Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kim

KimKim by Rudyard Kipling

I am only three chapters into reading "Kim." The Great Game has yet to unfold, but I've already found a few gems.

As the Lama and Kim head for the Great Trunk Road on their journey to find the River, a local retired soldier points them the way. He comes prepared with his sword, just in case...

"The sword" he said, fumbling it. "Oh, that was a fancy of mine, an old man's fancy. Truly the police orders are that no man must bear weapons throughout Hind, but"--he cheered up and slapped the hilt--"all the constabeels hereabout know me."

"It is not a good fancy," said the lama. "What profit to kill men?"

"Very little--as I know; but if evil men were not now and then slain it would not be a good world for weaponless dreamers. ”


And a little later, they reach the road.

"See, Holy One--the Great Road which is the backbone of all Hind...A man goes in safety here for at every few koss is a police-station. The police are thieves and extortioners, but at least they do not suffer any rivals."

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Young Men in Spats (Goodbye to All Cats)

Young Men in SpatsYoung Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse

Whenever I'm tempted to throw in the towel, I turn to Wodehouse. He never disappoints. What is it with British writers and humor?

"Do you know," said a thoughtful Bean, "I'll bet that if all the girls Freddie Widgeon has loved and lost were placed end to end--not that I suppose one could do it--they would reach half-way down Piccadilly."

"Further than that," said Egg. "Some of them were pretty tall. What beats me is why he ever bothers to love them. They always turn him down in the end. He might just as well never begin. Better, in fact, because in the time saved he could be reading some good book."


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Monday, March 10, 2014

Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones #3)

Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3)Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"HARHARBLOODY HAR. Put that in your pipe hole and smoke it, society!" --Bridget Jones

Picked this up for a fun weekend read and it did not disappoint. Some reviewers have wondered why Bridget at 50 is just as ditzy as she was in her 30s, but how much does a person really change once they become an adult? (Is Bridget an adult? ) Some of the best parts were Jones trying to figure out Twitter and manage her kids' electronic devices.

And, of course, there is a Jane Austen reference:

'We've been texting for weeks. Surely it's rather like in Jane Austen's day when they did letter-writing for months and months and then just, like, immediately got married?'

'Bridget. Sleeping with a twenty-nine-year-old off Twitter on the second date is not "rather like Jane Austen's day."'


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