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Old 09-14-2016, 02:06 PM   #1
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My Favourite Book is an E Book!

I was idly wandering around Amazon this afternoon and decided to find out if my all-time number one favourite book is finally an e book. Imagine my delight when I discovered that it is.

The book? A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle.
This is a beautifully written novel set in a graveyard. There is a recluse who for some strange reason never leaves the place and is fed by a talking raven who brings him sandwiches etc. The raven is a bit of a smart Alec. There are also two ghosts, newly dead who gradually fall in love. An old Jewish woman often visits the grave of her husband. These weird and disparate characters are brought together in a touching and well-written book which will never leave your mind.

I have the paperback, but I'm considering buying the kindle version.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fine-Privat...+private+place

There are some very interesting reviews which give an even better idea of the book's content.

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Old 09-14-2016, 04:29 PM   #2
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I read this in the mid-70s.

A great classic of Fantasy.

Here's the U.S.A. link:

https://www.amazon.com/Fine-Private-...dle#nav-subnav

Here's the cover from the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting about this, BookCat. It sounds interesting, and it's not a book I'd previously come across.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:34 AM   #4
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Was the title inspired by Andrew Marvell's poem "To my Coy Mistress"? Truly a classic piece of poetry.

"The Graves a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace".

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/marvell/coy.htm
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:55 AM   #5
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Sounds interesting. Might have to get it via Overdrive or buy a copy

As a quick note, e book is one word as in eBook.
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:38 PM   #6
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As a quick note, e book is one word as in eBook.
Thanks, I often get confused about that. Is it ereader or e reader?
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Was the title inspired by Andrew Marvell's poem "To my Coy Mistress"? Truly a classic piece of poetry.

"The Graves a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace".

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/marvell/coy.htm
Yes, I believe that was the inspiration for the title; it's also very relevant to the novel.
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This is not my usual cuppa; however, not only is it set in my native borough, but also the cemetery was across the street from the house I lived in until I was six, when my family decamped to the 'burbs. So I'm in. Thanks.
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I read this years ago, after reading The Last Unicorn, but I can't say I remember it too well. I still have the hardcover in which it was included with several other works by Peter S. Beagle. Maybe I'll revisit it.
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Thanks for this BookCat ! I just read a book with ghosts. I really like the premise of this one too.
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Thanks, I often get confused about that. Is it ereader or e reader?
Neither as the term eReader is already used to mean the eReader eBook format. The file extension is .pdb.
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Sounds interesting. Might have to get it via Overdrive or buy a copy

As a quick note, e book is one word as in eBook.
I checked Overdrive using the "is it available to recommend" option in the Advanced Search, and it didn't come up.

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Neither as the term eReader is already used to mean the eReader eBook format. The file extension is .pdb.
Words came be used for more than one meaning.
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Sounds interesting. This reminds me a bit of Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.

I may have to check it out.

Thanks.
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Neither as the term eReader is already used to mean the eReader eBook format. The file extension is .pdb.
The meaning of words can change with time, Jon, and this is an example of one that has. The "eReader" ebook format is dead and buried; the word is now used to describe a device on which one reads ebooks. It's time to join the 21st century.
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They will also migrate to less ridiculous capitalisation, so I say get ahead of the curve and go straight to ebook and ereader. (Although will ereader as a dedicated device become redundant?)
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