A New World: An Epic of Colonial America from the
Founding of Jamestown to the Fall of Quebec.
Now that is a title.
I enjoyed this book. Arthur Quinn in his preface said he wanted
to write it in the style of Virgil's Aeneid and if I'd ever read that
I could tell if he succeeded, but alas, never read it.
So whether he managed to weave disparate tales together as
Virgil did, I don't know, but he covered a lot of ground and time.
I'd known about John Smith, George Washington, William Penn,
the Quakers, the Pilgrims, but not so much the Jesuits or the French
settlements. And even the stories I thought I knew, he expanded on.
I found the story about the Acadian Neutrals
particularly interesting. As far as I knew,
Cajun was a truncation of Acadian
and they lived in Louisiana.
It turns out that the Acadians originally were settlers of
Nova Scotia and that area,
were about the only settlers to live fairly seamlessly
with the Indians,
managed to stave off both the British and the French
for a few generations
but ultimately wound up being "resettled" elsewhere.
The Cajuns of today aren't strictly Acadian descendents,
they were scattered too widely.
Speaking of Joy (in more joyous terms), A New World is going to be my first
contribution to her Non Fiction Challenge,
despite the fact that it's not on my original list
and I started it in April. I'm Challenge Challenged.
It's also going on my Chunkster Challenge, at 532 pages
(counting the index which is cheating as far as I'm concerned,
but evidently I'm not above ([disclosed] cheating.)
In knitting news:
I finished one Horcrux sock
and started the cuff of the next one.
I really love how this
Koigu yarn is knitting up,
so many multicolored yarns
look horrible in
anything but stockinette. I thought I'd get
farther on the 2nd sock than I did.
I pulled out a dpn with live stitches and couldn't get it back on pattern
by the time the lights dimmed at the Book Gala the other night.
(Go out and buy Brian Copeland's Not A Genuine Black Man
(I had no idea what San Leandro was like in the 70's),
Frank Portman's King Dork (the scene he read that took place
in French class was hysterical),
Daniel Mason's A Far Country, Monica Wood's Any Bitter Thing and
The Whole World Over by Julia Glass. I haven't finished any of the books yet,
but if the readings and the discussion are any indication,
they're all well worth picking up.)
I finally managed to stop procrastinating
and attached the bodice insert of
Golden Gate and naturally it was pretty easy.
I did have a little trouble
attaching the left side of the insert (possibly the right)
because it turns out that if you hold the yarn in front on one side,
you need to hold it in the back on the other.
And yes, the instructions said this.
And yes, I read the instructions.
What, reading and comprehending are the same thing?
It's sweeps! Stargate SG1 had my favorite plot last Friday,
Samantha was married (and divorced) from McKay! Too funny.
Heroes is really back. I'm sad that it's wrapping up the season so soon.
I want to know who dies! Nathan?
It does look like he gets sacrificed for the "greater good".
Jericho last night was great. New Bern
(the neighboring town) has pretty much forced Jericho
into a turf war.
I do hope the show next season focuses more on
how the town rebuilds post apocalypse rather than
who dropped the bomb and why,
but I'm really hoping that Hawkins doesn't get sacrificed to that end.
Is Lost replaying the same episode for the 3rd week in a row in the 9pm slot?
I thought so last week and last night, I'm almost sure. Phhht.
I actually watched Crossing Jordan.
Lily's life is not that compelling to me. Or Jordan. Or Woody.
I can't decide if I want to watch the pilot of
Gray's Anatomy spin off tonight or not,
but who am I kidding? I watched it last week (off and on)
even when I was sure I was going to heave shoes at Izzie
(I just flipped the channel when she or George came on.
Callie deserves so much better.)
Hezekiah, pretty much
steadfastly ignoring me.