Feb. 13th, 2010

felis_ultharus: The Pardoner from the Canterbury Tales (Default)
So I have a pile of books on my desk I've been meaning to review. The oldest of these is The Wind in the Willows, a book many read in childhood but which I only came to as an adult.

I knew it mostly as the book Margaret Atwood mocked. She even wrote a much-anthologized poem about it, called "The Animals in That Country." I didn't even think to read it until I read that Kenneth Grahame was what we now call Neo-Pagan, although the term didn't exist then. He'd written an essay he didn't dare publish, favouring the worship of Mother Nature. His wife was even more fanatical. She didn't want to get married in a church, though Grahame insisted for respectability's sake.

Which brings to The Wind in the Willows. See, there's a deeply Pagan chapter that's almost always removed from modern editions. When I heard that, I started looking for an old edition that still had this chapter, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn." Then one landed in my hands entirely by accident.

Review continues )

Other than that, things are quiet. I'm working on a third novel right now - I'll need space to re-do the second I nearly finished after I submitted my first. Still waiting to hear back on the first, but it's only been two months, and they said it could take up to six.


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