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Despite the rise of technology, kids still need to know how to write a letter to someone, even if it's via email. Use these playful picture books in the classroom to. the seminar will pay dividends many times over in the years ahead The Do-It- Yourself Lobotomy ÿþ Best Practice Book for IELTS Writing IELTS Writing. tunity to write this book, and to my editors, Roxane Cerda, Helen Chin, and. Suzanne Snyder, for making this manuscript much better than it.
The author laments the decline of letter-writing as a consequence of email and I have sympathy with this. I still write the occasional letter and also have an email correspondence that is consciously structured after letter writing emails of around 1, words every month or so. Garfield is right that browsing through old emails cannot replicate the charm of reading through a box of old letters, though browsing old emails can still be lovely.
The extracts from letters by Napoleon, Ted Hughes, the late Queen Mother, and so on are a real highlight, often illustrated so that you can admire the handwriting. My favourite period covered was the somewhat chaotic development of postal systems and invention of stamps and post boxes.
I am too tired at the moment to have any further thoughts or feelings about this book, the latter pages of which I read after five hours sleep. It was enjoyable and informative, without providing me with fundamentally new insights into the world.
A Guide to Our Future. Dec 06, Algernon rated it really liked it Shelves: The premise of this delightful book is rather contradictory. The author and many of the interview subjects within the book insist that the art of a well-written letter and the practice of sending letters by post is dead. Yet it lives despite changes in technology and habits of writing and communication generally which are interrelated , and the privatization of postal services worldwide.
As I write, Royal Mail has been converted to a for-profit corporation, and the USPS is under attack in Amer The premise of this delightful book is rather contradictory. And yet the book demonstrates 1 people have been declaring the letter dead for centuries and 2 the writing of letters survives in practice, there is an avid audience for reading them, their value as autobiographical material stands undenied, and several decades after the birth of email our relationship with letters has changed but not died.
Citing statistics compiled by the UK's Royal Mail, author Garfield notes that the number of non-parcel, personally addressed mail pieces which it counts as letters peaked in at over 20 billion. It has declined from then to some 13 or 14 billion in Certainly a decline, but hardly nothing. This chit aside, it's a lovely book and a tribute to the personal letter as an art practiced by historical figures and ordinary persons alike, a conversational history of postal services, with photographs of some of literary figures known for their letters, envelopes and stamps without going too deeply into philately - this is mainly about the practice of writing and reading letters , and how writing habits have changed through the centuries, all rendered mainly through anecdote and an amiable, conversational voice - not unlike a very long letter itself.
Threaded throughout the book is an astonishing correspondence between a World War II soldier and his sweetheart, who were married soon after the war. I start off with an interest in the subject, as I still prefer letters myself and write a great many, but I think even if I did not arrive with such interest this book would have been just as enjoyable. Aug 14, Kristi Thielen rated it it was amazing. Easy to enjoy book for anyone - especially baby boomers like myself - who remember a time when people communicated largely by letter and receiving one was a delight.
Garfield discusses the letters of celebrated persons through history and how some of them now fetch extraordinary prices among collectors. He also explains why some great writers were also great letter writers John Keats, Barrett and Browning and also that some great writers weren't great letter writers and why they weren't.
Jane Easy to enjoy book for anyone - especially baby boomers like myself - who remember a time when people communicated largely by letter and receiving one was a delight. Jane Austin. Nearly each century produced at least a handful of "How to Write the Perfect Letter" manuals and each is an encapsulation of the manners and mores of their time. And times have changed: The evolution of the postal service; the mysteries of postage tamp tilting - "upside down, top right corner," meant, at one time, ""write no more"; the meaning behind crazy WW2 acronyms - MALAYA stood for MY Ardent Lips Await Your Arrival; and the invention of the typewriter and then the computer and email - it's all here.
It's all both fun and funny to read about. Woven like a ribbon through all this is the remarkably lovely WW2 correspondence from British soldier Chris Barker to his sweetheart Bessie Moore. There are fewer letter from Bessie to Chris because as he progressed through Europe, he destroyed them so they'd never fall into unfriendly hands.
The couple wrote often, later married, lived long and happily and the letters they shared seem as vibrant today as when the passionate young couple wrote them. Read this book!
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And then, go out and write a letter. May 13, Madeline Roberts rated it it was amazing. This book, about the lost art of letter writing, is more than just a non-fiction book describing letters.
To the Letter is about romance, about history, and it's like an anthology of memoirs or biographies; it's about human lives and relationships. It's about the interconnectedness that we all share. Garfield writes about the history of letter writing, the history of letter sending the postal service, etc. As I read, each c This book, about the lost art of letter writing, is more than just a non-fiction book describing letters. As I read, each chapter brought out more and more of my curiosity about the lives and relationships described and defined in this tome.
I now want to search out and read the letters of Seneca, and those of Madam DeSevigne. Garfield has a smooth and friendly style of writing which flows fast. I recommend this book highly to anyone who is interested in reading about the lives of others. Nov 16, Robin marked it as to-read. Having recently received a copy of a letter that my grandmother wrote to a local newspaper publisher in the - at his request, and fortuitously sent a carbon copy of to her sister whose granddaughter sent it to my father's cousin, whose husband sent it to me , I am keenly aware of the value of letter writing.
My grandmother wrote about the trip she took with my mother, her daughter-in-law, to Algiers to visit my mother's family. It is priceless and a piece of our family history captured now Having recently received a copy of a letter that my grandmother wrote to a local newspaper publisher in the - at his request, and fortuitously sent a carbon copy of to her sister whose granddaughter sent it to my father's cousin, whose husband sent it to me , I am keenly aware of the value of letter writing.
It is priceless and a piece of our family history captured nowhere else. Dec 10, Amy rated it liked it. You fascinate and weaken me, and make me feel strong. How impossible to sleep with thought and wonder of you hot within me.
Garfield's exploration of letter writing is educational and also fun, each chapter of the book built rather like a series of letters themselves. Full of writing prompts for those who participate in letter-writing circles. Dec 28, Judith rated it really liked it.
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Some of the letters quoted are just fascinating. Feb 23, Die A. Es por medio del extracto de la correspondencia de Chris y Bessie que eso se logra ejemplificar.
A Garfield le apasiona el tema, y es algo que queda en franca evidencia a lo largo del libro. En lo particular, yo he llegado a escribir algunas cartas pocas, dicho sea de paso. He llegado a arrepentirme con el tiempo de haber entregado algunas de ellas, pero en fin, la carta es eso: Parte de la historia. Es un libro realmente entretenido. This is a quirky book about the lost art of letter writing. I started writing letters again a few years ago, writing to family and later friends.
My family and I still correspond but no friends ever returned a letter. One gentlemen did email me, saying he was pleasantly surprised to receive a handwritten letter, but that he used email these days.
I have a letter waiting to go to my sister as I write this, and she will respond in kind. Garfield his name was Garfunkel but this was changed by his This is a quirky book about the lost art of letter writing.
Garfield his name was Garfunkel but this was changed by his forebears during the war; Simon Garfunkel would have been novel touches on the re-emerging cult of letter writers, but begins at the beginning with the letters of Ancient Greece, and later Seneca et al.
I did not know about Pliny the Younger's account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, nor many other letter-writing stories of old. I found myself wanting to finish each chapter to get to the love story.
It has inspired me to tackle a few of the as yet unexplored volumes of letters I have in my library: Garfield's work is well-referenced and provides a stack of further reading. This book was a gift, and while I may not have chosen it myself, it was an enjoyable and enlightening read, both from a historical perspective and also as one who might consider letter-writing, at least to my family, a form of hobby. I was surprised by the number of typographical errors in this book, typically words missing the plural where it was required and other words repeated other words repeated like that , and while it is understandable that almost all but the longest surviving and therefore most edited works will have some typos, there were quite a few here.
Nevertheless, there were many snippets of history I was completely unaware of, and for that alone it was useful, but as a complete package, with the love story intertwined, this is a delightful book and I am pleased to now have it in my collection. Jul 01, Kiri rated it it was amazing.
This is an extensively researched yet eminently readable story of the development and now the decline of the hand-written letter. The book itself is a love letter to the letter, but beyond nostalgia, it raises interesting questions about what the rise o Outstanding!
The book itself is a love letter to the letter, but beyond nostalgia, it raises interesting questions about what the rise of email, texting, and social media mean for how we connect and communicate with other humans - and whether all that activity can ever be preserved and treasured by our descendants the way letters are.
I could have done without the interleaved letters between a WWII soldier in Italy and his sudden sweetheart they fall in love through letters at home in London. Sounds romantic, but the letters themselves are cringe-worthy.
I think love letters often are sweet treasures for their intended recipients and pretty hard to stomach for everyone else: Some favorite quotes: Thanks for putting this into words! Feb 19, Lucy rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting but sometimes tedious. Letter writing goes back a long ways and we have examples at least from Roman times. Examples are given from both well known people Cicero, Pliny, Jane Austen and the unknown. Included are letters from a British soldier in World War II to an acquaintance who became his sweetheart and later his wife.
Chapters are: Dear Reader.
There's also a bibliography. This might encourage people to write some real letters instead of just email or texting. Letters let you wax poetic and can be much more descriptive than most people put into email. At least people should write real letters for thank you notes, even if they're short.
And love letters are something you can keep. Email just sort of disappears. Sep 16, Barb rated it liked it. My sister in law has never used a computer or at least not for letter writing. Nevertheless, Menna gives us the chance to cater to our imagination, with this book being one of them to do so. Jan 21, Marion rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. This was a very enjoyable book, although I did like the Dress Shop of Dreams a bit more. I thought the letters were a gift from her grandfather to get Clara writing, but instead it was a series of mysterious letters towards Clara finding love. Which was ok too. What happened with Finn and the ghost? Were Ava and Edward really meant for each other? All in all, I will read more by this author, because I do like this dreamy and magical genre. Nov 24, Ktmholm rated it really liked it Shelves: Through Clara we also meet a variety of other quirky characters.
May 10, Tina rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love stories that revolve around correspondence. It is such an intimate form of communication, not without flaws but with plenty of thought. Even a sad, bad, insulting or otherwise negative letter requires thought, fortunately in this story, the letters are more magical, as some of the characters are gifted in special ways.
It is a wonderful thing that around the world we have such imagination and can share warm, funny and touching stories with complete strangers. I am constantly grateful and s I love stories that revolve around correspondence.
Jan 29, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: A strong start which I loved and a good story but not quite as amazing as I first thought it was going to be. However, a charming and enjoyable read.
Jul 17, Ulrike rated it it was ok. This was my second novel by this author. This one here wasn't so good, there were far too many storieslines woven into each other - or, more precisely - not woven but "standing" side by side Besides that I had fairly soon figured out Otto's secret , so no suprises there. And I didn't like This was my second novel by this author. And I didn't like Edward and Greer's story..
I was so happy for them in the other book End of Hope street: Feb 25, Barbara Makin rated it it was ok Shelves: Kind of strange. Based on the title it was not what I expected. There was several stories going on at the same time. One was even about about a wife that came back as a ghost and feel in love with someone other than her husband.
That story I didnt understand. I bought it for my teenage granddaughters but had to read it first. Language was not appropriate so couldn't give it to them which was a disappointment. Bit disappointed by the end: Really, would a Dutch man with EAL really know that precise term?!
It felt rushed and unresolved somehow; especially re: Finn, Greer and Ed. The best part were the WW2 letters. They were really heartfelt. May 31, Kari Bennett rated it really liked it. I struggled to fully engage with this book for a while, mostly because I felt the characters were much less connected than others in Van Praag's previous books; however, by the end, everything seemed to come together beautifully.
Due to the Amersterdam storyline and her ideas about love, this is now one of my favourites by Van Praag.
It's perhaps not for all, depends if you don't mind suspending your beliefs and going with the story that's often filled with "magic".
But I did, the characters were lovely and the power of letters on each was enchanting to read. May 28, Catherine McNamara rated it it was amazing.
I want to write a letter I never considered writing letters or receiving them as a source of happiness, but I do now. Such lovely people living ordinary lives changed forever by letters and love.
Oct 18, Andrew Harris rated it it was ok. This book was okay. A moving and enjoyable read, and I only disliked it as it just wasn't in line with my particular taste in literature. Though drawn in by the concept of letter writing as a forgotten art, I found this book focusing more on anxiety rather than raw emotive power.
May 01, Bundle rated it did not like it Shelves: I liked the premise and how the characters all connected at the end, but I disagree with most of the lifestyle choices the author applauds, and the writing was not exceptional enough to make me overlook that.
Nov 29, Kathleen Cameron rated it it was amazing. Beautiful, just beautiful I read this because of another by the same author. To fill one story with love and hope and sadness in the same sentence is luck. In a second story it is talent.. Jun 28, Jeannec rated it it was amazing.
The book is wonderful! I cared about the characters and was intrigued to see their stories unfolding. There's a lightness and a little magic that make this a feel-good book.
I was surprised to finish it and wanted more! Oct 31, Sarah Smock rated it really liked it. This book was a little strange because it used unconventional ways to convey powerful messages. And everyone has different gifts.
May 24, Emma rated it really liked it. Another pleasurable and enjoyable read, with a subtle hint of fantasy, or intuition, whichever way you like to see it. Along with printable postcards, there are also some promotional tools and ideas on how to encourage conversations online. But the writing doesn't have to stop there. More details can be found on their webpage. Please feel free to contact us with questions or ideas at BBW ala.
You have our support, Readers Dear readers, Your words have the power to sway decisions, to defend access to books, to stop censorship. Your words can combat the silencing of stories.I cared about the characters and was intrigued to see their stories unfolding. The goal of the campaign is to not only raise awareness of books that are threatened with censorship and support authors, but also encourage thoughtful discussions about the power of words and how essential it is to have access to a variety of viewpoints in libraries.
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