Henry Kamen, in his Preface to Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492 – 1763

Self has had this book for a very long time. Probably she bought it when she first started wanting to write about the early Spanish explorers: Magellan, Vasco de Gama, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Juan de Salcedo.

She didn’t even think to look up the author’s biography until now: She is absolutely shocked to read: Henry Kamen is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London . . .

From the Preface:

This book was born, in a way, on the battlefield of St. Quentin, a small French town close to the border with Belgium, where in the year 1557 the king of Spain, Philip II, scored a notable victory over the army of the King of France.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Big Little Lies, p. 163: So Many Balls in the Air!

Self began reading this book right after she read the collected short stories of Ernest Hemingway, how she does not get whiplash, she doesn’t know. Things get even more whiplash-y when she begins the next book on her reading list: Outlander.

P. 163: How is Liane Moriarty going to pull all these threads together? She has the ENTIRE Kindergarten Mommies routine down pat.

But there has to be something about this book MORE than just a satire on Kindergarten Mommies, because it did become a huge US bestseller (Self keeps forgetting it’s NOT set in America: the characters don’t speak Aussie patois. They don’t even curse! Not even the bad ones)

“Where’s Jackie today, Jonathan?” asked Gabrielle. The mothers were all mildly obsessed with Jonathan’s wife, ever since she’d been interviewed on the business segment of the evening news a few nights back, sounding terrifyingly precise and clever about a corporate takeover and putting the journalist in his place. Also, Jonathan was very good-looking in a George Clooney-esque way, so constant references to his wife were necessary to show that they hadn’t noticed this and weren’t flirting with him.”

Too. Funny.

Stay tuned.

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