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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


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I have a similar fascination with both WWI and WWII... but WWII would be my grandparents' generation, and my great-grandfather fought in WWI. Do you suppose that we tend to romanticize these things which are further away from our time, historically speaking?

In any case, this was a great post. And my neverending "Need to Read" list has just expanded... :)


Oh yes, I'm sure the further back the more we are able to romanticize things. Think of the Civil War which is kind of our equivalent of WWI in the sense that civilians were targets, it was fought in people's front yards etc.

"Back to the Front" is also a really good book by a guy whose grandfathers fought in WWI. He goes with a friend who wants to see the Western Front and when they get to the spot and pull out the WWI maps they realize there is still a visible scar for miles where the earth was torn up and the chalk subsoil rose to the top. This is in the early 1980s which is just stunning to think about. He treks the whole Western Front and tries to look at things without romanticizing them. Lots of odd facts, bits of trivia and just plain fascinating.

Loved your blog. Today I was out in the garden with my husband trying to rake leaves and shred them for mulch for next spring. Also brought in the deck furniture and all of our ceramic decorative pots. This was with temps that never got much above 30 degrees and a light rain falling. I am not ready for winter esp. after all the recent warm days!

Sarah Laurence

This is a great Veterans Day post. That Singled Out book sounds interesting.

I enjoy dovegreyreader too. I met her at the Oxford Literary Festival, and she’s as charming as her blog. Another good resource for finding book blogs is BritLitBlogs. It’s a directory of UK book bloggers. Both are in my blog sidebar. I wish we had the American equivalent.

Although I like to go to local independent bookstores first, you can usually find most titles through Amazon.


Sarah — You're right, it would be nice to have an American equivalent of the BritLitBlogs. There seem to be garden equivalents with Blotanical etc.

And yes, I always try local before Amazon. We are lucky that we still have a good feminist bookstore in Madison.

Easy and Elegant Life

Obsessed as I am with the period between the wars, I broke out of my habit and recently purchased "The Perfect Summer." I'm waiting for "beach week" to have at it.

Wonderful and thoughtful post, as always.


Of course, it is your period of interest that saw such a creative frenzy and all the cultural changes as modernism arrived and the war departed.

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