Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my entirely self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.


Recent Quotes ๐Ÿ“–

  • He spoke English so well that he would only be known to be a foreigner by the correctness of his language.

    an excerpt from Mr. Scarborough's Family, written by Anthony Trollope in 1882

  • You are about, I am informed, to proceed to the United States, a country against which I acknowledge I entertain a serious antipathy. They are not a gentlemanlike people, and i am given to understand that they are generally dishonest in their dealings. Their President is a low person, and all their ideas of government are pettifogging. Their ladies, I am told, are very vulgar, though I have never had the pleasure of knowing one of them.

    an excerpt from Mr. Scarborough's Family, written by Anthony Trollope in 1882

  • [Trollope and his pillar-boxes!]
    This letter, when she had written it and copied it fair and posted the copy in the pillar-box close by, she found that she could not in any way show absolutely to her mother. In spite of all her efforts it had become a love-letter. And what genuine love-letter can a girl show even to her mother? But she at once told her of what she had done.

    an excerpt from Mr. Scarborough's Family, written by Anthony Trollope in 1882

Recent Notes ๐Ÿ““

  • This Trollope is very structured around its parallels; weโ€™ve got two cranky old men both determined to subvert the entails on their estates (with different degrees of success). A side plot, but equally notable, are two women who just KEEP getting aggressively proposed-to, from men who just will not take no for an answer. And this happens not in a cute, romantic way; but an infuriating way, where itโ€™s maddening for the women as well as us, the reader.

    an note about Mr. Scarborough's Family, written by Anthony Trollope in 1882

  • Apparently one of the last of Trollope's novels; it's the story of a cranky old man who conspires to subvert the entail on his property, with some legal wrangling and much trouble for those around him. Not a highlight of his body of work, but I am still enjoying it.

    an note about Mr. Scarborough's Family, written by Anthony Trollope in 1882

  • I was sent an ARC for this (which was AWESOME) but I'm not sure if there's any implication to embargo a review. So this is a placeholder for... September, when this book actually comes out!

    an note about Lucy Undying, written by Kiersten White in 2024

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