Friday, May 9, 2008

Frabjous Friday!

HALLIE: Okay, here are the answers --

"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
-- Little Women - In this enduring novel, Louisa May Alcott gave us the rebellious Jo March who, more than Nancy Drew, inspired a lot of young women to write.

Amerigo Bonasero sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her.
-- The Godfather - It's hard to read this Mario Puzo novel without hearing Brando's raspy Don Vito Corleone voice--do you remember why he talks that way (he was shot in the throat)?

In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together.
-- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers set this novel in the deep South in the depths of the depression; the two characters are deaf-mute John Singer and tomboy/aspiring pianist Mick Kelly. McCullers wrote it when he was just 23.

In a country such as Amerika, there is bound to be a hell-of-a-lot of food lying around just waiting to be ripped off.
-- Steal This Book - Abbie Hoffman late '60s rant about what's wrong with Amerika that begins, appropriately enough, with a "Table of Discontents"

Here's a book quiz, Part II

Anyone else out there love nonsense words? Match these nonsense words to the author who invented them:

1. wampeter, granfalloon, karass
2. frabjous, vorpal, whiffling, uffish, brillig, slithy, gyre, borogove
3. squitch, thneed, sneetch, grinch, gack, Bar-ba-Loot
4. frobscottle, swishfiggler, snozzcumber, Oompa-Loompas, disgusterous
5. scroobious, meloobious, borascible, slobaciously, himmeltanious,
flumpetty, mumbian
6. pensieve, muggle, animagus, bludger, patronus, mudblood, obliviate,

a. Edward Lear
b. Lewis Carroll
c. Kurt Vonneegut
d. J. K. Rowlings
e. Dr. Seuss
f. Roald Dahl
(1 e,2 b, 3 a, 4 f, 5 c, 6 d)
More quizzes, anyone??


  1. Love the quizzes - and I actually knew more of the answers today.

    Time for me to re-read The Godfather. It's easy to forget how magnificent the book is, given the movies (except for Godfather III, which is a disgrace to the franchise as well as people in general - one of the few movies I almost walked out on).

    Early Happy Mothers' Day to all - it's going to be rainy here - perfect for reading!

    Kathy Sweeney

  2. So who's going to tell me Carson McCullers is a's a TYPO!

  3. ANd it's so funny how those words become part of our lives.

    I use karass all the time.
    Some people understand, some look at me funny.

    And in Prime Time, I had someone "apparate" into a room,(thanks to JK Rowling for a perfect new word).

    But my editor didn't buy it. And disapparated it. It's now "appeared," which, of course, is not the same thing AT ALL.

    Kathy-is Godfather 3 the one with the Senate hearings? Why did you hate it?

  4. Well, I just thought I'd been stupid all these years about Carson McCullers! :)

    I did much better on the latest quiz, probably because I've read at least 3 of those authors plenty in the last ten years. And Vonnegut just tends to stay with me.

    Fun posts!

  5. Hank - you got it. And there was the subplot about the death of the Pope too.

    The characters were more like caricatures.

    Sophia Coppola - who is a fine actress, writer and director, was totally miscast.

    A big part of the plot hinged on whether one could believe that the chemistry between Sophia (who played Michael's daughter) and Andy Garcia (who played Sonny's illegit son - conceived at Connie's wedding no less) was so intense that it was worth rocking the family's foundations (hello - first cousins? Blech.)

    Garcia was fantastic, but the rest of the movie was awful.

    In completely unrelated news - Happy Mothers Day!

    Kathy Sweeney