Ex Libris Kirkland

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


Recently Quoted

  • The sinister damage to marriage is the betrayal which comes when man or woman makes public the intimacy of private matters and so induces the confusion to all behavior.

    Kristin has broken the peace of the manor.

    The children, the probable cause, show it. She grows silent and speaks to the little ones in abrupt ways. The big boys are completely silent. The serving folk are loath to ask questions. Her brooding makes her uncivil.

    an excerpt from Kristin, written by Andrew Lytle in 1992

  • Their meaning is fullest in the scenes when Kristin is brought to the straw with her first child, well under way and partially disguised by Lady Aashild at the marriage ceremony. The scenes of the birth of the heir of Husaby are the most telling in the saga. They are meant to and do make trivial most of the actions of men.

    an excerpt from Kristin, written by Andrew Lytle in 1992

  • He pulls out this Norse proverb from the Havamal:
    Praise no day til evening, no wife until she is buried, no sword until tested, no maid until given in marriage, no ice until crossed, no ale until drunk.

    an excerpt from Kristin, written by Andrew Lytle in 1992

Recently Noted

  • I don't understand exactly what this book is, or what it's trying to do. It's like a long cliffs notes, with a scattering of intermingled theorizing. Or like an overlong summary review that spends most of its time summarizing the plot. Maybe 'a reading' is really the most appropriate descriptor, I don't know.

    BUT - after reading Kristin Lavransdatter and having no one around to talk about it with, I was eager to read this and have some kind of discourse about Undset's work.

    an note about Kristin, written by Andrew Lytle in 1992

  • I'm married to a Mennonite, and even though she hasn't been a part of a Mennonite congregation for about 20 years she still considers this a core part of her identity. I've been on the outside of this, but I have a ton of respect for their principles. But mostly I have a ton of respect for their consistent practices of peacemaking and real, serious, salt-of-the-earth community support. I, on other hand, can't even write 'salt of the earth' without sounding like I'm teasing someone, or intending it pejoratively.

    SO: An Introduction to Mennonite History for me! This is a fairly academic view, but still full of fascinating tidbits. Like any protestant group that originated during the Reformation, there's a fair bit of craziness and darkness at the edges of the growing movement. But that got ironed out fairly quickly, and they turned into an amazing group of Christians.

    an note about An Introduction to Mennonite History, written by C J Dyck in 1967

  • Something I did not know: the Amish are a splinter group from the Mennonite church (named after a Joseph Amman) - they are theologically very in line with modern Mennos, and just have very different emphases in how they interpret how we should live.

    an note about An Introduction to Mennonite History, written by C J Dyck in 1967

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