This book grabbed my heart from page 1 till the end. I have waited forty three years to meet this amazing writer. This first of her adult books, has come to be my favorite title. I am aware I have tendencies to exaggerate, and I speak very passionately about books an authors. This is, however, a very serious affair. Elizabeth Goudge mentions in this book, Don Quixote and Rocinante. Knight and horse, and the book by Cervantes, are intricate to her story. And this book is my favorite title in the Spanish language. Her second literary reference is Alice in Wonderland… how could this be? Lewis Carroll is a dear author too. And it does not stop there… Walter de la Mare, Shakespeare… and a few unknown authors and titles which I will explore as soon as possible, such as Life of Samuel Johnson, which one of the characters was reading.
This does not stop there either. Her references to flowers, birds, and nature as a part of our lives are indescribable. Her talent to paint characters, from children to grown ups, men or women alike, and to map human emotions, our conscience, our struggles in life and personalities, has no equal.
This takes me to another book I want to present you wit, Literary England. I got it at a book sale for one dollar, and it has proven so far the best spent dollar this year! It is my literary timeline all in one. Now authors I had scrambled, are taking their place in the chronology of England as a place, and as a language and literary canon that has influenced other writers in other languages.
I cannot wait to start showing the girls some photos and reading some short poems starting with Arthur, and continuing, on photo 17, with The Battle of Hastings.
While reading To Say Nothing of the Dog, when she mentions the Battle of Hastings, I told my husband, ‘there, this is a great book, for what book mentions the Battle of Hastings and it is a mediocre book!’.
The Spaniards, with adjacent photo not shown here, of a place in London I.have.visited years and years ago, LOL.
|Photo of a dark room for developing photo film.|