Tuesday, December 02, 2008

It's Tuesday...

I'm still in China, or rather, I'll be heading back to the brothel in China soon (The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein) but for the last couple of days, I interrupted my training and took a short trip half-way round the world to 19th c. rural England where I attended a lovely ball (The Watsons by Jane Austen).

Lord Osborne was silenced. Her manner had been neither sententious nor sarcastic, but there was a something in its mild seriousness, as well as in the words themselves, that made his lordship think, and when he addressed her again, it was with a degree of considerate propriety totally unlike the half-awkward, half-fearless style of his former remarks.
(The Watsons by Jane Austen)


  1. I love Jane Austen, but I've never heard of this particular book. Sounds good, though.

  2. I hope you're enjoying The Painter From Shanghai. I loved that book!

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  3. I just love Jane Austen - she has such a way with descriptions - gives you a really great visual!

    Here's my Teaser! It even includes a movie trailer for the book!

    :) Wendi

  4. You know, I've never read any Jane Austen (I know I know, sorry) but I love this style of speech. I will add one to my TBR list soon.

  5. I can't wait to read The Painter of Shanghai - are you enjoying it?

    Love your new header, by the way!


  6. I've never heard of The Watsons!! Where di you find that? Must find!!!

  7. Betty - It's actually only a fragment of a novel that she never finished. Even though it's a bit rough, when it came to an end, much too soon, I couldn't help wanting for the story to go on.

    Anna - I've really enjoyed what I've read of The Painter of Shanghai so far and look forward to getting back into it.

    Wendi B. - She really does have a wonderful way of describing scenes and people.

    Cheryl - I love her style! You should definitely try at least one of her books at some point. :)

    Shana - Like I said to Anna above, I have really enjoyed what I've read of it so far! Must get back to it.

    Nancy - It's just a fragment of an early unfinished work. It's often bound with another couple of her unfinished ones like Sanditon, or Lady Susan but the copy I have it's on its own in a lovely Hesperus Press edition. I wished it didn't end so soon but it was a joy to read regardless. Hesperus have a couple more by Austen that I hadn't heard of before that I'm sure I'll have to get too.

  8. I have The Painter of Shanghai on my shelf here, waiting to be read. I am glad you are enjoying it so far, Nat.

    I am not familiar with The Watsons either. Good to know it's from an unfinished novel. I'll have to look for it!

  9. Wendy - I am enjoying The Painter of Shanghai but I keep reading it in fits and starts. I'd love to sit down and just read for a few hours to really get into it.
    The Watsons is very short. I noted down 66 pages for my reading log, but that's including the introduction!


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