Different Drummer

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." ~Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Heaven must be a place where the library is open"

“As I stood outside in Cow Lane, it occurred to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week  . . .No ... eight days a week.” 
― Alan BradleyThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie."~ 

Now, what book lover wouldn't love a book with quotes like that in it?  

Thursday, April 25th we met at Ann's new home and got the GRAND tour . . . what a beautiful home and so perfect for their family!  

After the tour we discussed Alan Bradley's, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  Most everyone liked Flavia de Luce, her intelligence, her sleuthing style and her interesting view of life ~ some wanted to read more of Alan Bradley and others did not.

This book had a quirky humor  . . .
“Whenever I'm out-of-doors and find myself wanting to have a first-rate think, I fling myself down on my back, throw my arms and legs out so that I look like an asterisk, and gaze at the sky. ”  

And  . . .“Anyone who knew the word slattern was worth cultivating as a friend.” 

As well as interesting insights from a young woman coming from a dysfunctional family . . .

“What intrigued me more than anything else was finding out the way in which everything, all of creation - all of it! - was held together by invisible chemical bonds, and I found a strange, inexplicable comfort in knowing that somewhere, even though we couldn't see it in our own world, there was a real stability.” 

“I reached out and touched his hands and they stilled at once. I had observed—although I did not often make use of the fact—that there were times when a touch could say things that words could not.” 

Alan Bradley was born in Canada in 1938.  He worked as a radio and television engineer.  In his early 30s he became more interested in writing and joined a writers group.  He wrote several short stories that were read on CBC radio.  In 2007, his wife encouraged him to enter a British murder mystery writing contest, developing a character that briefly made an appearance in a novel he was writing  at the time.   'The girl on the campstool,' became Flavia de Luce.

In May, we will be reading, "Unbroken," by Laura Hillenbrandt and meeting at Carolyn's home on Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 p.m.

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