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For the past few days I've been reading The Secret River, by Kate Grenville, winner of the 2006 Commonwealth Prize.  Set in Australia in the early 1800s, the book centers on William Thornhill, a convict sent to Australia with his wife Sal, who acts as his "master" as required by law.  After he has served his time he obtains a pardon and, like many "emancipists" of that time, stakes his claim to a large parcel of land.  The only problem is, the native people claimed it years before.  There are some interesting characters, and I've been struck by how similar conflict was taking place in both Australia and North America, at approximately the same point in history.  The settlers' hubris is appalling and disconcerting.

I have about 60 pages to go, and things are coming to a head.  The question is, will I have time to finish it today?  I'm not concerned about the Super Bowl -- I could easily read right through that.  But since Tuesday, my reading time has been more prone to interruptions due to the arrival of this lovely boy:

We are beginning to develop a sort of rhythm, at least in parts of the day.  Fortunately our other dog is very happy to have a playmate.  Every morning after breakfast they enjoy a wrestling match:

Which is usually followed by a nap:

Which is how I managed to sneak in some reading this morning.  Wish me luck the rest of the day!
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Feb. 3rd, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to read this one...you make it sound really good. I've read a couple of Kate Greville's books and really enjoyed them. I've read quite a bit about settlers usurping the indigenous inhabitants in the last few years, and I too was struck by the parallels between the north Americnas, the Australians... and South Americans too.

Love your new arrival. That photo where they're both curled up asleep is particularly cute.
Feb. 3rd, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment. I really enjoyed the book (finished later today).
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I am so jealous. I would so love a dog, especially a lab, but my life-style just doesn't make it possible. If you've only got 60 page to go though, do finish 'The Secret River'. It was the ending that provoked the most comment in our f2f group and I would love to know what you think about it.
Feb. 3rd, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
The puppy took a second, longer nap and I finished it. Review to follow!
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
I am getting a copy of The Secret River, based on LT reviews. I will be curious to read your review as well.

I love the dog pictures and the narrative. I bet Woody is a welcome companion to your older dog (I apologize, but I can't remember your faithful companion's name). Both look so cute.
Feb. 3rd, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
No need to apologize Jill!! Our other dog's name is Lily. She is a 5-year-old chocolate lab. We had beautiful weather today and they ran around outside for hours. Now it's naptime again!
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I've not heard of this though Kate Greville sounds like a familiar name. I really do NOT need any more books to read.
Feb. 4th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
He is adorable, Laura! No wonder you haven't had much time to read. :-)
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