of Concarneau: a relative of the folkloric hellhounds of Britanno-Celtic legend.
Maigret is on one of his many secondments to Brittany, and also in one of his most quixotic moods, presenting himself as bumbling, unconcerned and obtuse, all the while unerringly closing in on his suspects 4⭐

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"Since 2010 [when the Conservatives were elected into government] rough sleeping has increased by 169% due to substantial changes to the welfare system, the impact of austerity, the national housing crisis and landlords ending shorthold tenancies. Alongside this, voluntary sector services supporting people who are homeless, women fleeing domestic abuse, mental and drug and alcohol services have decreased due to large-scale funding cuts."

Bookwomble The Tory Party: Blaming the poor and marginalised for the social problems deliberately created by their own policies 😡 2w
Dilara They don't think people outside of their own set really are human beings. 2w
Bookwomble @Dilara True - dehumanisation is a major tool in their strategy. 2w
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batsy She is truly evil. Something quite profoundly despicable within the likes of her and Rishi Sunak, etc. 2w
Bookwomble @batsy I think there are some decent people in the Tory party, who happen to have beliefs at odds with my own, and then there are those (apparently over-represented in positions of power and influence) who seem to exhibit many of the worst traits humans can embody. ?‍? Still, "We shall overcome" ✊? 2w
Anna40 No one wants to sleep rough. If we took mental health, poverty, domestic abuse more seriously and there was more help and support, the number of people without a home would decrease. A stupid and wrong thing to say! 2w
Bookwomble @Anna40 Stupid, wrong, and hypocritical as her party's policies create the problems they then complain about and stigmatise others for the consequences they've caused (often deliberately) themselves 😞 2w
batsy We shall! ✊🏾 2w
CarolynM The right is brilliant at believing that everyone‘s circumstances are entirely of their own making. Until one of their own finds themselves in trouble, of course🤬 2w
Bookwomble @CarolynM Yes to all this! Thatcher's judgement of “The Poor“ was that to be poor in an affluent society wasn't due to inequality and systemic disadvantage but individual “personality defect“, as stated in a 1978 interview with the Catholic Herald. 😮‍💨 (edited) 2w
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"In this doorway the police used to always move me on, but they never told me where I could go."

Bekki Perriman was a homeless street sleeper, who now uses art installations incorporating photography & audio clips to make visible the invisible people, and give voices to the voiceless. This book collects some of her work together with essays & commentaries from activists, academics, etc., and interviews with rough sleepers about their experience.

UwannaPublishme Sounds like a powerful book. 2w
Lesliereadsalot You have the most interesting posts of anyone I follow. Keep up the good work! 2w
Bookwomble @UwannaPublishme Yes, it's one of those books that excites a lot of emotion. 2w
Bookwomble @Lesliereadsalot Goodness! That's quite an accolade! 😳 Thank you 😊 (though I'm tempted to suggest you should follow more people! 😅). 2w
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The Clan of One-Breasted Women | Terry Tempest Williams
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"On this night, I met the Arctic Angel and vowed the 22,000 miles of her migratory path between the Arctic and Antarctica would not be in vain. I will remember her. No creature on Earth has spent more time in daylight than this species. No creature on Earth has shunned darkness in the same way as the Arctic tern. No creature carries the strength and delicacy of determination on its back like this slight bird. ⬇️

Bookwomble ... If air is the medium of Spirit, then the Arctic tern is its messenger." 3w
BookmarkTavern Love Terry Tempest-Williams! 💖 3w
Bookwomble @BookmarkTavern This is the first thing I've read by her. It was good 😊 3w
Suet624 Well, jeepers, I think I need to find this. Gorgeous. 2w
Bookwomble @Suet624 This book is a short (90 pages) collection of articles and extracts from her books, so something of an introduction, but certainly very interesting. 2w
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The Clan of One-Breasted Women | Terry Tempest Williams
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"I belong to a Clan of One-Breasted Women."

Williams's title essay is about the carcinogenic legacy of 1950s atomic bomb testing in Utah, which the government knew was a threat to the health of its citizens, but went ahead and then covered it up.

The other essays deal with the environment, ecology and conservation, and the book is part of the Penguin Green Ideas series ???

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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I bought a guide to Castlerigg Stone Circle from the ice cream van park on the roadside, staffed by a guitar-playing vendor - definitely part of the experience! I bought a lolly ice, too🍦😊
Mrs B reminded me I'd been before in 2016, but it was pissing down, so that was a brief visit. This time was sunny and more leisurely and immersive. I touched all the stones, but didn't count them as legend says it's impossible! ⬇️

Bookwomble I got talking to a nice American lady on holiday from Michigan. As the stones were likely erected as a Neolithic gathering place, it's incredible that 5,000 years later they're still bringing people together.
I rounded off my Stone Circle Day when I got home by listening to the Megaliths edition of Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time" podcast. I made good choices today! ?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001jkzg?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile
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julesG Sounds like a wonderful May Day! 3w
bibliothecarivs ❤️ all this 3w
Suet624 I explored some stone circles in Ireland. You're making me want to visit these!
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Bookwomble @Suet624 I'd love to visit some sites in Ireland, especially Newgrange. I hope you get to visit some stone circles before too long 😊 2w
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#DayOffAdventures
I wanted to visit one of the sites described in the book while reading it, & I've driven 2½ hours to Castlerigg by Keswick, Lake District. Even with tourists here (of which I'm one) is a special place. A natural amphitheatre on a colossal scale which my photos can't do justice to. Sounds of crows, tweety birds, lambs and the occasional car, engine struggling up hill. The people are quiet and respectful, as befits the setting 😌

Soubhiville Beautiful! 3w
Leftcoastzen So cool! Would love to visit these incredible sites ! 3w
LeahBergen Very cool! 3w
Bookwomble @Soubhiville @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen It is an amazing place. I'll definitely visit again. 3w
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#TuesdayTunes @TieDyeDude
'80s sophistipop sounds like it should be awful, but Prefab Sprout were in a class of their own. I love their first few albums, and "Steve McQueen" is just full of wonderful, emotional music. I'll link to the single, "When Love Breaks Down", but the whole album is exquisite. Takes me back to the year me and Mrs B first met ?
https://youtu.be/QeZkLV3ZjeI?si=xe7nhHgBfcONXHzG

TieDyeDude Good stuff. Thanks for sharing! 3w
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PROTOTYPE 3 | Jess Chandler
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#BookMail
PROTOTYPE 1 is the first yearly anthology from indie publisher Prototype, issued 2019. It's a collection of poetry, essays and images, the quality of which I'm about to test, and if it's good I'll see about getting the later editions.
Doorways is about the experience of homeless women, mixing poetry, essays and photographs of public doorways used as shelter by homeless people. Editor/photographer Bekki Perriman was herself homeless ⬇️

Bookwomble ... and uses her art to promote the voices of homeless people, allowing them to speak for themselves.
Both books are very nicely produced, being a larger than standard format, which was a bit of a surprise when the parcel landed on the mat.
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I've just finished the chapter on one of my favourite Bowie albums, "Heroes", learning about yet another of David's influences from the art world. The cover itself references Dali examining his hand for ants in "Un Chien Andalou", Heckel's painting "Roquairol" (which also inspired the cover for Iggy Pop's "The Idiot"), and Schiele's stylised hand gestures. The title song was famously inspired by David seeing two lovers ⬇️

Bookwomble ... (his record producer and a backing singer) kissing under the Berlin Wall, but that is only one layer, as David was enthusiastic about the painting by Otto Mueller, Liebespaar Zwischen Gartenmauern, "Lovers Between Garden Walls". Listening to Bowie's music and reading about his influences is an education ??‍? 3w
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Rebecca | Daphne D Maurier
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I kinda lost interest in Rebecca about ⅓ in, probably my scattergun neurodivergent brain as the writing is excellent, but it's long and I have so many other books to read!
Anyway, I picked it up again this morning and read the chapter about the broken Cupid ornament. A significant theme of the book is the English class system, and this chapter seems to emphasize the way the "lower" class defers to the "higher", how we're complicit in our own ⬇️

Bookwomble ... exploitation, and how we police each other to maintain a hierarchy that disadvantages us. Pretty grim reading, really. 3w
Suet624 Great analysis. 2w
Bookwomble @Suet624 Thank you 😊 2w
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