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March 31, 2008

Yay! I’m home! I have a bedroom again! And my bookshelves! And I’ve caught up all my book blog reading! And even gotten all of the books I’ve been coveting thanks to said blogs onto my bookmooch wishlist (which I couldn’t do while I was away, since I put my account ‘on vacation’)! This calls for a celebration. And since it happens to be BAFAB (Buy a Friend a Book) week, I think I know how to celebrate. ;) The only question was, which book to offer for the giveaway? Well, how about the one with one of the most awesome bookstore scenes ever? Yep, that’s right: you can win a copy of If on a winter’s night a travelerby Italo Calvino. Ever since Litlove did her ‘match the passage to the author and book’ quiz, I’ve been itching to do my own. So here’s how it’s going to work: below, I’ve provided fifteen passages (all fiction, all books I’ve read and that I own). You get one point for correctly identifying the author, and one for the book. Whoever gets the most points wins the book; if there’s a tie, I’ll do the random number generator thing. There is no googling/researching/amazon-ing/etc. allowed-you have to come up with the answers on your own. But guessing is encouraged! I’ve tried to make sure the passages span a bunch of genres to avoid unfair advantages, and I’m temporarily changing comments on the blog to ‘moderated,’ so you can leave your answers in a comment and they won’t appear. Since this is BAFAB week, all of the participants who enter and don’t win (so basically anyone who comments on this post) will be entered in a drawing to pick a book from a pretty long list of books I have on my ‘to find new homes for’ shelf (I’ll e-mail this list to whoever wins) or alternatively get a bookmooch point. Everyone has until Sunday, April 6th (since BAFAB is the first week of April, and I’m giving a ‘grace’ day). Get an extra entry in the random drawing by linking to this post. And speaking of BAFAB giveaways, Dewey’s offering two $20 Amazon gift certificates and Sylvia of Bell Literary Reflections is offering three books, Andi (of AndiLit) is offering Between the Tides, and Katrina is offering one lucky person the chance to pick any book from two bookshelves (let me know if you’re having a BAFAB giveaway as well, and I’ll add you to the list). So, without further ado, here are the passages.

1. “Counting on the stillness of her own soul, she had forgotten the other one: the soul of her baby girl. Who woul dhave thought that a little old baby could harbor so much rage? Rutting among the stones under the eyes of the engraver’s son was not enough. Not only did she have to live out her years in a house palsied by the baby’s fury at having its throat cut, but those ten minutes she spent pressed up against dawn-colored stone studded with star chips, her knees wide open as the grave, were longer than life, more alive, more pulsating than the baby blood that soaked her fingers like oil.”

2. “She had on black lace mittens, and a black lace cap surmounted the piled-up masses of her snowy hair. She was knitting-something white and soft and fleecy. Her faded blue eyes benignant and kindly, surveyed her nephew and her nephew’s guests with gentle pleasure. They rested first on Raymond himself, self-consciously debonair, then on Joyce Lempriere, the artist, her close-cropped black head and queer hazel-green eyes, than on that well-groomed man of the world, Sir Henry Clithering. There were two other people in the room, Dr. Pender, the elder clergyman of the parish, and Mr. Petherick, the soliciter, a dried-up little man, with eyeglasses which he looked over and not through.”

3. “Large crowds began to gather on the village ilo as soon as the edge had worn off the sun’s heat and it was no longer painful on the body. Most communal ceremonies took place at that time of day, so that even when it was said that a ceremony would begin “after the midday meal” everyone understood that it would begin a long time later, when the sun’s heat had softened. It was clear from the way the crowd stood or sat that the ceremony was for men. There were many women, but they looked on from the fringe like outsiders. The titled men and elders sat on their stools waiting for the trials to begin. In front of them was a row of stools on which nobody sat. There were nine of them. Two little groups of people stood at a respectable distance beyond the stools. They faced the elders.”

4. “”I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Evlis and Mister Ed. Listen-I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkly lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day the White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set in the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causual chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” She stopped, out of breath.”

5. “Her new green flowered-muslin dress spread its twelve yards of billowing material over her hoops and exactly matched the flat-heeled green morocco slippers her father had recently brought her from Atlanta. The dress set off to perfection the seventeen-inch waist, the smallest in three counties, and the tightly fitted basque showed breasts well matured for her sixteen years. But for all the modesty of her spreading skirts, the demureness of hair netted smoothly into a chignon and the quietness of small white hands folded into her lap, her true self was poorly concealed. The green eyes in the carefully sweet face were turbulent, willful, lusty with life, distinctly at variance with her decorous demeanor.”

6. “”No doubt,” continued Bree, “when speak of him as a Lion they only mean he’s as strong as a lion or (to our enemies, of course) as fierce as a lion. Or something of that kind. Even a little girl like you, Aravis, must see that it would be quite absurd to suppose that he is a real lion. Indeed it would be disrespectful. If he was a lion he’d have to be a Beast just like the rest of us. Why!” (and here Bree began to laugh) “If he was a lion he’d have four paws, and a tail, and Whiskers!”

7. “With the habitual flair of a worldly man, Vronsky determined from one glance at this lady’s appearance that she belonged to high society. He excused himself and was about to enter the carriage, but felt a need to glance at her once more-not because she was very beautiful, not because of the elegance and modest grace that could be seen in her whole figure, but because there was something especially gentle and tender in the expression of her sweet-looking face as she stepped past him. As he looked back, she also turned her head. Her shining grey eyes, which seemed dark because of their thick lashes, rested amiably and attentively on his face, as if she recognized him, and at once wandered over the approaching crowd as though looking for someone. In that brief glace, Vronsky had time to notice the restrained animation that played oer her face and fluttered between her shining eyes and the barely noticeable smile that curved her red lips. It was as if a surplus of something so overflowed her being that it expressed itself beyond her will, now in the brightness of her glance, now in her smile. She deliberately extinguished the light in her eyes, but it shone against her will in a barely noticeable smile.”

8. “Rochester had sent a note advising of his return and a party was arranged for local friends of his. Jane seemed to be severely agitated by the arrival of the airhead Blanche Ingram, but I paid it little heed. I was busy trying to arrange security with John, the cook’s husband, who was a resourceful and intelligent man. I had taught him to shoot with Rochester’s pistols and he was, I was delighted to find out, an excellent shot.”

9. “The light struck upon the trees in the garden, making one leaf transparent and then another. One bird chirped high up; there was a pause; another chirped lower down. The sun sharpened the walls of the house, and rested like the tip of a fan upon a white blind and made a blue fingerprint of a shadow under the leaf by the bedroom window. The blind stirred slightly, but all within was dim and unsubstantial. The birds sand their blank melody outside.
“I see a ring,” said Bernard, “hanging above me. It quivers and hangs in a loop of light.”
“I see a slab of pale yellow,” said Susan, “spreading away until it meets a purple stripe.”
“I hear a sound,” said Rhoda, “cheep, chirp; cheep, chirp; going up and down.”
“I see a globe,” said Neville, “hanging down in a drop against the enormous flanks of some hill.”
“I see a crimson tassel,” said Jinny, “twisted with gold threads.”
“I hear something stamping,” said Louis. “A great beast’s foot is chained. It stamps, and stamps, and stamps.””

10. “It was one of the saddest hours in their lives. The great chimney rose up before them; and as they drew near the old village across the Water, through rows of new mean houses along each side of the road, they saw the new mill in all its frowning and dirty ugliness: a great brick building straddling the stream, which it fouled with a steaming and stinking outflow. All along the Bywater Road every tree had been felled. As they crossed the bridge and looked up the Hill they gasped. Even Sam’s vision in the Mirror had not prepared him for what they saw. The Old Grange on the west side had been knocked down, and its place taken by rows of tarred sheds. All the chestnuts were gone. The banks and hedgerows were broken. Great waggons were standing in disorder in a field beaten bare of grass. Bagshot Row was a yawning sand and gravel quarry. Bad End up beyond could not be seen for a clutter of large huts.”

11. “”Upon my word,” said her Ladyship, “you give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person. Pray, what is your age?”
“With three younger sisters grown up,” replied Elizabeth smiling, “your Ladyship can hardly expect me to own it.”
Lady Catherine seemed quite astonished at not receiving a direct answer; and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much dignified impertinence.”

12. “My father’s library had probably once been a sitting room, but he sat down only to read, and he considered a large library more important than a large living room. He had long since given me free run of his collection. During his absences, I spent hours doing my homework at the mahogany desk or browsing the shelves that lined every wall. I understood later that my father had either half forgotten what was on one of the top shelves or-more likely-assumed I would never be able to reach it; late on night I took down not only a translation of the Kama Sutra but also a much older volume and an envelope of yellowing papers. I can’t say even now what made me pull them down. But the image I saw at the center of the book, the smell of age that arose from it, and my discovery that the papers were personal letters all caught me attention forcibly.”

13. “Swiftly and silently the draped barge glided out into the mist. Morgaine felt the dampness coalescing on her brow and clinging to her hair; she was hungry, and chilled to the bone, but she had been taught to ignore that too. When they came out of the mist, the sun had risen on the far shore, and she could see the horse and rider waiting there. The barge continued its slow strokes forward, but Morgaine, in a rare moment of self-forgetfulness, stood unguarded, looking at the horseman there. He was slightly built, his face aquiline and darkly handsome, set off by the crimson cap with an eagle feather in its band and the wide crimson cloak that fell gracefully around him. When he dismounted, the natural grace with which he moved, a dancer’s grace, took her breath away. Had she ever wished to be fair and rounded, when dark and slender could show this beauty? His eyes were dark too, glinting with a touch of mischief-mischief which alone gave Morgaine awareness of who this must be, although, otherwise, not a single feature remained of the scrawny boy with the bony legs and enormous feet.
“Galahad,” she said, pitching her voice low to keep it from trembling-a priestess-trick. “I would not have recognized you.””

14. “The prompt Paris morning struck its cheerful notes-in a soft breeze and a sprinkled smell, in the light flit, over the garden-floor, of bareheaded girls with the buckled strap of oblong boxes, in the type of ancient thrifty persons basking betimes where terrace-walls were warm, in the blue-frocked brass-labelled officialism of humble rakers and scrapers, in the deep references of a striaght-pacing priest or the sharp ones of a white-gaitered red-legged soldier. He watched little brisk figures, figures whose movement was as the tick of the great Paris clock, take their smooth diagonal from point to point; the air had a taste as of something mixed with art, something that presented nature as a white-capped master-chef. The palace was gone, Strether remembered the palace; and when he gazed into the irremediable void of its site the historic sense in him might have been freely at play-the play under which in Paris indeed it so often winces like a touched nerve. He filled out spaces with dim symbols of scenes; he caught the gleam of white statues at the base of which, with his letters out, he could back a straw-bottomed chair. But his drift was, for reasons, to the other side, and it floated him unspent up the Rue de Seine and as far as the Luxembourg.”

15. “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At the time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along the bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”

41 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2008 5:39 pm

    Shoot, I’m awful!

    8. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
    10. Return of The King, J. R. R. Tolkein
    11. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    15. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Lovely contest! Thank you!

  2. trish permalink
    March 31, 2008 5:44 pm

    I know that #8 is Jane Eyre, and I know that guessing one correctly won’t win, but it’ll at least enter me!

  3. March 31, 2008 6:07 pm

    I sucked at this one!

    1. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    7. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
    8. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
    13. The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (shot in the dark)

  4. March 31, 2008 7:13 pm

    Ah, jeez. Ok.
    1. Beloved, Toni Morrison
    2. I dunno
    3. Erm…The Devil and Miss Prymm, Paulo Coelho (which I’m pretty sure it’s not, but you should DEFInitely read that book)
    4. I dunno. I’m so bad at this.
    5. Gone with the Wind!!! Margaret Michell!! (the exclamation points indicate that I’m SURE of this one)
    6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis !!!!!
    7. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    8. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte!!!!!! Best book ever.
    9. Ahhhhhh, dunno.
    10. Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King if you want more specific. J R R Tolkein
    11. Erm.
    12. Mrrmm
    13. Something King-Arthur-ish.
    14. Nope.
    15. Dang! I thought I’d at least get half. Ah, well. Hope everyone else sucks at this.
    Awesome contest. I love this sort of thing.

  5. March 31, 2008 7:41 pm

    6. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

    8. Jane Eyre by Jane Austen

    10. The Return of the King, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

    11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    13. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    That’s all I can manage without cheating… ;o)

  6. March 31, 2008 8:20 pm

    Ok…this is horrible :p I can only come up with 3…a few more I recognize sort of but can’t think for the life of me what they are. #8 is Jane Eyre, #10 is Return of the King?, and #12 is The Historian. Am I right?

  7. March 31, 2008 8:31 pm

    Ok, I’m going to try!! there are a couple I’ve taken a guess at, and one I really don’t know at all so I can’t even guess at a title or author. This was fun, Eva! And you had some really good choices! Love the Russian element! lol
    1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
    2.Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
    4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    6. The Last Battle (rats! which book is Bree in?? one of the Narnia books….it’s been so long, must re-read them soon!) – byC.S. Lewis
    7.Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    8. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
    9. The Grey King (I haven’t finished this series yet!!!) by Susan Cooper
    10. Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
    11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    12. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    13. Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    14. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  8. April 1, 2008 1:30 am

    I’m not entering because I already own a copy of that book, but I wanted to tell you that this is a fantastic idea. I had fun trying to guess. I only know a few…Beloved, Sam’s speech from American Gods (of course :D) One Hundred Years of Solitude…and I’m guessing that 6 is Narnia, but I have no idea which book. 8 makes me think Jane Eyre because of the name Rochester (I haven’t read it, but I will this year for sure), and is 11 Jane Austen? Anyway, I’m just amusing myself and wasting your time :P

  9. April 1, 2008 1:50 am

    Nice idea for a giveaway contest. I only know a couple: #7 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, #8 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, #11 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, #13 The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley.

  10. April 1, 2008 2:18 am

    What a great game! Though it’s rather shown up the limits of my knowledge hehehe – I’m looking forward to when you post the answers! I think 5 is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (it’s a long time since I read it but I remember thinking “17 inch waist?!?!?”). 7 is Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. One of my favourite books, so even reading this makes me want to re-read it! 8 must by Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. 15 is 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, another of my favourite books of all time (and the book I’ve re-read most).

  11. April 1, 2008 4:43 am

    Welcome home, Eva! Hope you enjoyed your vacation! But it will be nice to see more of you now!

  12. April 1, 2008 4:52 am

    Going through the passages meant, I need to read more! I will be back later to read in more detail!

  13. April 1, 2008 8:18 am

    That was fun! Here’s my try:

    #6- The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
    #7- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    #10- The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
    #13- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    #15- One Hundred Years of Solitude- by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  14. April 1, 2008 8:23 am

    Okay–you’ve totally stumped me on many of these and some are outright guesses, but here goes:
    1. ???
    2. Lempriere’s Dictionary–total guess, I vaguely recall a character with the name Lempriere and a book with a similar title…
    3. ???
    4. ???
    5. Gone with the Wind-Margaret Mitchell
    6. Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis (or maybe that Pullman book…., new stick with Lewis.)
    7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    8. Jane Eyre–Charlotte Bronte (One I’m sure of!)
    9. ???
    10. ???
    11. Pride and Prejudice–Jane Austen (another I’m sure of)
    12. Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    13. Mists of Avalon (?) — or something else Arhurian – Marion Zimmer Bradley
    14. Les Miserables (?) Victor Hugo
    15. Love in the Time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

  15. April 1, 2008 10:57 am

    2. The Thirteen Problem by Agatha Christie (not sure about the title, but it’s one of the Tuesday Club Murder stories featuring Miss Marple. Probably the one that starts the second half of the book.)

    3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    6. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

    7. Leo Tolstoy? Either War and Peace or Anna Karenina? I suppose I’ll guess Anna Karenina, since it’s on my bookshelf and I’ll feel more stupid if I guess that one wrong.

    8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

    11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Proof that I know this book practically by heart—I only needed the first six words to recognize it.)

    13. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    15. A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  16. April 1, 2008 10:58 am

    Oh, and comments don’t seem to be moderated—at least, I can see three others as well as my own!

  17. April 1, 2008 11:28 am

    Okay– a few of these are guesses. But what fun!!

    1. Toni Morrison’s Beloved (for sure)
    2. A Miss Marple, Agatha Christie. Is it Miss M’s first, The Tuesday night club?”
    3. yikes–could be kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible? or something by Gordimer?
    4. This one really haunts me. I think I know it, but I’m coming up empty. Aargh.
    5. Margaret Mitchell. Gone With the Wind
    6. C.S. Lewis? The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?
    7. Tolstoy. Anna Karenina
    8. Bronte. Jane Eyre
    9. the secret garden? Burnett
    10. Tolkien. Lord of the Rings
    11. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice
    12. ??
    13. Bradley’s Mists of Avalon?
    14. Definitely Henry James–so typical, but which one? I haven’t read the Ambassadors, but I know it’s set in Paris.
    15. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Marquez

    Look forward to the posted answers.

  18. April 1, 2008 11:55 am

    Debi, thanks!

    Gautami, good luck. :)

    Poodlerat, comments are moderated-I’ve just allowed any of the ones without answers to show up on the post. All the answer comments will wait until Sunday!

  19. April 1, 2008 12:18 pm

    I only have a few:

    (7) Anna Karenina – by Leo Tolstoy
    (8) Jane Eyre Revisited
    (11) Pride & Prejudice – by Jane Austen
    (12) The Historian – by Elizabeth Kostova

    Thanks for alerting me to BAFAB week!

  20. April 1, 2008 2:04 pm

    Here are my responses:
    #5 Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    #6 The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
    #7 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    #10 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    #12 The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

    I wish I knew more! It was a great idea, and I look forward to discovering where the other passages came from. Thanks for hosting!

  21. April 1, 2008 2:19 pm

    Okay, so here’s what I’ve got.
    #4 – Sherman Alexie? Maybe from Indian Killer
    #5 – Margaret Brown – Gone with the Wind
    #6 – Jane Eyre by the lovely Ms. Bronte
    #15 – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    #10 – Dickens?
    #13 – The Once and Future King?

    And now I feel like a terrible English professor. I should know more. GRRR.

  22. April 1, 2008 5:17 pm

    Psst, Eva, mine is in there with the answers…

  23. April 1, 2008 8:18 pm

    So are all my answers!

  24. April 1, 2008 9:35 pm

    Walrus and Susan, I’m fairly certain you guys can see your comments because you made them. They don’t show up for me, so they shouldn’t show up for anyone else. It probably says something like ‘Your comment is awaiting moderation’ in italics somewhere. ;)

  25. stephanie permalink
    April 1, 2008 11:12 pm

    How fun!! I recognized most of the right away!!

    1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
    2. Don’t remember the book, but I’m pretty sure it’s an Agatha Christie (used to be my favorite author!)
    3. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (??)
    4. American Gods – Neil Gaiman (one of my FAVORITE books!)
    5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (another of my FAVORITE books!)
    6. One of the Narnia Books by C. S. Lewis (sorry…that’s as much as I can give!)
    7. Ahhh….Vronsky: Anna Karinena by Tolstoy
    8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    9. ??? Virgina Wolfe
    10. I know it’s a Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. Is it Fellowship of the Rings/
    11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    12. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    13. Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    14. Ick. Wish I could remember the name of this one. I think it’s a James novel. Had to read that rubbish in College!
    15. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (I think….I don’t think it’s Love in the Time of Cholera….I hope it’s not!)

  26. April 2, 2008 6:21 am

    Great idea, this was really fun to do.
    2) The Tuesday Club Murders – Agatha Christie
    5) Gone with the wind – Margaret Mitchell
    7) Anna Karenia – Leo Tolstoy
    8) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    10) The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King – JRR Tolkin
    11) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    12) The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova (?)
    14) The Ambassadors – Henry James
    15) 100 years of solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquiz.

    Number four is driving me crazy I have read that but can’t think where, it’s much easier when a name is mentioned that triggers my memory :)

  27. bunnyb permalink
    April 2, 2008 7:41 am

    Wow!! I really wanna enter your giveaway but I’m so ashamed that I don’t know any of those (esp since googling isn’t allowed) :(
    Need to read more! :)

  28. April 2, 2008 12:02 pm

    BunnyB, don’t be ashamed! And since you’ve commented, you’re in the random drawing. :) If you want to increase your chances even more, you can link to me and/or go to CB James’ giveaway!

  29. April 2, 2008 1:48 pm

    *slaps herself on forehead* Dumb…

  30. April 2, 2008 2:38 pm

    1. arg. This seems familiar, but I can’t come up with it. I’ll try: The God of Small Things by ARhundti Roy

    2. dont’ know.

    3. don’t know again.

    4. I dont’ know but I want to read it! I loved that quote.

    5. Gone with the Wind – Mitchell

    6. it seems familiar…

    7. I ‘m sure I recognize the name Vronsky , but I haven’t read it.

    8. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde (Finally!)

    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Lewis

    10. ??

    11. Pride and Prejudice – Austen

    12. The Shadow of the Wind – Zafon

    13. The Mists of Avalon – Zimmer

    14. ?

    15. Love in the Time of Cholera

    I’m not even sure why I entered, because I was abyssmal, getting only the most obvious and guessing at a few more. But it was lots of fun!

  31. April 2, 2008 3:22 pm

    There you are. I’ve linked to you AND gone to C.B.’s blog to enter. Am I a good girl or what?

    Do you like the striped armchair?

  32. April 2, 2008 9:01 pm

    Here are the ones I know for sure (sort of)
    1. Beloved, Toni Morrison
    2. Scarlet Pimpernel
    3. Things Fall Apart, ??
    4. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    5. A Striped Armchair, CS Lewis
    6.Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    7.Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
    8. ??
    9.The Waves, Virginia Woolf
    10. ??
    11. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    12.Our Mutual Friend(??) Charles Dickens
    My brain is exhausted! What a great test!!

  33. April 3, 2008 4:53 pm

    Oh, my, this seems like good fun, so I guess I’m going to shame myself by attempting it and revealing my literary ignorance. Some are total guesses, some are kind of guesses, and about two I actually knew! So here it goes…

    1. ?
    2. ?
    3. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
    4. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
    5. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    6. Chronicles of Narnia/The Horse and His Boy – C.S. Lewis
    7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    9. ?
    10. The Lord of the Rings/The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
    11. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    12. ?
    13. The Mists of Avalon
    14. ?
    15. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  34. April 5, 2008 11:30 am

    My answers:

    5. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    7. Anna Karenina, Tolstoi
    8. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
    10. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
    11. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    15. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  35. April 5, 2008 1:37 pm

    The only passage I recognized was #8. It’s from Jane Eyre.

  36. Jessica permalink
    April 6, 2008 6:15 am

    Okay – here are my answers:
    1. My favorite – BELOVED by Toni Morrison – I am currently teaching this book in my high school English class!
    2. Is this a Miss Marple book? Agatha Christie? Just a guess – my friend Dawn loves these so the character names are familiar to me
    3. This reminds me of The Scarlet Letter, or The Lottery
    4. I’m not sure what this is, but I REALLY want to know, because it is lovely!
    5. not sure
    6. THE HORSE AND HIS BOY by C.S. Lewis- an often overlooked book, but truly wonderful
    7. not sure
    8. THE GREAT GATSBY – this is so funny – I am going to teach this book next!
    9. Is this The Mysterious Benedict Society? I just purchased this book for my classroom library, and though I haven’t read it yet, I have the description, and the character names seem to be familiar to me.
    10. Not sure, but it reminds me of Cormac McCarthy
    11. not sure
    12. this seems very familiar
    13. Is this Marion Zimmer Bradley? I think it is from Mists of Avalon – LOVE THIS BOOK
    14. not sure
    15. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – this is one of my favorite books of all time, and, amazingly, this is the book my book club is discussing on Tuesday!
    Thank you so much for this fun giveaway!
    I can’t wait to see the answers!

  37. April 6, 2008 1:41 pm

    Wow – it’s really hard isn’t it? I recognise so few, alas.

    2. Agatha Christie, Murder at the Vicarage
    7. Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
    8. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
    9. Virginia Woolf, The Waves
    11. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
    13. Marion Bradley – The Mists of Avalon
    14. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
    15 Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the time of Cholera

    And several of those are guesses!

  38. April 6, 2008 7:46 pm

    5. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

    6. C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy

    8. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

    10. JRR Tolkien, Return of the King

    11. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

    13. Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

  39. April 7, 2008 5:22 am

    Number 4 is American Gods by Neil Gaiman, number 6 is C.S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy, number 10 is Return of the King by Tolkien, and 13 is Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Wow, I’m all sorts of up on my fantasy, aren’t I?


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