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Still here

Posted in Books, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, Life, Poetry, Reading by onlyanovel on November 11, 2008

Sony PRS-505
Still here, but the odds were not really against it. Things tend to quiet down sooner or later and then I allow myself the luxury of doing things which I find creatively satisfying. While neglecting this blog I was learning other things, mostly about people, and I’ll leave it at that. I have also found myself in the delightful situation of reading multiple books at the same time. From Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford, it’s a wonderful, if self-indulgent, place to be for one striving to be literate. My recent acquisition of a Sony eBook reader certainly has a lot to do with that. So, yes, I have been reading, just not writing, and I have some catching up to do in the blogging department.

I do have a few books wrapped up and ready to be blogged. I’ll be writing about these in the coming weeks. The short version of the reviews: I loved them all.

 
Affinity

Affinity
by Sarah Waters

The Night Watch

The Night Watch
by Sarah Waters

Housekeeping

Housekeeping
by Marilynne Robinson

 

In the meantime, how about a full-length movie? Yes, it’s Jane Austen—Ang Lee’s 1995 award-winning film, Sense and Sensibility, Oscar-winning screenplay written by Emma Thompson, who also co-starred in the film with Kate Winslet. It’s free and it’s legal. For now, it’s available only to U.S. audiences. Courtesy of Hulu.

Or how about something from Emily Dickinson? I can’t lose either way. From c. 1858:

It’s all I have to bring today —
This, and my heart beside —
This, and my heart, and all the fields —
And all the meadows wide —
Be sure you count — should I forget
Some one the sum could tell —
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

 

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  1. Laura Essendine said, on November 12, 2008 at 12:49 am

    If you’re enjoying Cranford on PBS see if you can also get hold of North & South starring Richard Armitage. A lot more brooding and romantic than Cranford – but in a good way.

    It’s 4 hours long but you must watch it all in one go – preferably with chocolate on the side. Look out for the scene where Margeret drives away in the snow leaving John staring after her and have the tissues ready.

    Pure magic.
    Laura Essendine
    Author – The Accidental Guru

  2. Arti said, on November 12, 2008 at 7:32 am

    After each “Lost In Austen” episode, we’ve the chance to see one Austen adaptation. And this time it was S&S. I think it’s most true to the original story, love the scenery and music. BTW, have you a chance to see Emma Thompson’s acceptance speech at the Oscars after winning Best Screenplay with S&S?

    Here it is : http://rippleeffects.wordpress.com/2008/03/12/in-praise-of-austen-emma-thompsons-acceptance-speech/

    Also, I’d like to hear what you think about reading from the Sony eBook.

  3. onlyanovel said, on November 13, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Laura, I recently purchased the DVD set of the very movie that you mentioned, which stars Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage. I think the casting is perfect! I’ve watched the first DVD, but not the second yet. Why? Because I don’t want it to end! I can’t say enough good things about the movie—it’s really excellent from what I’ve seen, and quite true to the novel. I’ll probably get to finish the second DVD this weekend. I’ll have the tissues ready.

  4. onlyanovel said, on November 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Arti, lucky you! I love that version of S&S, too, and the entire movie is in my iPod. The recent Andrew Davies adaptation is not bad, either, but I still prefer Emma Thompson’s version. And, yes, I’ve seen that clip of Emma Thompson at the Oscars, and I saw it first on your blog! If you look at the comments, I even left you a comment.

    As to the Sony eBook reader, I have the PRS-505 model, and I love it! I do love reading from it; I find that reading from it is more convenient than reading from a book—it’s less bulky, and I can turn pages at the press of a button. I can store so many books in it even without using a memory card, and you can’t beat the battery life. It does not have the other features that the Kindle has, like WiFi, annotation, and dictionary look-up, but neither do books. The Sony PRS-505’s eInk screen is just as good as the Kindle’s, and the Sony has the better form factor. It also helped in my buying decision that I was able to go to Borders bookstore and try out a Sony firsthand, which I couldn’t do with the Kindle. And the Sony is cheaper. Of course, not all the books that I want to read are out in eBook format, so I still get to read real books (and I have nothing against them!).

    Sony has a new model out just this month, the PRS-700. It has more features, like a touchscreen and annotation. But initial reviews are not very good with respect to the screen—it seems that the touchscreen degrades the contrast and sharpness of the screen. There are some early buyers who are promptly returning the PRS-700 to Sony.

    If you want to learn more about eBook readers and eBooks—including various eBook formats and the dreaded DRM (Digital Rights Management), and converting eBook formats—then I highly recommend that you check out the mobileread forum: http://www.mobileread.com/ . It’s a really great forum in which to learn these things and to ask questions. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s the only website one needs to visit for the purpose of learning about eBooks and eBook readers.

  5. Arti said, on November 21, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for all the details! And now I do remember your comment on my post! As for the ebook, I’ve recently changed to an iPhone, and one of the free applications is “Stanza”, which lets you download many titles, for free. And of course, I’ve got P & P plus other titles downloaded. But I really feel I can’t read too well on that screen, unlike your Sony eBook, which has a much bigger screen and higher quality. However, nothing beats reading a real book, in my opinion.

  6. onlyanovel said, on November 22, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Arti. I have not stopped loving real books, and I don’t think I ever will. I use Stanza on my iPod Touch also. Their free eBooks come from http://www.feedbooks.com/ which I use a lot to download classics which I can also transfer to my Sony.

  7. Dreama said, on April 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Absolutely first rate and comopr-bpttoeed, gentlemen!


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