Book Quotes

Please feel free to send in your favourite book or author quotes. Here are a few more!

If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.
Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Books describe customs and morals; books do not prescribe them
Theophile Gautier (1811-72)

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

What use is a book that does not even enable us to travel into a land beyond books?
Friedrich Nietzcsche (1844-1900)

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Dick Francis crossfire

The latest Dick Francis book is entitled Crossfireand is another galloping read. This is the first time I haven’t bought his book in hardcover hot off the press (sorry to all the friends that always borrowed my copy). But I was traveling and couldn’t resist an engrossing read on the airplane. I have a very long history of reading either Terry Pratchett or Dick Francis on transatlantic flights! Thank heavens they have produced many books! Mr Francis died earlier this year, but one of his sons has been writing with him for some time, and researching for even longer. I have thought it a fairly smooth transition.
Every book has been about some element of British horse racing. In this one a soldier returns home to his mothers stables wounded from the war in Afghanistan. There have been a number of irregularities with her horses and he sets about investigating. It was perhaps more formulaic than usual, you know what to expect in many of his books, but he still enters into the English subconscious with startling accuracy. The war, plight of soldiers, life of the stable, the economy and social order are all taken to task, revealing rather unpleasant truths.
I will look forward to Felix Francis’ continuation, in his own right. In fact waiting for the next book, next year is going to be hard.

The Botticelli Secret, Marina Fiorata

I simply loved Fiorata’s The Glassblower of Murano (set in the 1600s), and awaited her second novel with relish. The Botticelli Secret is set 200 years earlier (1480s) in Florence (and many other Italian cities)! and is a captivating read. The painting by Botticelli for the Medici family of La Primavera (the goddess Flora) is the subject of this fictional account. Fiorata researched many scholarly tomes to include much factual information, while giving this a fast paced romantic thriller read. I enjoyed reading about the painting, as much as the main characters as they develop. Luciana, the model for the painting, is an interesting choice for heroine. Part model, ‘full time whore’, humourous, and completely fascinating. The account starts because she is angry at not being paid for her modelling, so she steals the unfinished painting!   Brother Guido is her counterpart, counterpoint: education, refined, naive. La Pimavera was one of Fiorata’s  favourite paintings – and the books has as many secrets as the painting has opinions!

Vanora Bennett’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman is another intricate interesting read about historical figures, and history within paintings. At that book review I said I would never look at paintings the same way again, although I have always tried to determine what the painting meant, what was hidden in plain sight.
Fiorato recommended several books for further reading, which I have also particularly enjoyed: Katherine (Anya Seton), My Lady’s Crusade (Annette Motley), Leper of St Giles (Ellis Peters) and Lady of Hay (Barbara Erskine).

Morning coffee!

There will be a morning coffee at Caribou Coffeenorth (next to Noodles, Target at 41st St. and Hwy 52) TOMORROW Wednesday 22nd September from 7:30 to 9:30am. This event is being sponsored by the RSVP for the RSVP Library Volunteers. They so generously provide funds for one of our parking places which truly helps our volunteers!
Special thanks to Caribou Coffee too for their generous caffeine support when we need it!

Scotland 2010

Edinburgh was the first UNESCO city of literature. It is certainly a place where people get involved with words, holding one if not the largest book festivals in the world. But it is also home to many authors, writers, poets,past and present. The city now has a literature quarter along the High Street, between the castle and the palace! Besides one of my favorite museums -the writer’s museum, there are new venues such as the Scottish book trust, the Scottish storytelling centre and the Scottish poetry library. There are 26 lending libraries as well as the national library, a repository for published works (as well as priceless manuscripts and volumes of early authors). There is also a wonderful array of bookstores!

Scotland has a long literary history from its parliament passing the first compulsory education law in 1496, publishing industry beginning in 1508, the amazing Scottish enlightenment, to its current literary status in the world. Edinburgh isn’t quite built on books, but it has always been filled with writers, as well as a destination spot for literary travelers.
I share two quotes that you might recognise:
“Did not such strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the Country I should chuse to spend the Remainder of my days in.” Benjamin Franklin on visiting Edinburgh

“It seemed as if the rock and castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them; and Arthurs Seat was perfect witchcraft. I don’t wonder that anyone residing in Edinburgh should write poetically.” Washington Irving.

They certainly write poetically about their whisky too. I will have much to talk about on our Celtic Evening celebration!

Book Quotes

More Book Quotes to start your day!

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773)

You may judge a man’s knowledge by the marginalia in his books. Chinese Proverb

Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.  John Ruskin (1819-1900)