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Post by commonsparrow3 » February 5th, 2021, 12:01 pm

KevinS wrote:
February 3rd, 2021, 8:08 pm
Ch. 8 PL OK!

It's interesting to have a novel concern itself with such business matters. I like the serious tone, too. (If Hollywood made this a film, it would have to be a comedy. Or maybe I'm being too pessimistic.)
Thanks for the PL, Kevin.
Yes, the complicated nitty-gritty of building up a small business is treated as something that might actually be interesting to cover in detail, instead of a hand-wave and voila, the business has grown, in the interval between chapters, just like that. Even when not a comedy, Hollywood would probably cover it in a montage with upbeat music, fast-forwarding over months of work in a brief sequence, to skip over what is presumed to be the boring part.

Taking a few days off this project to go do some sections I've claimed in a group project. I'll be back here in about a week!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » February 25th, 2021, 2:03 pm

Here's Chapter 9 - (length 25:03)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_09_canfield_128kb.mp3

Sorry for the weeks' delay - Life got busy - But there should be several chapters coming along next week.
Even though this chapter is about Evangeline, we do find out a few very interesting tidbits about Lester.

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Post by KevinS » February 25th, 2021, 2:23 pm

commonsparrow3 wrote:
February 25th, 2021, 2:03 pm
Here's Chapter 9 - (length 25:03)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_09_canfield_128kb.mp3

Sorry for the weeks' delay - Life got busy - But there should be several chapters coming along next week.
Even though this chapter is about Evangeline, we do find out a few very interesting tidbits about Lester.
Not to worry, though I did wonder if you were in a snowbank. (Wink.)

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Post by commonsparrow3 » February 26th, 2021, 10:50 am

And Chapter 10 - (length 17:49)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_10_canfield_128kb.mp3

We did have some pretty good-sized snowbanks a week ago.
I had to have a gutter guy here to remove about a ton of ice from my gutters, including one massive 2-story icicle as big around as a tree trunk!
But now it's supposed to be nearly 50 degrees this weekend! We expect we will be flooded with visitors at my zoo gate job. Suddenly springtime? What a change!

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Post by KevinS » February 26th, 2021, 10:52 am

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February 26th, 2021, 10:50 am
...flooded with visitors at my zoo gate...
Time for a Watergate joke. (But I just don't have it in me.)

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Post by KevinS » February 28th, 2021, 12:52 pm

commonsparrow3 wrote:
February 25th, 2021, 2:03 pm
Here's Chapter 9 - (length 25:03)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_09_canfield_128kb.mp3

Sorry for the weeks' delay - Life got busy - But there should be several chapters coming along next week.
Even though this chapter is about Evangeline, we do find out a few very interesting tidbits about Lester.
PL OK!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » March 1st, 2021, 12:44 pm

Thanks, Kevin!

Here's Section 11 - (length 22:10)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_11_canfield_128kb.mp3
After several chapters about Eva's new life, we now move the scene back home, and begin to explore Lester's new life.

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Post by KevinS » March 1st, 2021, 6:22 pm

commonsparrow3 wrote:
February 26th, 2021, 10:50 am
And Chapter 10 - (length 17:49)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_10_canfield_128kb.mp3
Your reading is wonderful, of course, but I can't put my finger on why I'm enjoying the content so much. It's a bit like watching a pleasant movie from the 40s, I guess, without the melodrama.

PL OK!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » March 2nd, 2021, 12:20 pm

Here's Chapter 12 - (length 08:02)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_12_canfield_128kb.mp3
In which we get some brief updates on how Lester and the kids are keeping house.
KevinS wrote:
March 1st, 2021, 6:22 pm
Your reading is wonderful, of course, but I can't put my finger on why I'm enjoying the content so much. It's a bit like watching a pleasant movie from the 40s, I guess, without the melodrama.
Kevin, thank you for such a kind remark on my reading. I wasn't sure about tackling a long work of fiction, not my usual material, wondering if I'd sound as dry as though I were reading a government report. It gives me confidence to hear that one listener is finding it engaging.

As to the content, I'm also finding it enjoyable. It's like a time-capsule of a particular moment in history, when people were questioning gender roles in the aftermath of WWI, and asking questions that still seem relevant almost 100 years later. Your remark that it feels like a 1940's movie got me started wondering whether there had ever been a 1920's movie of it, when the book was first out, and sent me off to search for the answer. To my delight, I discovered that - Yes! There was a 1925 movie! Directed by King Baggot, and starring Clive Brook and Alice Joyce as Lester and Eva. Even better, the movie has survived, when so many silent movies have been lost. And judging from this review, it was actually a pretty good and faithful adaptation of the book. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a copy of the movie available on line, but I am hoping it will crop up somewhere eventually, so I can watch it.

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Post by KevinS » March 2nd, 2021, 1:58 pm

How interesting!

Have a look here, if you haven't already: https://cinema.library.ucla.edu/vwebv/search?searchArg=Homemaker&searchCode=FTIT*&setLimit=1&recCount=50&searchType=1&page.search.search.button=Search

I will try to get around to writing this organization and encourage them to share the footage now that it is in the public domain.

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Post by commonsparrow3 » March 3rd, 2021, 12:58 pm

Here's Chapter 13 - (length 09:46)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_13_canfield_128kb.mp3

And Chapter 14 - (length 18:21)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_14_canfield_128kb.mp3
KevinS wrote:
March 2nd, 2021, 1:58 pm
Have a look here, if you haven't already: https://cinema.library.ucla.edu/vwebv/search?searchArg=Homemaker&searchCode=FTIT*&setLimit=1&recCount=50&searchType=1&page.search.search.button=Search
I will try to get around to writing this organization and encourage them to share the footage now that it is in the public domain.
Aha! You've located copies! But at the moment rather inaccessible to the general public.
You have more get-up-and-go than I have, to think of contacting the archive and giving them a nudge to share!
I notice that one of their copies is a VHS - which means the odds of it being re-released are slightly better than if the only copies were fragile nitrate film.
Well, we shall see what happens.

PS - Just noticed the note in your signature line, that you're unwell. So sorry to hear it! Don't worry about immediate PL-ing, these chapters will keep until you are ready for them!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » March 4th, 2021, 12:15 pm

Here's Chapter 15 - (length 17:01)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_15_canfield_128kb.mp3

I totally loved this chapter about Helen and her dad, because it reminds me in so many ways of me and my own dad. Cooking together - (my dad's potato pancakes were famous, though so messy in the potato-grinding process that we did indeed have to spread newspapers!). And reciting poetry - (a half-century later I can still recite from memory the poems he taught me as a girl). And "talking about things" - (my dad was the go-to person whenever any troublesome things needed to be talked about). I am especially delighted with the scene in which Helen and Lester together solve the mystery of how to crack a raw egg! Oh, yes, this is definitely my favorite chapter!

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Post by KevinS » March 5th, 2021, 12:43 pm

commonsparrow3 wrote:
March 1st, 2021, 12:44 pm
Thanks, Kevin!

Here's Section 11 - (length 22:10)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_11_canfield_128kb.mp3
After several chapters about Eva's new life, we now move the scene back home, and begin to explore Lester's new life.
PL OK!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » March 5th, 2021, 9:46 pm

Thanks, Kevin!

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Post by KevinS » March 7th, 2021, 12:44 pm

commonsparrow3 wrote:
March 2nd, 2021, 12:20 pm
Here's Chapter 12 - (length 08:02)
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/homemaker_12_canfield_128kb.mp3
In which we get some brief updates on how Lester and the kids are keeping house.
PL OK!

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