Monday, January 16, 2012

Which books?

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. Through Alyce's at home with books
I finished The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff. After a 20 year-correspondence (1949-1969) between Helene Hanff and the people at 84, Charing Cross Road she finally landed in London in 1971 and recorded her memories of the visit  with witty elegance and affection. I understand now why previous readers of the Duches want to read it again. If I’m granted that opportunity to visit London I will retrace the steps of the Duchess (Helene Hanff).
Now I can spread my attention to the other books I have listed yesterday with the addition of  David Copperfield and putting back  Tom Jones (which I hardly started) on the shelf again. I can only glance at  Between The Woods and The Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor and  Where Silence Reigns, Selected Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke. 

On the back page of The Art of Time by Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber says "To master one's time is to gain mastery of oneself." The author writes-"Your next challenge is obvious-the conquest of your time." I think he is talking to me. Or to you?


DCMetroreader said...

I think I could use a few lessons in time managment.

Enjoy your books!

Alyce said...

It would be fun to retrace her steps and visit the site of the book shop. I enjoyed both of those books.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I hope you enjoy your books!