#Bookreview ‘Sense & Sensibility’ by Jane Austen #TuesdayBookBlog #ccbookreview

Today, I’m reviewing as part of my 50 Classics Challenge, ‘Sense & Sensibility’ by Jane Austen.

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Blurb (from Amazon):

Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor’s reason nor Marianne’s passion can lead them to perfect happiness—as Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal and Elinor becomes attached to a man who’s already engaged.

Startling secrets, unexpected twists, and heartless betrayals interrupt the marriage games that follow. Filled with satiric wit and subtle characterizations, Sense and Sensibility teaches that true love requires a balance of reason and emotion.

 

Did I like it?

Yes and no. Yes for the language. It is just beautiful to read ‘Is it not’ instead of ‘isn’t it’. Reading something from someone who knew how to use words, how to paint a picture with words is just a pleasure.

What I didn’t like?

I’m not quite sure if Didn’t like is the perfect expression for it. But the constant money centred approach of several people is …revolting. John Dashwood for example His wife.

Would I recommend it?

Sure, if you haven’t read it, there’s a part of literary history missing in your life. 17 points out of 20

Ausone’s notebook, 70.th instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, Humans. Life’s still quiet in my little kingdom. It’s no longer cold, already something I like. Wet and windy as usual, I like that less. A lot less.

I haven’t commented on politics for a while. But today, I’m afraid, it will be a completely politics edition. Not only international, Belgians are capable of producing crap on their own.

Let’s start with international politics.

The US of A elected their new president last November. The outcome of this election is already something that’s very hard for me to understand. OK, if you only have the choice between two candidates (which they hadn’t). You take your decision, based on facts. One candidate represented the political establishment. Parts of her team were from something very bad for the environment. And being a woman doesn’t necessarily mean that you represent change. Something that the voters in the US apparently wanted more than everything else. I can understand that.

BUT. There are so many things in the behaviour of this guy that are just plain wrong it nearly hurts just to write them down.

1.During one of his speeches he was making fun of a journalist sitting in a wheelchair. Not about the fact that he’s a journalist. Nope, about the fact that he’s handicapped and sitting in a wheelchair. First and foremost you just don’t do that. And if you want to know why? Ever heard the expression, ‘human decency’? Apparently not.

2.During a TV interview, he said something about how to treat women. ‘Grab ‘em by the p…’. And this “thing” was afterwards called ‘ locker room talk’. The guy is not 16 years old. It would still be wrong saying something like that at 16 years of age. But you have an excuse. With the age of this guy, you haven’t any.

3.He claimed that he would clean the swamp. OK, I can get that someone would vote for him based on this premise. If you now look at his chosen secretaries and other members of his staff. Cleaning the swamp should look differently.

4.Apparently the guy is a successful businessman. Just ask yourself one question, Why was he the first who didn’t publish his tax returns? He’s got something to hide?

5.Again, he seems to be a billionaire. Why should he do something for the not so rich? If you’re not rich, he will do nothing for you.

6.During a speech at an event for the media, an actress (Meryl Streep) was saying something a bit along this line. Mostly about the way he the then president elect treated the guy in the wheelchair. She wasn’t mentioning this president elect even once. He commented on Twitter.: Overrated actress. And he didn’t do what she claimed he did. It was and still is on footage. I guess this is called ‘alternative truth’ now. Looks like someone has read ‘1984’. Although I strongly doubt that they got what Orwell was saying in this book.

7.The Mexican state is refusing to pay for the wall he wants to construct. Just, why should they?

8.In the end, what are you expecting they voted TWICE for GWB.

Belgium. There would be two things but it’s already enough. So, just one.

There is a thing called ‘Publifin’ in Liège. They are talking care of the things financial concerning pubic investments. Building roads, schools, etc. Their board of advisors consists of mainly politicians. Until now not a problem, although you could start to smell the rat. The members of this board of advisors were very, very good paid for their participation. Although this is not completely correct, because they didn’t have to participate. They just needed to be a member of this council to be paid. Even if they weren’t there. More than 100€ per hour of their time. A time they didn’t have to spent in these reunions. But they were paid for it. Paid for being elected to a council and potentially doing what they should do. But no obligation. Just being paid.

The secretary responsible for it had to step down. Because the pressure got to much to bear. Not because he wasn’t doing his job, the pressure was too high. At least Belgian politicians can’t start a third world war.

Aren’t politics fun?

Just to calm down, a nice photo of me taken by my preferred photographer.

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See you next week

Yours

Ausone

THROUGH THE BARRICADES by @denisedeegan Fabulous #Irish war time #HistFic #SundayBlogShare

Rosie Amber

Through the BarricadesThrough the Barricades by Denise Deegan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Through The Barricades is an Irish based historical fiction.

The prologue opens in 1906, a house fire. Maggie Gilligan’s father gets her to safety out of a bedroom window. His last words to her are “Make a difference in the world, Maggie”.

Chapter one begins in 1913, Dublin. It is seven years after her father’s death. Maggie meets Daniel and Michael, two boys who help her with a flat bicycle tyre. They talk of trouble in the city, strikers are causing riots, Maggie fiercely defends them to the surprise of the boys.

Daniel is intrigued by Maggie, his privileged upbringing has sheltered him from the plight of the poor. He is determined to see Maggie again and learn more. Maggie challenges Daniel to help her at a food kitchen and her determination to help those in need and…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT ARDENT JUSTICE by Peter Taylor-Gooby Financial #Thriller

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Today’s team review is from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Judith has been reading Ardent Justice by Peter  Taylor-Gooby

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My Review:

It could be seen churlish to be in any way negative about Ardent Justice, especially as the reader is told up front that the book is  endorsed by Polly Toynbee and that the book is inspired by such eminent authors as Zoe Fairbairns and Lionel Shriver. And that all profits will go to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. But the mention of this somehow grated on me; it was as though I was being challenged to find any fault in the novel.

So, gripe over and having said that I will try to be as balanced as I can in this review.

Starting with the Blurb. There are too many small details in the second paragraph that is more or less repeated in the last. I’m not sure the second paragraph…

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New Year. New You. Motivate Me Week 4 – Planning for a Perfect Year with @ShelleyWilson72 #wwwblogs

Rosie Amber

New Year. New You.

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Let Shelley Wilson help you keep to your New Year Resolutions

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Week 1 – Reviewing 2016 and looking forward to 2017 http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-9BO

Week 2: Power words for 2017 http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-9BX

Week 3: Setting 2017 Goals http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-9C0

Week Four: Motivational Guest Post – Planning for a Perfect Year

When I was planning out my resolution challenge for How I Changed My Life in a Year, I had a year to view wall-planner where I could plan out my challenges and assign a day/date for all the relevant blog posts. At a glance, I knew exactly what I was going to be working on that week. Any panic or anxiety about the content I needed for a particular blog post disappeared once I looked at my planner.

I received feedback from hundreds of women across the globe following the publication of How I Changed My Life in a…

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Interview with Author @MortonSGray #TuesdayBookBlog #ChocLit

Choc lit? OK, another label I don’t get

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I’m delighted to welcome Choc Lit author, Morton Gray to chat about her writing, winning Choc Lit’s Search for a Star, and her new book, The Girl on the Beach which is out TODAY! Happy Release Day, Morton 🙂

morton-grayThe Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born in Birmingham, U.K., but lived for most of my life in the West Midlands. I moved to Worcestershire when I married my husband, but still consider myself to be a Black Country lass and have the family history to prove it.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

There was never a clear career path in my mind, so I tried to keep my education quite general. After a business studies degree, I joined a large organisation and enjoyed being moved around the company. I worked in administration, committee services, training and management development…

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Ausone’s notebook, 69.th instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, Humans. As I am still in hibernation mode it getting harder and harder to find a suitable topic to talk about.

There would be one but there are still some informations missing. So; it may have to wait until next week. My humans are going to the theatre this evening. ‘Lundi de poche” at the theatre ‘Le poche’ in Charleroi and the important stuff is. The guy who is the invited one for this monthly act is a Belgian politician who is a bit under pressure at the moment. Will he be there or not? But this the humans will see this evening. And I can talk about it next week.

So what to talk about today? The US have inaugurated their new president? Nah, although I like to talk about human follies. There are, even for me, limits. The spiritual beliefs of my favourite human? His beliefs, not mine. Cat food flavours? Nah, not again.

One thing left. Crappy pure breed or Rashid. You can’t remember who that is? Here you are.

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Rashid is the one I have the pleasure of sharing my humans with. And to not forget, I have the pleasure of….Accepting his strange behaviour? And believe me he is strange. Just some examples. There are three bowls at our eating place. One is filled with water, we share, no problem. One is filled with my dried food. The other with his wet food. Doesn’t sound like a problem yet. He has his preferences, I have mine. He, for what reason ever, needs a change in taste. My fried food is always the same flavour. Occasionally I take a bit of the wet stuff, but I general just the dried variety for me. He, on the other hand, prefers the wet stuff. And he’s quite special with his flavour. You never know which flavour he wants at the moment. Never. Could be that he wants a change with every delivery or not. He wants to stay with the same flavour. Which doesn’t mean that if he tasted half or a delivery that he doesn’t want a change now. And this now means immediately. Still not a problem for me. But we come to that. It happens that he’s taking a bite of his wet stuff. Lets it fall in my dried food and then eats the mixture. But it’s only him who decides when he wants that mixture. No sense in preparing the mixture especially for him. He won’t eat it. Regularly he forgets he’s a cat. And he’s behaving like a dog. Following his preferred human wherever she goes. Complaining if she closes a door in front of him. The word patience he’s never heard. If he wants something he wants it NOW. He needs to cuddle on top of one of the humans (I don’t do that!). He prefers to sleep UNDER the blanket. He needs his toilet IN the house. He’s even capable of leaving the house (no matter what weather there is) coming back and going on his toilet. You will never see me doing stuff like that. If it happens (quite often) that he receives a delivery of food and he doesn’t like it, he’s walking away. If I should be there and give the wet food a try. You can be sure of he’s coming back, putting his head in the bowl to make me stop eating it. And then HE eats the food that he didn’t like 2 minutes before.

In short, I would so miss him if he wasn’t here.

See you next week
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Yours

Ausone