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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

The Shadow Wife - progress 30/390 pg

The Shadow Wife - Dorothy Eden

Now why would he so passionately want children? This I would never know - unless I won the next round, and the next, and the next, and at last he married me. But supposing, then, I could not conceive...


Okay, I know this was written in 1967 and sexual politics were considerably different 50 years ago, but this is just seriously weird. The woman is engaging in a flirtation with a Danish hunk that she met less than a week ago, and is basing her decision on whether to have sex with the guy on the likelihood that he'd marry her. The only endgame for her is marriage, and whether or not the guy is a criminal or saint, what motivates him or whether they share the same life goals, can all wait until after he's put the ring on her finger and the binding is legal. 


I can tell that this is not going to end well for her. 


Task the Second: The Silent Nights (Read a book set in one of the Nordic countries)