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Wed Apr 19th, 2017

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08:48 pm - Reading Wednesday
Last finished?
A Distant Mirror, finally. Now I know more about the 14th century than I did, but still think Tuchman more fun when talking about the 20th.

The Hanging Valley, an Inspector Banks mystery, no.1 in the omnibus I failed to give away. This is an earlier one where Banks is still happily married and he, or his author, is less likely to comment on the breasts of every woman he meets. It's also the one where Banks visits Toronto in a precisely rendered late 80s summer, either '87 or '88 (the book is dated '89), both of which were hideous. Banks hits certain areas I'm familiar with. Can't guarantee that Pauper's or the Madison in those days were truly Brit pubs where the expats hung out, but it's always possible.

Started on no.2 in that anthology, and if it remains as weird about women as no.1 was in its way, I shall not bother to read no.3. It has a Lesbian couple, so no bets.

The Wandering Scholars of course, still.

Didn't start Carolingian Portraits since none of them were of scholars that Waddell mentions.

Have The House of Binding Thorns and still haven't started it. May need better weather or not-April.

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Date:April 20th, 2017 10:03 am (UTC)
AS in DCI Banks, set in Yorkshire? Well I don't know about now, but having spent the latter part of my ten years in the UK in Huddersfield,W. Yorkshire, I can tell you that men up North are quite fixated with them things it isn't even funny. As a 'furriner' I vacillated between being quite horrified by it all or charmed (in an odd sort of way).

But like I said this is some 25 odd years ago now. So maybe the writer is just writing it as it is. I don't know. ^_^ The tv series (made later?) doesn't dwell so much on the boob thing.

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Date:April 20th, 2017 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, the same. OK, put it down to high realism. Still grates a bit that the author never questions it.
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Date:April 20th, 2017 02:17 pm (UTC)
I see it now, in books of yesteryear and do question it but I dunno, I guess it is very much a 'for the time' back in the day ... However writer's then have the excuse, but what does that say for people who write in the here and now and cling on to these things ... I dunno.

I hope the other books aren't as bad.

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