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Grunt: Pigorian Chant from Snouto Domoinko de Silo with CD (Audio) by Sandra Boynton
Grunt: Pigorian Chant from Snouto Domoinko de Silo with CD (Audio)

flamedancing, March 12, 2012

A Sandra Boynton creation and delightful in every way possible. If you are looking for a gift for the intellectual who has everthing, or want a fun way to introduce beautiful early music to a child, this booklet and CD are the way to go. Based on the familiar children's story of Farmer McDonald we are introduced to his farm, E-I-E-I-O, his busy chickens (beautiful harmoized sopranos), complacent sheep (full choir), indolent cows (deep bass), ducks (Altos), and pigs (tenor). Everyone sings in latin except the piggies who perform in pig-latin (of course!). The booklet offers a full translation so that you can follow the story of a day on the farm. For adults the story is full of excellent humor - the cows sing "Allemooia", the Farmer chants to "Soooo-ee", and the chickens sing of "Gloria in eggshells each day-o" (with a very humerous treatment of the 'day-o'). The culmination is that the music is a joy to listen to. The sopranos are clear and the notes soar and flip in the air, the harmonies with the altos are perfect medieval intervals, the tenors lovely and the bass deep and rich.
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The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella
The Wedding Officer

flamedancing, September 22, 2011

This book pulls you in from the first page with beautiful writing, delightful and very real characters, and a plot that is uterly believable, leaving you hoping for the best outcome, but seeing how many different choices and paths are possible. Set in war time Naples, Italy, it follows the courship of a native country woman and a brittish officer. Weaving through the story are quiet references to food, cooking, ideology, and the surrounding atmosphere of the war, giving the story depth. I very much appreciated the treatment of how relationships must change in response to the circumstances of life.
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The Children's Book (Vintage International) by A S Byatt
The Children's Book (Vintage International)

flamedancing, September 21, 2011

Covering several generations of families from 1895 through WWI, the book centers around the interweavings of several families, their relationships, children, strengths, and weaknesses. Unfortunately, the book doesn't take you anywhere. You spend hours and hours following these people through their lives but there is no plot. You expect something like in "Persuasion" where there is a story that is revealed, a mystery uncovered. But, in this book there are no revelations. Although the book refers to stories that one of the characters, the mother, writes for her children, these children's stories do not develop into a larger picture and are not connected. You hardly see these stories in the last 3/4 of the novel. Up to the last page I was thinking that Byatt would pull it all together but it never happened. If you are interested in a chronology of a bunch of messed up people dealing with the turn of the centry then perhaps you will like this book better than I did.
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