My Inspiration for July 2019

31 Jul

This has been just the most wonderful month! The books I read, the films I saw, the daydreams, the letters, the flowers, the dresses, the joy ahhh…. I read the wonderful, vibrant and amusing novel “The Rum Diary” by Hunter S. Thompson which I reviewed here, then an equally fun memoir “I’m with the band” by Pamela des Barres, first part of the Lemony Snicket’s “Series of Unfortunate Events” and I plan to read the rest too, “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman which was as interesting as the film, I was afraid to read it because “The Graveyard Book” was too slow and too boring for me but I think “Coraline” is great, “Fight Club” by Chuk Palahniuk, poetry by Delmira Agustini, in particular her first poetry collection “The White Book (Fragile)” from 1907, and then the most wonderful new discovery a Chilean author María Luisa Bombal and her two fairly short novels “The Shrouded Woman” (La amortajada) and “House of Mist” (La última niebla). I was mind blown by her writing style and the themes of her novels; she writes the kind of sentences and passages that you wish to read again and again and suck the words in your mouth like bonbons until they melt and fill you whole and you are left delirious, longing for more, desperate and still smiling because she takes you to a dream land of a sort. I watched the film “The Piano” (1993), recommended to me by a very dear person, and wow I was absolutely captivated by the mood and aesthetic and the wonderful performance of Holly Hunter as a mute pianist, and there’s of course Harvey Keitel and beautiful piano music and romance and the mysterious misty shores of New Zealand, this is easily one of my top ten films ever! And I also watched “Say Anything” (1989) with John Cusack and Ione Skye again and …. once again and I smitten by Peter Gabriel’s song In your Eyes and the boombox serenade scene. How very romantical!?

“Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are…”

Monet’s garden, picture by Milamai.

Picture found here.

Cornwall, picture found here.

Picture found here.

Monet’s garden. Pic found here.

John Corbet, “Two girls singing”, found here.

By Fed J. McKinnon

Pic found here.

Syd Barrett & Record Player 1969 by Mick Rock

Pic by Stefany Alves

Pic by Stefany Alves

7 Responses to “My Inspiration for July 2019”

  1. Tânia 31st Jul 2019 at 3:54 pm #

    Delmira Agustini is fantastic. The Piano is a also a great movie, very haunting and somewhat disturbing, but still filled with poetry. I love most of these photos you’ve posted!

    I’ve got two questions: as a big fan of Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte, I see that sometimes you post pictures of the 2011 Jane Eyre film (which I love, by the way!) Have you read the other two Charlotte novels, Vilette and Shirley? If so, what did you think of them?

    There is also an old post of yours I read some time ago in which mentioned Emily of New Moon, by L. M. Montgomery. Did you read the whole series and did you enjoy it? I relate more to Emily and like her books better than Anne of Green Gables, though they’re so much darker and the characters much more unlikeable/complicated. But it takes a weird hold on you and doesn’t let go. I would love to know what you thought.

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    • Byron's Muse 31st Jul 2019 at 9:28 pm #

      Hello there! Thank you for reading and thank you for the interesting questions. Yes, I have read both Shirley and Vilette and I didn’t quite enjoy them, Vilette especially annoyed me because the heroine just seemed so sad and she couldn’t stand up for herself. I was slightly disappointed with the novels, they don’t have the fairy-tale and Gothic element that Jane Eyre has. But, I also really enjoyed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, a haunting book which I’d like to read again. I enjoyed Emily of New Moon and I wanted to continue the series immediately after reading the first part but I didn’t have the concentration for the book at that moment and I didn’t want to read it just for the sake of reading it, I wanted to truly savour it so I am planning to read it in the future definitely. I think there is a time for every book, and sometimes it is good to wait. I also thought Emily was a very interesting and somewhat complicated character and it would be fascinating to read about her growing up to be a writer, but I must say that I am totally like Anne in character with her wild imagination, chatty nature and all, so I do prefer Anne. Now you got me really intrigued about Emily, and thank you for that! May you have a beautiful month of August and cheers 🙂


      • Tânia 1st Aug 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        Oh, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t really enjoy Shirley and Vilette. I think Jane Eyre is the most perfectly realized of Charlotte’s novels, and though I adore it, I think at this point of my life my favourite is Shirley. I love the two different heroines, their friendship and the contrast between them. I also like the two love stories better.

        As for Vilette, I understand what you’re saying about Lucy Snowe, she’s definitely a tricky character, she can be quite hard to love at times. I was often irritated by her snobbery and her sheer unwillingness to show vulnerability, but ultimately I felt sorry for her. She suffers a lot and all alone. Her position in life is a difficult one. I also loved the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, though. 🙂

        You’re completely right about there being a time for every book and I do the same thing. Sometimes just a tiny change in my humour can make all the difference in my appreciation and understanding of a book, so I’ve learned to put off reading when I’m feeling a certain way, and come back to it later, in the right mood. It doesn’t even seem the same book then!

        I’m so glad you’re interested in reading more of Emily and I would love to know your thoughts when you do. There isn’t a lot of people to talk to about her series of books. 😛 As I said, the books are much darker and more realistic and Emily herself can be infuriating as she grows older, but she also goes through a lot. But I don’t want to spoil things for you (or give you spoilers!), so I’ll stop here.

        Sorry for the long reply and thanks for your kind answer! Have a beautiful August as well!

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  2. elisabethm 31st Jul 2019 at 5:21 pm #

    I liked that you included your daydreams as a source of inspiration. We all daydream, and what a wonderful thing that is!

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    • Byron's Muse 31st Jul 2019 at 9:22 pm #

      Wonderful indeed! You have no idea how horribly I am infected by the disease called daydreaming, I spent most of my day daydreaming, a sentence in a novel, a picture, a song…. anything can start a daydream. Nice to hear other people admit daydreaming too because it is truly a beautiful thing. Thank you for reading! 🙂


  3. Ben Montgomery 1st Aug 2019 at 12:05 am #

    I read the rum diaries while drinking rum in a hammock while camping years ago. Good times.

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