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Suzie Eisfelder
July 5, 2017

My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin and Two Joans at the Abbey by E. J. Oxenham. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

One of those wonderful books about colonial exploitation by the brilliant Ursula Le Guin. Can you tell I like her works? Is it obvious yet? Maybe I should use some more adjectives?

The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin

Two Joans at the Abbey is one book in a series of books about being nice and looking after people. I did try to put this in the op shop box but it didn’t manage to make it there, somehow it found itself back on my shelf.

Two Joans at the Abbey by E J Oxenham

The Link

At first glance these two books are nothing alike. Yes, they are both ex-library books with all the stamps you’d expect to find on an ex-library book. But that’s a rather trite answer and it’s not what I’m going to mention today.

Both of these books are about getting along with people and not exploiting others. Le Guin says it using a new world and shows us how people exploit the people who lived there first. Oxenham does it the other way round by showing us how it should be done. The people who live at the Hall and the Abbey are constantly bringing in people who are in need and helping them.

Next Week!

Next week we have some interesting books. The Joys of Engrish by Steven Caires and Nose Tone Unturned by Afferbeck Lauder. I have ideas already, the challenge will be to remember them for a whole week.

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