DOTTY REVIEWS

 

I like books, I like films so I thought I’d do some reviews. I like other things too so I might review them also but I don’t know yet – it depends how bored I get. We’ll see.

 

 

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  1. Hi Dotty. Just wanted to say that I like your blog :) Thanks for your posts!!

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  2. where are the reviews?

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  3. Hi Dotty, congratulations on being so creative and funny. May I ask if you studied English? I suppose it’s a silly to ask if you’ve read Catch-22…

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    • Dear lowerarchy,

      Hello. Thank you. :-)

      No, I left school when i was 15. And I haven’t read Catch 22 although I do have copy of it, and the sequel (can’t remember what it’s called offhand) – I might give them a go when I’ve finished what I’m reading now. Why do you ask? :-)

      Love Dotty xxx

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      • Hi Dotty – nice to make your acquaintance.
        I asked about studying English because very few people spell ‘Divers’ as you did in your notes about the ‘She-Hermit’ – that’s an archaic spelling and a nice touch – an English graduate would have known that.
        Catch 22 by Heller (‘Something Happened’ is his second novel – but like you I haven’t read it either) is about insanity (among other things) especially the madness of war. It follows a group of US airmen who have a high casualty rate. Every time they complete their allotted number of missions their CO raises the number. The hero claims he’s insane in the hope of being grounded but the medics tell him about Catch 22 – the rule that it’s sane to be insane in conflict. So it’s a paradox. There’s much more to it than that and I’d say one of the best novels ever.
        Look forward to chatting. Regards, Dave

      • Dear Dave,

        Self education – comes in handy most of the time, but sometimes it can all go WRONG. :-)

        I’ll dig it out – it’s one of those books I’ve always had and always meant to read but never got round to.

        Love Dotty xxx

      • Hi Dotty – one can mix formal and autodidactic learning – as both have weaknesses. So what are you reading at the mo? Last novel I read was The God of Small Things by A Roy. Regards, Dave

      • Dear Dave,

        Last week I read The Memory Artists by Jeffrey Moore. I’m about to start on WG Sebald’s Rings of Saturn (again!). I haven’t been able to read books for ages – concentration problems, but it’s coming back a little, slowly but surely. :-)

        Love Dotty xxx

      • I read Sebald’s RoS in a contemporary fiction class as part of my first MA and loved it. Other students weren’t sure with about half the class liking and the others not seeing why it should be read at all. I’ve not heard of Jeffrey Moore – what’s iy about? Dx

      • Dear Dave,

        I hadn’t heard of Moore either until I picked up The Memory Artists in a charity shop a few years ago, but I’ll be looking out for more of his books – I loved this one. If you can get hold of a copy, I recommend it.

        Your first MA? How many do you have?

        Love Dotty xxx

      • Hi Dotty
        A couple – first in English Literary Studies and then International Terrorism, International Organised Crime, Gender and International Human Rights and Threats to Global Security. What’s the Moore book about?
        D xx

      • Dear Dave,

        Memory. :-)

        Love Dotty xxx

      • I forgot about memory…
        D x

      • STOP PRESS
        Wikipedia says there’s a book from RoS coming out this year.
        ‘A film, Patience (After Sebald), directed by Grant Gee and released in 2012, is based on this book.’
        A film, Patience (After Sebald), directed by Grant Gee and released in 2012, is based on this book.
        Dx

      • Dear Dave,

        Yes, I know. I wonder how crap it’ll be.

        Love Dotty xxx

      • Why do you say that? :)
        D x

      • Dear Dave,

        Because most films of books are shite.

        Love Dotty xxx

      • Dear Dotty – I thought you would say that :)

        Perhaps that judgement depends on your powers of imagination – somebody must watch ‘em…

        My next door neighbour admitted only yesterday, “I’ve got no imagination…”
        “Yes” I thought, “I’ve met your wife…”

        D xx

        PS What do you make of the spell-checking software that can only spell in US English? It doesn’t like ‘neighbour’ or ‘theatre’ – I imagine eventually most people will give in and spell it American style.

      • Dear Dave,

        I don’t use spell checkers. And the day American spelling takes over completely is the day I’ll commit hari-kari with my blue Bic.

        Love Dotty xxx

      • I had a feeling you would respond thus – I’m with you all the way mate, although I prefer black ink.

        Your humble servant,
        D x

      • Dear Dave,

        I like black ink too, thought it depends what mood I’m in as to which colour I choose.

        Love Dotty xxx

      • Great minds ink alike :)
        :)

        D xx

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