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

  • From mere physical stress he whimpered a little now and then, but he did not change his purpose, nor did the universe invite him to change. It accepted the choice; no more preventing him than it prevents a child playing with fire or a fool destroying his love. It has not our kindness or our decency; if it is good, its goodness is of another kind than ours. It allowed him, moving from shadow to shadow, cautious and rash, to approach the house where he remembered to have seen the rope.

    an excerpt from Descent Into Hell, written by Charles Williams in 1937

  • She had meant to have been so condescending; but now all that was put quite beyond her power. It was not easy to be condescending to the doctor: she had been trying all her life, and had never succeeded.

    an excerpt from Doctor Thorne, written by Anthony Trollope in 1858

  • Now, it will be said that the doctor was not very candid in this; not more so, perhaps, than was Lady Arabella herself. But when one is specially invited to be candid, one is naturally set upon one's guard. Those who by disposition are most open, are apt to become crafty when so admonished. When a man says to you, "Let us be candid with each other," you feel instinctively that he desires to squeeze you without giving a drop of water himself.

    an excerpt from Doctor Thorne, written by Anthony Trollope in 1858

Recently Noted

  • A collection of very academic (maybe in the loose sense rather than strictly belonging to the academy) essays. But enjoyable!

    an note about The Inklings and King Arthur, written by Sørina Higgins in 2017

  • Descent Into Hell is probably the *best* novel by Williams - it's the fullest statement of his weird-but-compelling ideas about the Christian life, and also brings together more than a few of his obsessions. Plus, it's a spooky page-turner!

    In this one, there's an amateur play being produced in a newly-built suburb. One of the actresses is haunted by her doppelgänger, a military historian is seduced by a succubus of his own creation, a nice old lady just might be an ageless witch, and a construction worker who committed suicide when the suburb was being built is haunting the neighborhood. There's also... TIME TRAVEL. In the meantime, the play must go on!

    an note about Descent Into Hell, written by Charles Williams in 1937

  • This is really so good. I maintain what I've always said about Trollope: these novels are for people with time on their hands. This one in particular just moves at such a slow pace. No, slow isn't the word. Leisurely, I suppose! But this is really equivalent to a beach read: you've got time laying around, and here's a long, long novel full of interesting characters. Maybe not doing a ton, and definitely moving towards a predictable ending.

    an note about Doctor Thorne, written by Anthony Trollope in 1858

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