Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added)
is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.
--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mole notes

Poet Dale Favier has been reading A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage and making notes about it as he goes on his blog, mole.  Now he has put all the comments together as a lovely fat Amazon note. I enjoyed reading it very much!

2 comments:

  1. Yes, I have been following Dale's notes on his blog, but with caution as I always do because I want to be sure to read the book first, or at least the relevant chapters. His notes are so very good, as are the other comments at Amazon which I just read. I agree wholeheartedly with them all, I don't think I could say it better. I remember thinking that Pip might have Asperger's (I know someone with it), and I see others thought so too.

    Bravo, Marly, it is a marvelous book with beautiful language that made me read it slowly yet eagerly awaiting what will happen next in the story. I love the characters and characterization. It could be a far longer story but you have kept it lean yet rich. I did not want it to end. Will be reading it again.

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  2. Marja-Leena,

    Thank you so much for that! I am glad you enjoyed it enough to be planning a reread. Rereading is the best reading...

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