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« on: October 02, 2010, 01:54:34 PM »

if you enjoyed the book, i think you will like the mini-series.  i believe it was done for Showtime but is out now on DVD.  also streaming to your computer of whatever, through netflix.  good casting and true to the story in spite of the length of the book.
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010, 02:10:06 PM »

Cool. Just read this book last year, learned a lot.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010, 03:01:21 PM »

read World Without End also.  it's every bit as good.
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 03:12:25 PM »

Alright, streaming episode 1 now. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 05:12:46 PM »

read World Without End also.  it's every bit as good.

Good suggestion, I'll add it to my list. I love historical fiction and Pillars of the Earth got me interested in Medieval times. I highly recommend The White Queen about Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of Edward IV. I learned a lot about the War of the Roses and it was a fun ride in the process.
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 05:40:56 PM »

http://us.macmillan.com/thereligion

if you like those, you'll like this one also.  another one of the few books i can read more than one time.
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010, 05:45:43 PM »

also try Anne Perry's WW1 books.  it's a 4 book series that follows the fictional story of several people/families through the war.
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2010, 06:41:01 PM »

Kathy how do you make the time to read so much, watch TV and DVD's and try and keep the rest of your country folk in line. The only thing that comes to mind is that you dont sleep.
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010, 06:57:56 PM »

 grin

i get a full 8  hours every night.  i read books when i sit down or when i go to bed, but since i don't sit down much unless it's to work at the computer, i also do a tremendous amount of my "reading" by recorded books.  my library offers downloads and there are alway books on CD.  most of me TV watching is recorded shows that i watch at odd times when i'm not reading or in the evening when there isn't anything on TV. 

that's why i enjoy camping or running the tractor.  no input.  gives my brain a chance to stop spinning  evil

the sad thing is that i will never be able to read all that i want to read.  the list just keeps getting longer.
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2010, 07:43:48 PM »

I just finished the last episode of your show Kathy.  Not a bad show.   I do have a problem with the flying buttress being shown as an English invention as with some other inaccuracies with a historical drama.   But a good show.
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2010, 08:16:40 PM »

the movie lacked a lot of the detail in the book, but it is a huge book smiley.  sometimes i hate to watch movies made from books i liked.  they don't hold up.  this one was not to bad, but if you enjoyed the move and have not read the book, read it.  you'll really like it.
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
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