Monthly Archives: August 2009

Careless in Red, by Elizabeth George

Another world-class mystery by the master. Her stories are an excuse to display her magnificent use of the language. I went to one of her readings once and she was quite unpleasant, which was refreshing. No audience ass kisser, our … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A haunting book about a book. Set in Barcelona in the 1950′s, the central character is Daniel, a boy whose father owns an antiquarian book store. He spends years looking for a book called Shadow of the Wind by a … Continue reading

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Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

An unsympathetic look at ageing and at how the elderly are treated by cooing institutional workers. Our protagonist has lived his life in the circus, which of course no one knows or cares about at this stage of his decrepitude. … Continue reading

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The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson

Something truly different. The protagonist is a sardonic character who worked as a porn actor before becoming severely burned in an auto accident. He goes through the rest of his life as a “monster.” A mysterious woman named Marianne attaches … Continue reading

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Kyuquot, British Columbia

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Tall, first-growth cedar forests, ferns, salal, wildflowers, and a grey/blue bay before my cabin door. The eagles are squawking in the trees (a disappointing sound for such a magnificent bird), … Continue reading

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Village Fiesta – San Antonio Tehuitz

This took place a few months ago, in June. Deb U. and I drove to Guillermina’s house in San Antonio and she and her family accompanied us “downtown.” She lives with one of her four daughters and her daughter’s daughter. … Continue reading

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Jaunt to Teabo and Mani

On Sunday, I was planning to take my friend Guillermina to her parents’ house in Teabo, so they could repair some of my old hammocks. I prefer cotton hammocks the nylon ones being sold now. (You can find cotton, but … Continue reading

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Jaunt to Dzitya

Lorna Gail and I took off at about noon and drove up to Progreso and turned west before we hit town. That way we could go over that incredible new bridge with the magnificent views. It’s got to be the … Continue reading

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“Japanese” restaurants in Merida

Japanese tourists would be horrified. Continue reading

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Crime in Yucatan

Yucatan apparently has the lowest crime rate of any Mexican state. However, things do happen. Continue reading

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