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  •  Knockbally, love the mental image of you (2+ / 0-)
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    sitting on the sofa with comforter and the cat.  You've piqued my curiosity by mentioning The Doomsday Book.  I also like to find out how people lived in those days.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:35:53 AM PST

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    •  I wish I were (3+ / 0-)

      on the sofa with the purring lap-warmer!  ;-)

      Connie Willis apparently became quite obsessed with the Middle ages when writing The Doomsday Book, and includes things like how the language would sound to our ears (the student has a kind of Babelfish thing in her ear that doesn't work at first) how people lived during that time, how they saw the world, and what the plague was like.

      It's terribly sad at times, and really moving as well.  Living in the Middle Ages isn't romanticized, but neither is it deplored.  The girl comes to care about the people in the little community where she ends up.  

      I think the book was written in the 1980s, so the 21st century is imagined, and there's an adventure going on in modern Oxford as well.  Less interesting, but still enjoyable.

      The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?” - Aldo Leopold

      by Knockbally on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:46:17 AM PST

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      •  That sounds really good. (1+ / 0-)
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        Knockbally

        Added to bookmarks. Thanks.

        "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

        by northsylvania on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:14:51 AM PST

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      •  there's a scene in the doomsday book (2+ / 0-)
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        Knockbally, Larin

        that just about crushed me---when rosemary drops the apple? You know the one?

        I had to put the book down because I started crying, and I almost never cry at anything.

        But it is a rewarding read (a bit anacrohnistic in the segments that take place in 2050, but that wasn't that bad.)

        pseudoscience can kill

        by terrypinder on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:22:35 AM PST

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        •  I know exactly the one, terry! (1+ / 0-)
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          It is so moving, so surprising (I thought rosemary was okay!) and devastating.  I rarely cry reading books, and I welled up at that.  Actually, I well up every time I read it.

          And I love every scene with little Agnes.  She's so perfectly drawn.

          The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?” - Aldo Leopold

          by Knockbally on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:32:34 AM PST

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