Monday, October 07, 2019

Monday, October 07, 2019 10:03 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
Prospect reviews Margaret Atwood's The Testaments (beware of spoilers!).
Unlike the other women, the Aunts are allowed to read and write, but still Aunt Lydia knows she is transgressing as she writes her testimony within her private sanctum in the library at Ardua Hall. She is hidden deep within the Forbidden World Literature section, surrounded by her personal selection of proscribed books, including Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Ardua Hall has one of the few libraries that still exists in Gilead after enthusiastic book burnings: “The corrupt and blood-smeared fingerprints of the past must be wiped away to create a clean space for the morally pure generation that is surely about to arrive.” Are we imagining an edge of sarcasm in her tone? No. Aunt Lydia, we realise, is not an ardent advocate for the regime she appeared to uphold so vigorously in The Handmaid’s Tale. She is spilling her secrets. Knowledge is power, especially disreputable knowledge, though writing things down is dangerous. Who knows what betrayal and denunciations lie in store? (Cathy Rentzenbrink)
Wirral Globe on forgetting passwords.
A recent survey says we consistently forget them and many have panic attacks but mentally compile them - as Eric Morecambe once said - not necessarily in the right order.
My first ever 'strong' code contender was inspired by a security manual ... alas, I could not understand why the following creation was rejected: Oliver Twist, Jack Reacher, Harry Potter, Hamlet, Postman Pat, Jane Eyre, Sooty, Legs Eleven and Moscow. (Peter Grant)
Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) shows an old illustrated edition of the novel published both in Spain and Bosnia. Brontë Babe posts about Charlotte Brontë’s unfinished novel Ashworth.


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