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Friday
Jan162009

The Independence Of Miss Mary Bennett

THE INDEPENDENCE OF MISS MARY BENNETT


 


A daunting task to set yourself is to write a sequel to one of the worlds most read, classic novels. Colleen Mccullough has done this with mixed success.


The novel starts 20 years after the close of events in pride and prejudice. The story follows sister Mary, “the religious one” who sacrifices her youth to care for Mother Bennet in her last years, a difficult task, considering her temperament outlined in the original.


 


The novel touches on all the sisters, and describes their various fortunes and misfortunes, but chronicles more closely Mary’s adventures following her release from family obligations and small financial independence bestowed on her by brother in law Darcy.


Fired with a passion to chronicle the plight of England’s poor Mary embarks upon a mission of investigation that eventually leads her into mortal danger.


 


I enjoyed the novel immensely, although not written with the same guile as Miss Austen, it was quite a page turner. I did think halfway through that perhaps Ms Mccullough was channelling Enid Blyton rather than Jane Austen, the conclusion  was suitably romantic, new characters as well as all the well loved ones and  a few surprising twists which were refreshing, reminding you that  some one else had carried on with the story.


 


This is not perhaps a novel for the die hard Austen fans but definitely one for Mccullough fans and all those who have wanted to leave their mark upon the world one way or another.


 Donna


SWR Library

Friday
Jan092009

Just one more book

Reviews of a whole range of children's books done in podcast form live from the reviewer's favourite coffee shop. A fairly strong American bias, but some great authors and titles are discussed. Given the number of reviews a great deal of coffee must have been consumed.
http://www.justonemorebook.com/
Friday
Jan092009

The Band's Visit



It is not often you get a soundtrack which includes Umm Kulthum and Chet Baker. How can it fail? This is a wonderful movie about an Egyptian Police Band lost and abandoned in an equally lost Israeli town. Sad and mournful, but ultimately uplifting, this is a movie about breaking down barriers and the joy of music. The Australian subtitles are, as usual, quite flexible. I am not sure "mish maoul" can be translated as "no shit" . Not to be missed.
Monday
Dec222008

Christmas and New Years Opening Hours

Port Macquarie library will be closed on the 25th, 26th and 27th of December and again on the 1st of January 2009.

Laurieton & Wauchope Libraries will be closed from the 25th of December until the 2nd of January 2009

Kempsey Shire Libraries and their branches will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December and again on the 1st of January 2009

We wish all our borrowers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wednesday
Dec172008

Must read or absolute turkey

It is now possible share your comments on what you are reading, watching or listening to. Simply click on the relevant title in the catalogue, scroll to the bottom of the page and then click on add a review.  You may write as much or as little as you wish and give each item a rating out of 5. Find out if others share your views or if you are the only person on the planet who doesn't like vampire novels.