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From my library …

March 25, 2016

From the back end of last year, until the early this year, I read a lot of books. Mostly by women, but all  about women, and how they made their way through life some with astonishing difficulties. I have an increasing collection of items yet to read; since my back injury has improved the need to rest and read has lessened.  However, I miss those quiet hours and would like to recapture that part of my otherwise disfavourable malady. With that in mind I return to the unread books and come across this chunky tome; by a man about a man who had none of the previously mentioned difficulties of life;  in fact it would seem he was privileged; the title tells us so.  I wonder, but not for long why it was there. It was mentioned in a recent book by Patti Smith and only a few chapters in I can understand why.  Diego Rivera was born an artist his creative spirit and ability was recognised very early and encouraged rigorously, not in a harsh way it seems but kindly and generously. There were difficulties but he was able to use them in his favour even as a very small boy.

Like I say, it is early days and a big book, although with lots of images and large font … it will be a perfect way back into a good reading regime.  

5 Comments leave one →
  1. BeckyHelps permalink
    March 25, 2016 8:35 am

    I found the biography book OUTRUN by Amy Liptrot from Orkney, so good I just couldn’t put it down! Amy is such a very unique woman and such a good writer. The book kept my absorption with snippets of facts about almost everything I am interested in, entwined within a deeply personal story line. Seriously, it was hard to get anything done and even waking one night, I had to pop downstairs to read just one more chapter. Bought it online Sunday, delivered on Monday and last night I finished it. I soooo recommend it, but don’t take my word for it, test out whatever you can find online in the form of reviews.

    • March 25, 2016 9:49 am

      Oh Becky Thank you xx

      • BeckyHelps permalink
        March 25, 2016 6:54 pm

        I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Just lent it to my son and already have auntie lined up to read it after him. 🙂

      • March 26, 2016 8:29 am

        Just ordered a copy xx

  2. Marilyn Jackson permalink
    April 17, 2016 8:36 am

    ‘The Outrun’ was serialised on BBC4 (might have been 4 extra) and was fascinating. I love to spend time in the Shetland islands and could see the similar landscape in my mind’s eye. A friend has just moved to Sanday in the Orkneys and although we are drawn to those northern isles the long, dark winters and the lack of trees make us hesitant. The calm and the people call to us. They may be isolated, but that is not how we felt when we were there.

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