Sunday, April 26, 2009

Amelia, Elizabeth, Margaret and Archie...

Amelia Peabody Emerson and company are marching bravely into WWI in the last book I read in the Emerson series; He Shall Thunder In the Sky. This book is one of the best in the series I am sure. By the time you get to it, you know the family so well, and you know how you want thing to go! The vicissitudes in between are written so skillfully. I have to wonder how Elizabeth Peters keeps it up! Both her skills and her enthusiasm for the family Emerson and Egyptology! I do understand that the lady is an archaeologist, and a good one, so I can feel the same thrill for the subject. I would have been an anthropologist had I read the biography of Margaret Mead in time, but it came to me in my late thirties, and was the inspiration for my going back to college for that BA in Cultural Studies. Ahhh, the memories. To get back on-topic, read Amelia Peabody and you won't regret it!

Lately I have begun to listen to audio books streaming from Librivox. If you haven't already done so, check this out. I don't want anything too somber to listen to while working, so I have listened to a bit of good old Wodehouse, by Jove, and let me tell you he doesn't lose the humor in the passage of the years. Written in 1921 or 1922 and out of copyright, those old stories I heard last week were still riotously funny. Even without Bertie and Jeeves, the early stories are a hoot, and so cleverly done. I mean to say, objet d'art means, to Archie, French for "junk"! That is hysterical. The term had been delivered in the most pretentious possible way, and Archie summed it all up. Oh, that is The Indiscretions of Archie.

Librivox is a volunteer organization. People actually read these books out loud for recording, and you and I benefit from their work. Pretty dedicated bunch, and I really appreciate what they do.