Showing posts from December, 2011

Website on History of London

I came across a great website on the history of London.

Blissful Blogging!

Book Review: The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace

"He executed a handsome bow. You look lovely tonight, he told her. Just like you fell out of the sky. He lifted her small hand, bent low to kiss it, and slipped away into the crowd." page 9

In 19th century Italy 18 year old Contessa Carolina Fantoni is going blind, no one believes her except her friend Turri. Carolina has known her neighbor Turri since she was a young girl. Their friendship grows and strengthens, she feels a kindred soul in him. Turri is a creative, imaginative, brilliant inventor. He is married and has a son. Meanwhile Carolina's parents do not believe her when she states she believes she is going blind. They encourage her to proceed with marrying handsome Pietro. As Carolina's peripheral vision disappears and her sight world diminishes, she depends more on her memory and on those whom she feels she can trust most.
What I loved most about this story was Carolina's descriptions of scents, smells, and even visual images until her sight world turn…

Winter Reading Theme 2012

Just after the New Year I will be starting a new reading theme, Russia. 
I have the following books to read:
Catherine The Great, Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Five Empresses, Court Life in Eighteenth-Century Russia by Evgenii V. Anisimov
Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Chekhov Seven Short Novels by Anton Chekhov Translated by Barbara Makanowitzky
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
And, if I'm really ambitious......War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

There is a new book about Tolstoy:
I would love to read this book too! It's on my wish list over at Amazon.

In past years I read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Idiot and The House of the Dead and Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky, also Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. I'll not be reading those books again this time.