Frederica by Georgette Heyer

bookshelves: fraudio, spring-2011, regency-romp1811–1820, chick-lit, period-piece, published-1965, dog-steals-the-show

Read from May 03 to 04, 2011

** spoiler alert ** The tape is a bit harsh on the ears but a gift is always lovely.

I learnt that it is milch cow (cow which gives milk or is kept for milk production) not mulch cow, the term I have been erroneously using all the xx years of my life.

Learn something new everyday.

The Baluchistan Hound steals this wonderful story.

The year is 1818 – …(of a temple in Green Park): “erected there as part of the pageantry of the Peace celebrations in 1814, but as this temporary structure had been demolished, Charis thought, four years, later, that the Green Park was hardly worth a visit.”

Alverstoke is three years Brummell’s junior (Chap. 6) and he has given his age to Frederica as 37 (Chap. 3). Since Brummell was born in 1778, Alverstoke must have been born in 1781, therefore it is now 1818.

Uh-oh – there is a ‘heart-shaped face’ mentioned in chapter ten so a star is deducted.

The Magus by John Fowles

published-1965, spring-2014, film-only, re-visit-2014, greece, mythology, nazi-related, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, play-dramatisation, wwii

Read from January 01, 1973 to May 07, 2014


Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen

Description: An English teacher arrives on a sleepy Greek island to take up a vacant teaching post. The last man to hold the post committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. Slowly but surely, he is drawn into a bizarre game engineered by a reclusive local magician. The deeper into the game he is drawn, the more he senses danger… yet cannot seem to untangle himself from the fascinating and compelling influence that the game is having on his mind.

Quite ironic – this is the film of the book about the film of the meta-play of a real event.

Quinn was fantastic in this, and I cannot but help remembering when he was a young lad who turned up at one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s workshops and was advised to have a small operation on his mouth…