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 πŸ“–

  • For example: I love knowing that Trollope had a functional map in his mind of Barsetshire! That he actually drew one, even if we don't have it today (do we?)

    an excerpt from An Autobiography, written by Anthony Trollope in 1878

  • Of Framley Parsonage I need only further say, that as I wrote it I became more closely than ever acquainted with the new shire which I had added to the English counties. I had it all in my mind,β€”its roads and railroads, its towns and parishes, its members of Parliament, and the different hunts which rode over it. I knew all the great lords and their castles, the squires and their parks, the rectors and their churches. This was the fourth novel of which I had placed the scene in Barsetshire, and as I wrote it I made a map of the dear county.

    an excerpt from An Autobiography, written by Anthony Trollope in 1878

  • If I could do this, then I thought I might succeed in impregnating the mind of the novel-reader with a feeling that honesty is the best policy; that truth prevails while falsehood fails; that a girl will be loved as she is pure, and sweet, and unselfish; that a man will be honoured as he is true, and honest, and brave of heart; that things meanly done are ugly and odious, and things nobly done beautiful and gracious. I do not say that lessons such as these may not be more grandly taught by higher flights than mine. Such lessons come to us from our greatest poets. But there are so many who will read novels and understand them, who either do not read the works of our great poets, or reading them miss the lesson!

    an excerpt from An Autobiography, written by Anthony Trollope in 1878

Recent Notes πŸ““

  • Am I back on the Napoleonic Dragon series? Yes I am. I never like an amnesia plot, but it's fun to visit Japan. Honestly, that segment seems like it was just filler to get to Napoleon; we know the climax of the series has to be an epic battle with the French, doesn't it? But I do like the Russian part, and we get to visit the part of the Napoleonic / Russia campaign that I only know from War and Peace. Smolensk! Kutuzov! Borodino! The surrender of Moscow!

    an note about Blood of Tyrants, written by Naomi Novik in 2013

  • We finally meet an American dragon and he is distressingly commercial. Like: I don't care what happens between you and Napoleon, or right and wrong, as long as it helps my shipping and trading. I love it.

    an note about Blood of Tyrants, written by Naomi Novik in 2013

  • Up to The Warden, his first book currently famous. Interesting to see what money he made and how it was less than manually labor would have earned him, not a financial success at all. And it was like his fourth novel, he'd written three before to basically no money and no success. And he just kept at it.

    an note about An Autobiography, written by Anthony Trollope in 1878

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