"Men of few words are the best men." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene II

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Letters from My Windmill 
by 
Alphonse Daudet 


 Letters from My Windmill (French: Lettres de mon moulin) is a collection of short stories by Alphonse Daudet first published in its entirety in 1869. Some of the stories had been published earlier in newspapers or journals such as Le Figaro and L'EvĂ©nement as early as 1865.

The stories are all told by the author in the first person, typically addressing a Parisian reader. The author, having relocated his home from Paris, recounts short bucolic tales about his new life in Provence as well as his trips to Corsica and French Algeria. Considered to be light-hearted, and often a bit tongue-in-cheek, the stories vary from day-to-day events in southern France to Provençal folk-tales, and often feature professions and faunal references characteristic of Provence.


Letters From My Windmill is sometimes considered to be Daudet's most important work. It is cherished by many French, particularly in the South, for the picture it paints of the local culture.

QMBC XI: In Cold Blood

Reading


In Cold Blood
by
Truman Capote

The Bleeding Horse, Camden Street, Dublin.
19th July 2011

One Sentence Summaries

Tiger McGavin: Was Perry chicken? Did Dick hit cock? These questions were left unanswered and they were effectively left hanging.

Atticus McCarthy: Perfect execution.

Carl Jameson: How do I feel about In Cold Blood? Luke warm.

William Clay: It was good but was there too much Clutter?

Whitby Syme: Had I met Truman Capote while reading this, I would have been in danger of committing a true crime of my own.

Mycroft Webb: Hot paper!

Scores


Tiger McGavin: 67/83
Quincey Morrisness: 5/10
Actioness: 10/13
Well Writteness: 12/13
Interestingness: 16/17
Unputdownableness: 20/22
Sexiness: 4/8

Atticus McCarthy: 62/83
Interestingness: 13/15
Quincey Morrisness: 10/15
Actioness: 6/10
Execution: 18/20 *
Unputdownableness: 7/10
Discussableness: 10/13
Forgettableness: -2

* Clay & Webb commented it should have been 2 out of 2.

William Clay: 49/83
Interestingness: 12/20
True Crimeness: 37/63

Carl Jameson: 49/83
Well Writteness: 14/20
Unputdownableness: 3/10
Food for thought: 17/20
Interestingness: 7/10
Quincey Morrisness: 8/10
Sexiness: 0/13

Mycroft Webb: 60/83
Quincey Morrisness: 7/16
Actioness: 10/15
Well Writteness: 13/15
Interestingness: 13/15
Unputdownableness: 17/22

Whitby Syme: 45/83
Plot: 13/20
Execution: 12/20
Characters: 13/20
Food for thought: 5/10
Extra points: 2/13

In Cold Blood earned a QMBC rating of 55.3 / 83.

Nominations

William Clay
- A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black
- Carte Blance by Jeffrey Deaver
- Solar by Ian McEwan (vetoed by Atticus McCarthy)

Whitby Syme
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Tiger McGavin:
- Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
- Map of a Nation by Rachel Hewitt

Atticus McCarthy
- Netherland by Joseph O'Neill

Mycroft Webb
- Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Carl Jameson
- Letters from My Windmill by Alfone Daudet
- Scorpion Patrol by Soldier X (later revealed to be a fictional book appearing in TV show Peep Show)

The Voting


BookClaySymeMcGavinMcCarthyJamesonWebbTotal
A Death in Summer--100300--400
Carte Blanche-----200200
Atlas Shrugged---100300-400
Flashman-100-200100300700
Map of a Nation100-----100
Netherland200200200---600
Letters from My Windmill300300---100700
Robopocalypse--300-200-500

Next: Letters from my Windmill
Nearly: Flashman