Posts Tagged ‘Romance’

Historical Fiction at Its Best!

August 23, 2017

The time has come for me to once again re-read the The Far Pavilions (which I do every three-to-four years for pure entertainment).  An epic novel of British-Indian history that was originally published in 1978 by M. M. Kaye (Mary Margaret).  I cannot explain exactly why I find this read so enthralling except for the possible reason that I’m a hopeless romantic deep down inside and enjoy the total “escapism” by reliving the story over and over.  It is by no means a quick read, either.  At just under 1,000 pages, this tome is a major undertaking, but is worth every treasured moment as I’m transported to nineteenth-century India for many evenings of adventure and romance.

In the opinion of Nancy Banks-Smith (critic for The Guardian), this book is “One of those big, fat paperbacks, intended to while away a monsoon or two, which, if thrown with a good overarm action, will bring a water buffalo to its knees.” (on 4 January 1984)

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, category: Books, entry #2, p. 41.


Happy Valentine’s Day 2017!

February 14, 2017

As we reflect on “love” and the important people in our lives, allow me to share one of my favorite poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Originally published in Sonnets From the Portuguese in 1850.

Happy Valentines Day, 2016!

February 14, 2016

So, how do you express your love or appreciation to that significant someone?  Here is an infographic that highlights the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day.


Total Escapism!

October 22, 2013

The_Far_PavilionsFor me, reading (and going to the movies) are all about escapism.  In The Far Pavilions I discovered a unique combination of romance and adventure in an epic tale about cultural identity, belonging, and love.  This book was published a couple of years after I had graduated from high school and I was captured from the very beginning.  As a matter of fact, I find this book so enthralling that it is the one book I find myself returning to every few years to re-read and enjoy again.  I just love it.  After finishing my most recent re-read (earlier this week), I am going to share a wonderful prayer that our hero (Ashok, aka Ashton Hillary Akbar Pelham-Martyn) voices early on in the book:

“Oh Lord, forgive three sins that are due to my human limitations.
Thou are everywhere, but I worship thee here;
Thou art without form, but I worship thee in these forms;
Thou needest no praise, yet I offer thee these prayers and salutations.
Lord, forgive three sins that are due to my human limitations.”

Thank you M. M. (Mary Margaret) Kaye, The Far Pavilions never disappoints.

Movie Recommendations!

August 2, 2011

After a weeklong marathon of indie movies at the Traverse City Film Festival, here is my list of highly recommended movies to see (if you are afforded the opportunity). I did see many more movies than on this list (many of which are worth viewing), and there were many more which I was unable to see, but these are the creme de la creme (in my humble opinion), the “must sees” of the thirteen movies I watched this last week.

Incendies.  A very dark drama/mystery, but a wonderfully surprising ending.
Romantics Anonymous. A delightful comedy/romance; I was in stitches for most of the film.
DeadHeads. An entertainingly fresh (and very funny) look at zombies.
Largo Winch. Great mystery/drama, full of intrigue. Action packed and very entertaining.  This one may come to a theater near you (or it should).  A very high quality movie (in my humble opinion).

Moving Right Along!

November 13, 2008

As I finish up the Podcast Tutorial (one of the challenges from the last 23Things lesson), I’m looking forward to completing the program in its entirety — I’m dangerously close and should wrap up the final lesson sometime this weekend!  

In the meantime, here’s the latest humor from . . . enjoy, but don’t look up!