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Aunt Dora Baggins

Jul 15 2014, 8:52pm

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William Shakespeare's "The Jedi Doth Return", "Halestorm", "Thomasina", more Theodore Parker

I've been eagerly awaiting "The Jedi Doth Return" and had it pre-ordered for several months. I was thrilled when it arrived. It's just as great as the other two volumes. It's not only an amusing concept, but it's very well done, all in iambic pentameter (except for Yoda, who speaks in haiku, and a few other characters.) I cried at the death of Darth Vader, something I never did in all my watchings of the movie. I didn't like the speech he chose for the Ewoks, but other than that it was perfect. And the bibliophile in me loves the physical book itself: the boards are printed to look like an old leather book, the dustcover has a lovely woodcut of Jabba in Elizabethan clothes, and there are more yummy woodcuts inside.

I bought the e-book of "Halestorm" by Becky Akers despite the warnings of folks on the forum where I found out about it that "this will make you want to stab the author." Sadly, it turned out to be true. It's a romance novel based loosely on the life of Nathan Hale, someone I've been interested in most of my life. The writing was OK, but she apparently based it more on the ridiculous 1899 play "Nathan Hale" by Clyde Fitch, which is a melodrama featuring a Snidely Whiplash-type villain named Guy Fitzroy. Aker's made-up villain was named Guy something else, but was the same kind of character. I loved some of this book, the scenes of Hale teaching school, for example, which is what made the rest of it so disappointing. The heroine, who is a real historical person, was made into a complete ninny who did things the real person never even came close to doing (like going to New York to try to find Nathan and inadvertently betraying him to his death. In real life she was at home in Connecticut making homespun cloth and candles and stuff). But what drove me wild were the anarchist speeches the author put into Hale's mouth, and her afterword trashing the US Constitution.

I cheered myself up by reading Paul Gallico's lovely book "Thomasina: the cat who thought she was a god". The Disney movie I mentioned last week was based on this book. It's out of print, but I found a used copy (I may have one already but I couldn't locate it in my overstuffed library at home). What can I say? This is one of those books I read over and over and never tire of, the story of a dour widowed veterinarian in a Scottish village, his daughter, the daughter's cat, and "Daft Lori" who lives in a cottage in the woods. The writing is lyrical and wonderful. I can't figure out why it's out of print.

And I've been reading more Theodore Parker, despite the thrashing I got over him on TORn last week. Here's a quote I stumbled upon the other day. You can see why Martin Luther King Jr. found his writings inspiring: "It requires very little courage to fight with sword and musket, and that of a cheap kind..It requires little courage to kill, but it takes much to resist evil with good, holding obstinately out, active or passive, till you overcome it. Call that non-resistance, if you will; it is the stoutest kind of combat, demanding all the manhood of a man."

"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

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