21 January 2009

Entracte - Page 25

Rien à voir avec la choucroute (où n'importe quelle autre plat), mais Anne de Papilles et Pupilles m'a taguée en me demandant de partager les 5 à 10e lignes de la 25e page du livre que je suis actuellement en train de lire. Le livre est Shakespeare: The World as a Stage, une biographie de Shakespeare et son époque écrite par Bill Bryson (son livre Une histoire de tout, ou presque... est le seul traduit en français).

Nothing to do with food, but Anne from the blog Papilles et Pupilles has tagged me with a meme. The rules are to share the 5th-10th lines of the 25th page of the book you are currently reading. For me, that book is Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson (phewf, I'm reading something that makes me sound intelligent and theater-y, as if that weren't always the case...). So here we go.

Et voilà les lignes :

[Shakespeare was] born just at the time when records were first kept with some fidelity. Although, all parishes in England had been ordered more than a quarter of a century earlier, in 1538 to maintain registers of births, deaths and weddings, not all complied. (Many suspected that the state's sudden interest in information gathering was a prelude to some unwelcome new tax.)

Attention, je tente une traduction : "Shakespeare est né à une époque où l'on commençait tout juste à garder des archives de façon constante. Malgré le fait que toutes les communes ont reçu l'ordre un quart de siècle plus tôt de garder un registre des naissances, morts et mariages, elles ne respectaient pas systématiquement cette règle. (Beaucoup de gens pensaient que l'intérêt soudain porté par l'état pour ces informations était un prélude à un nouveau impôt facheux.)"

Voilà, je passe le relais à Tony, Cicero Sings, Rosa, Gloria et puis vous les autres aussi si vous voulez !

Ok let's see what you're reading Tony, Cicero Sings, Rosa, Gloria and anyone else who wants to share!

Sinon, pour continuer le thème d'hier, vous trouverez plus de liens autour de l'investiture d'Obama chez Olivier SC qui y a dédié deux billets hier : ici et ici.

If you're reading a good book, heat up the leftovers of your Obama Chili to go with it, or head over to Olivier SC's blog to find more Obama links in two posts from yesterday.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Merci pour le tag! Intéressant...



Cicero Sings said...

I see I have been tagged!

Bill Bryson can be funny.

Hester Prynne said...

I did the meme in my blog! :-)

croquecamille said...

Ack! What does "l'on" mean/do? Is the l just stuck before on if the previous word ends in a vowel? I realize this makes me sound like a huge nerd, but it's been bugging me for weeks now, and clearly you know how to use it. help!


Papilles et Pupilles said...

MErci :)
J'avais lu nos voisins du dessous de Bill Bryson. Assez rigolo :)

Hopie said...

Rosa - De rien, je suis intéressée de savoir ce que tu lis !

Cicero - Yes, I like Bryson's writing style.

Hester - Yay!

Camille - Haha, your comment cracked me up. Ok, from one nerd to another: the 'l' is added in front of "on" after "que" for the express purpose of avoiding the sound "qu'on", er, "con" -- if you follow my meaning. The irony is that it's only really done in writing when you can't actually hear the sounds. People don't always do it, but it is the "proper" way.

Papilles - Il écrit bien, je trouve ! Merci pour le tag.

Joie de vivre said...

Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods is one of my favorite books. In some parts I can't breathe because I'm laughing so hard. I'll have to check this one out.

Navita said...

Hi Hopie...long time no see...so dropped by to say hi

Elra said...

Hoppie, i get to know you just a little more.

Katharine said...

Well, thank goodness you aren't still reading House of Seven Gables! Here's mine: although reading three books currently, this one is handy, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin:

Haji Ali led Mortenson into a hut that looked no nobler than the others. He beat a pile of bedding until its dust was distributed throughout the balti, the large, central room, placed cushions at the spot of honor close to an open hearth, and installed Mortenson there. There was no talk as tea was prepared...

The book relates the story of climber Greg Mortenson who got lost when descending from a failed attempt to scale K2 (second in height to Everest) in Pakistan, is taken in by a remote mountain village where he promises to return to build a school for their children. "Three Cups of Tea" refers to the tradition of offering yak butter tea. The first cup is for hospitality, the second for friendship and at the third cup the guest is considered family. Excellent and fascinating read.


David said...

A bit late, perhaps, but here are the 5th-10th lines from the 25th pahe of the book I'm reading:

"If the spy was right, the army was in great danger. They could be cut apart and cut off from home and destroyed in detail, piece by piece. If the spy was right, then Lee would have to turn, but the old man did not believe in spies nor in any information you had to pay for."

- from The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the 3-day Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the American Civil War.

Robert E. Lee would have loved blogs!

Hopie said...

Joie de Vivre - I guess I'll have to read Walk in the Woods then!

Navita - Always nice of you to stop by! Hope you're doing well.

Elra - That's part of the fun of these memes, isn't it.

Mom - Wow, that sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for sharing. Having tasted Tibetan butter tea, I'm not eager to try Yak butter tea -- but perhaps it's better...

Dad - It's never too late to join in the book fun. Oh no, what is General E. Lee going to do!! ACK! I hope it doesn't end badly for him...er...

croquecamille said...

Thanks! I mainly had to comment because the word verification is so appropriate: supperer. :)