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09:43 am - What I read on my holidays
I had a very good time in Brittany. It was bright and sunny and also windy so that it didn't get too hot. I had a good time with Howard, walking for miles and eating seafood. We went to a lot of places: The Silver River in Huelgoat, Quimper, Yeun Elez, Roche point, the Glenan Islands, and multiple visits to Bar Nautilus, my favourite.

I didn't miss the children too much. My daughter is on her way home today - probably just got off the trans-Siberian railway at Moscow, and I'll meet her at the airport this evening.

I slept a lot - about twelve hours every day - and that's had a big effect on me. I gave up coffee altogether, and I think that's done me good.

But because of sleeping and walking on the dunes and beaches with Howard I have read much less than I usually do on holiday. I've read one book and listened to two on audio, and I haven't finished any of them. I can't believe it. This never happens to me on holiday.

What I read:

2666 by Roberto Bolaño. This is a brilliant massive novel, which I will do a separate post on.

Gifts by Ursula Le Guin (on audio) - A children's fantasy book, about feudal mountain people with supernatural destructive powers. It's very short - six hours unabridged - and I listened to most of it on the drive back from Plymouth last night. As always, well written, humane, engaging. Packs a lot into a small compass.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman (on audio) - This is a history of 14th century Europe which is an attempt to get inside what it felt like to be a person in those days. It's quite a well known book, written in the seventies. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in that sort of thing.

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From:glitterboy1
Date:July 12th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
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Welcome back! It's good to see you again. And I'm glad to hear that you had such a good time - and restful, too. You've had so much on, you needed that rest.

I hope your daughter's enjoyed herself as much as you - almost certainly less sleep :-), but I hope it's been good for her, too.
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From:communicator
Date:July 12th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
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Thank you. My daughter just texted to say she is sad to leave all her friends in Tatarstan, which is quick work because she was only there a week.
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From:dfordoom
Date:July 12th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
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Glad you had a good holiday!
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From:communicator
Date:July 12th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I did that humour quiz just now and got the same as you - though unlike you I do like The Office.
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From:katlinel
Date:July 12th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
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Welcome back and I am glad to hear that you had a good holiday, revisiting favourite places.

I was round for dinner at a friend's last night and one of them was showing us pictures of her recent holiday in Brittany (Mont St Michel, Saint Malo, Dinan, Vitre (sp?) and other places), travelling in a camper van.

It sounds like you had the holiday you needed, regardless of the amount of reading you did. I'm glad to hear your daughter had a good time as well.
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From:communicator
Date:July 12th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
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Thanks. We were in the south of Brittany, where it is a bit bleaker and more windy. I had a great time, perhaps sleeping instead of reading.
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From:vilakins
Date:July 12th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
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I just read "Gifts"! I need to see if the library has the sequels. How did they pronounce "Gry"? I've been saying it as "Gree" which sounds better to me than rhyming it with "wry".
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From:communicator
Date:July 12th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
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The reader says it to rhyme with wry. I'm just listening to the last bit now.
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From:vilakins
Date:July 12th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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It does sound more like the harsh, abrupt names Le Guin seems to favour. "Gree" sounded softer to me, but she wasn't really that soft herself.
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From:happytune
Date:July 12th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
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Hurrah! So glad you had a fab time! And very glad you're back. :-)

Are you around at all this evening for a drink/dinner at the Chinese? Or perhaps during the week?
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From:communicator
Date:July 12th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
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Going to the airport this evening, but let's go during the week. I'm doing Kairos on Wednesday.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:July 12th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
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Glad that you were able to relax - that sounds like a very good use of your holiday! And it sounds as if you and your daughter both coped well with the separation.
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From:communicator
Date:July 12th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
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I can't wait to see her. I must also praise my son who did the picture research for my Jamaica book while I was away. Sourced fifty pics for me.
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From:happytune
Date:July 12th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
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That's great - he's a really lovely young man.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:July 12th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, how good of him!

I hope that the flight and meeting at the airport go smoothly tonight.

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