Day: August 21, 2019

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/14 (Day 14): Halloween Bingo Reading Snacks and Drinks … Part 2: The Snacks

So, I had to go down to Frankfurt yesterday, and as I had hoped when composing my original post for this prompt, I managed a small side trip to that store. This year’s Halloween snacks now officially include: * Orange chocolate / cocoa truffles * White chocolate and almond truffles * Cocoa and dark chocolate […]

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Manuel Vicent: Son de mar / Der Gesang der Wellen

Reading Progress Updates 12%: Finished the first chapter.  So far, this is shaping up as a story told with gentle irony — foil rather than epee or broadsword. Several passages had me laughing out loud; I particularly like the juxtaposition of a Spanish seaside town somewhere south of Valencia at the full, exasperating and more […]

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Diarmaid MacCulloch: Thomas Cromwell

Masterly. Simply put, the Cromwell biography to end all Cromwell biographies.  In his research for this book, MacCulloch took a fresh look at virtually every single document on which Cromwell’s vast legacy is based, and the resulting biography is a masterpiece of historical analysis which does away with many an often-repeated myth (beginning right at […]

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