Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belport by Edith Wharton

Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belport by Edith Wharton  this is a collection of magazine articles the author wrote during the first world war. It covers several trips she took to the French sector of the front lines. There is little here to interest a military historian though perhaps a social historian may find more here. The writing is occasionally beautiful. I'm going to track down some of her novels. This edition has a modern forward as well as a short biography. There are endnotes but it is unclear if they are new or originated in the text. This isn't the amount of apparatus that say Penguin would give but it's better than most of the publishers of public domain texts.

Recommended for the literary craft displayed.

Note:This book was provided through Librarything's early reviewer Program.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

To hell with it

I don't give up on books. There are ones sitting in my "currently reading collection" that have been there for years. In the last month I completed a book I had been working on for 4 years. That being said I'm giving up on Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy. I knew it was bad. I tried reading it for the argument. Then I tried reading it for the humor value but I can't. I don't know if it gets better after page 63 and I don't care.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The great reorganization

For awhile now I've known that I will be running out of bookshelves.  The good news in about 14 months that will be fixed.  I can't really discuss why but you can probably guess.  In the meanwhile I have to figure out what to do.  I've had to start stacking books inside the shelves.  I didn't want to do this because it makes it difficult to figure out just what is there.  I've started going through shelves looking for books I haven't read and stacking the ones I have.  Not ideal but maybe it will get me to the finish line.

Friday, June 11, 2010


I think this is the longest I haven't posted anything ever....