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Old 02-20-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Well, so there! I read it anyway - and I didn't bend any pages.

So, on to the book - there is almost nothing known for a fact about Lillian Alling. She claimed to various people she met along the way that she had been brought over from Poland (which was then divided between Austria, Russia and...and...I forget which other country) to work as a maid for a rich New York doctor.

Some claimed she had told them she had received a letter stating her brother was in a prison camp and that is what precipitated her journey to Siberia.

I won't give anything away for anyone who wants to read it but there is so little information that I think the book would be a better novel, imagining what this woman went through so as to have more details. There's certainly no dialogue. There is a lot of mythology in the north Pacific, particularly in BC surrounding Alling, since once she reached BC, word of the strange, possibly crazy Russian woman had travelled ahead of her.

Interesting story though. I wouldn't have thought it was possible. I'm surprised a grizzly didn't eat her.
HAHAHAHAHA!!!! You little sneak! I might just tell him one day. Y'know, the day that I come over for the slice of cake that you didn't freeze for me, but ate even though you don't even LIKE that kind!

Thanks for the heads up on the book. Yeah, it's not my type of book and you're right that it would likely make a better novel. That said, if she traveled alone, there still wouldn't be any dialogue. She'd have to have multiple personalities that talk to each other. Nah, I wouldn't like that either. I'm out of luck on this one.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Canada
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HAHAHAHAHA!!!! You little sneak! I might just tell him one day. Y'know, the day that I come over for the slice of cake that you didn't freeze for me, but ate even though you don't even LIKE that kind!

Thanks for the heads up on the book. Yeah, it's not my type of book and you're right that it would likely make a better novel. That said, if she traveled alone, there still wouldn't be any dialogue. She'd have to have multiple personalities that talk to each other. Nah, I wouldn't like that either. I'm out of luck on this one.
That cake I don't even like is long gone.

As far as the potential for dialogue - the one thing that made me laugh is that when Alling got to the Alaskan border, she was stopped by the border agents because she had no passport of any kind - not Canadian nor American. All she had was a landing card from her original immigration. There were no border controls at the time she crossed over. And when the US border guard person wouldn't let her cross, the Alaskan paper reported she had replied to him with "four foul words," words not spelled out.

My goodness. I would think so! I might have used more than four foul words if I'd walked all the way from NYC to the Alaskan border. (she crossed the border in some other place, illegally)

I'm paraphrasing because if I had been able to bend the pages, I would be able to look it up quickly, but since I didn't bend pages, I am not sure where it is in the book. See. There are reasons we page-benders bend pages.

Anyway. I need some cake. We have a snowfall warning for today and tomorrow after a nearly snowless winter. It should be a rule that snowstorms require cake. Preferably deep, dark chocolate, with a ganache. Or a chocolate cheesecake. Or an amaretto cheesecake. Or homemade chocolate chip cookies.

But I don't want to bake any of it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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That cake I don't even like is long gone.

As far as the potential for dialogue - the one thing that made me laugh is that when Alling got to the Alaskan border, she was stopped by the border agents because she had no passport of any kind - not Canadian nor American. All she had was a landing card from her original immigration. There were no border controls at the time she crossed over. And when the US border guard person wouldn't let her cross, the Alaskan paper reported she had replied to him with "four foul words," words not spelled out.

My goodness. I would think so! I might have used more than four foul words if I'd walked all the way from NYC to the Alaskan border. (she crossed the border in some other place, illegally)

I'm paraphrasing because if I had been able to bend the pages, I would be able to look it up quickly, but since I didn't bend pages, I am not sure where it is in the book. See. There are reasons we page-benders bend pages.

Anyway. I need some cake. We have a snowfall warning for today and tomorrow after a nearly snowless winter. It should be a rule that snowstorms require cake. Preferably deep, dark chocolate, with a ganache. Or a chocolate cheesecake. Or an amaretto cheesecake. Or homemade chocolate chip cookies.

But I don't want to bake any of it.
You make me laugh like nobody's business, you cake-eating page-bender!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Utah
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That cake I don't even like is long gone.

As far as the potential for dialogue - the one thing that made me laugh is that when Alling got to the Alaskan border, she was stopped by the border agents because she had no passport of any kind - not Canadian nor American. All she had was a landing card from her original immigration. There were no border controls at the time she crossed over. And when the US border guard person wouldn't let her cross, the Alaskan paper reported she had replied to him with "four foul words," words not spelled out.

My goodness. I would think so! I might have used more than four foul words if I'd walked all the way from NYC to the Alaskan border. (she crossed the border in some other place, illegally)

I'm paraphrasing because if I had been able to bend the pages, I would be able to look it up quickly, but since I didn't bend pages, I am not sure where it is in the book. See. There are reasons we page-benders bend pages.

Anyway. I need some cake. We have a snowfall warning for today and tomorrow after a nearly snowless winter. It should be a rule that snowstorms require cake. Preferably deep, dark chocolate, with a ganache. Or a chocolate cheesecake. Or an amaretto cheesecake. Or homemade chocolate chip cookies.

But I don't want to bake any of it.
This book sounds so interesting! (I'm not much for cake though)
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Canada
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This book sounds so interesting! (I'm not much for cake though)
I'm not much for sweets either - except during snowstorms. The snow is covering the satellite dish so the TV's out, the internet is in and out and I can't sleep. The best thing to do while reading a book I'm not into much would be to eat cake. If I had it, of course.

So I ran around outside at 3am in the 4 or 5 inches it looks like we already have and took photos of trees bending down under the weight of the heavy snow. Hopefully a tree doesn't decide to land on the house.

It seems like The Dwarves will never come to an end but I still have this weird compulsion to keep reading it. Surely by page 433 something interesting should have happened.

Cake, please.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck. I had to temporarily give up on Absalom, Absalom!. I don't know why, but for some reason I simply could not get into it. I'd read a paragraph (or, should I say, a paragraph-long sentence?) and realize I hadn't paid any attention to what I read.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I'm almost done with Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake. I like it! It's about 100 yrs into the future, when we've ruined our world with commercialism & "science". The main charachter seems to be the only person left. Well...him & a tribe of hybrid people who he's playing prophet to.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:16 PM
 
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I'm reading a great book! It's a memoir from the same woman who wrote the earlier (and equally good) Change Me Into Zeus' Daughter, Barbara R. Ross. This one is when she got older and was in college. The name of it is Fierce. So good.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading A Gift Upon the Shore by W.K. Wren. Thank you, Netwit.

It's exceptional. The writer's style is such a pleasure to read. She is very lyrical and the story is really interesting. There are characters in this book that I really care about.

I love it.

I'll say one more thing. This is an old library book and I love to buy them because the books are covered with wonderful clear plastic that protects the dust jackets. This particular one came from the Chula Vista Public Library and I can't help but wonder how many folks checked out this book over the years.

I also like to buy used books listed on amazon by Goodwill. I have never had a bad experience with Goodwill and the book is always packaged well and gets to me PDQ.

It is such an amazing adventure to be interested in a book I am reading.

I found out something about myself a few weeks back. I was somewhat depressed and could not figure out why. I finally realized that I was feeling that way because I was reading a book I didn't like. I fixed that in a hurry.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm reading A Gift Upon the Shore by W.K. Wren. Thank you, Netwit.

It's exceptional. The writer's style is such a pleasure to read. She is very lyrical and the story is really interesting. There are characters in this book that I really care about.

I love it.

I'll say one more thing. This is an old library book and I love to buy them because the books are covered with wonderful clear plastic that protects the dust jackets. This particular one came from the Chula Vista Public Library and I can't help but wonder how many folks checked out this book over the years.

I also like to buy used books listed on amazon by Goodwill. I have never had a bad experience with Goodwill and the book is always packaged well and gets to me PDQ.

It is such an amazing adventure to be interested in a book I am reading.

I found out something about myself a few weeks back. I was somewhat depressed and could not figure out why. I finally realized that I was feeling that way because I was reading a book I didn't like. I fixed that in a hurry.
I'm glad you're enjoying it. She does have a lyrical style.

I finally finished The Dwarves. It picked up around page 500. I am interested enough, even if not totally enthralled, that I might pick up one of the sequels eventually. But not just yet. Struggling along for 500 pages before I can really get interested took the wind out of me for the time being.

I'm not sure what I'm going to read next. I'm a little fearful of getting stuck in another book for an eternity.
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