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Old 08-23-2012, 05:45 PM   #1201
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"Never be a pioneer. It's the Early Christian that gets the fattest lion."

"Quite a charming woman; separated from her husband --"
"Incompatibility of income?"
"Oh, nothing of that sort."

"....and as we were coming home through some meadows she made a quite unnecessary attempt to see if her pony would jump a rather messy sort of brook that was there. It wouldn't. It went with her as far as the water's edge, and from that point Mrs. Nicorax went on alone."
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:59 AM   #1202
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"....and as we were coming home through some meadows she made a quite unnecessary attempt to see if her pony would jump a rather messy sort of brook that was there. It wouldn't. It went with her as far as the water's edge, and from that point Mrs. Nicorax went on alone."
Been there, done that!

It was my first and only time on a horse. The animal took off at a full gallop straight at the tree line of the woods. I told the beast to make a right turn, but it just ignored me. No matter how hard I pulled the reins to the right, it just kept on charging at those trees until it was within ten feet of them. That's when I discovered that horses had the unique ability to make a 90 degree turn at full speed. For my part I continued in the same direction as before. The critter stood there looking at me with laughter in his eyes. I got up, taught it some French, and got right back on. It was okay after that.

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:31 PM   #1203
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Well ... since I seem to have brought this thread to a screeching halt ... I'll enclose the answer in spoiler tags ... in case anyone wants to guess this weekend.

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H.H. Munro, better known as Saki - Reginald - a compilation of absolutely hilarious short short stories that describe the life & times of Reginald - a close literary relative of Bertie Wooster.



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Old 08-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #1204
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Well ... since I seem to have brought this thread to a screeching halt ... I'll enclose the answer in spoiler tags ... in case anyone wants to guess this weekend.

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H.H. Munro, better known as Saki - Reginald - a compilation of absolutely hilarious short short stories that describe the life & times of Reginald - a close literary relative of Bertie Wooster.



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Interesting that you should mention a character named Reginald. As you know, Reginald Pepper was Wodehouse's forerunner to Bertram Wooster. Wodehouse's use of the name "Reggie" was possibly inspired by Munro's character.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:22 AM   #1205
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Since no one seems to be taking this one. I'll make another effort to stump the panel:

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He set the fourths and then the fifths with a tuning fork and his naked ear, catching an aching but pleasureable dissonance. His sense of pitch was sure, he heard harmonies in the groan of hinges. The button action was quick, the subtle clacking like the rattle of dice in a gambler's hand. From a distance the voice of the instrument sounded hoarse and crying, reminding listeners of the brutalities of love, of various hungers. The notes fell, biting and sharp; it seemed the tooth that bit was hollowed with pain.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:22 PM   #1206
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Hmmm -- haven't read it, but I could swear I can hear it!
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:35 PM   #1207
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This is referencing a typist on a typewriter, I'm pretty sure. It seems so familiar, but I'm at a loss as to why...


Edit: Oops, wrong.

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:58 PM   #1208
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A couple more quotes:

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“The world is a staircase," hissed the accordion maker in the darkness. "Some go up and some come down. We must ascend.”
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“When the watermelons were as large as a child's head, the women boiled them, but they collapsed into a tasteless green mush that no one could eat, not the children, not the cow.”

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Two of the author's works (one was a short story) have been adapted into movies.
The autho has won a PEN/Faulkner award, a couple of O. Henry awards, a Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:46 PM   #1209
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Sounds like magical realism? Borges?
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:47 PM   #1210
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Toni Morrison?
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:18 AM   #1211
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No to both of those. It is not magical realism.

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"You got to think a musical instrument is human or, anyway, alive," said Beutle. "You take a fiddle now, we say it has a neck, and in the human neck what do you find? Vocal cords like strings, where the sound comes from. Now the accordion, we have here an instrument that breathes! It breathes, it lives."
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:53 AM   #1212
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OK - Appalachian America? Deliverance?
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:06 AM   #1213
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Right country, wrong location. More author hints:

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Female.
Started as a journalist.
Currently lives in Wyoming.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:37 PM   #1214
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Not Deliverance. I have that on next year's required reading list.

Any other takers? If not it's yours poohbear_nc for the next book.

Spoiler:

Accordion Crimes by E. Annie Proulx.

Annie Proulx wrote The Shipping News which won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a movie starring Kevin Spacey and Judi Dench. A wonderful book and movie. The other movie was Brokeback Mountain based on one of her short stories.

I'm currently reading [i]Accordion Crimes right now and it's quite good so far.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:00 PM   #1215
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I'd googled earlier to find out, and I've not read any of her stuff so wouldn't have got it. Agree that the film The Shipping News was excellent.
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