Saturday, October 02, 2004

I'm finally back online after a week of no internet access. I've felt so disconnected but working overtime has kept me plenty busy. Right before we went down, I finished Rule Britannia by Daphne du Maurier but didn't have a chance to list it here until now. This isn't one of her best, but it's a fun read. Written in 1973, it imagines an alternate world where the UK has dropped out of a grand European Union to form a combined country with the US called USUK, complete with a new flag and plans to essentially make England a giant history themepark. This involves the sudden appearance in England of what looks an awful lot like an occupying force from the US. The book concerns an aging actress, her 6 adopted boys, and her granddaughter reacting to the invasion of Cornwall with a less than favorable response. The book is dark, but funny, and all too ironic given the current world situation.

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