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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
St. Jerome and the Lion - Margaret Hodges When a sick lion shows up at Jerome's monastery, the saint takes care of it and it stays to become his companion after it recovers. The monks, resentful at giving up their scarce meat to an animal, insist that the lion be put to work. The lion tries to guard the donkey, but it is not leonine habit to stay awake all day and eventually the valuable pack animal is stolen by traveling merchants. Miserable and ashamed, the lion must bear the donkey's burdens in her place, until the merchants pass that way the following year and he can rescue the other animal.

This is a different version of the legend of St Jerome and the lion than the one I am familiar with, which features a more solitary encounter between beast and saint while Jerome is a hermit in the desert. A note at the beginning attributes this version to "a Latin manuscript of the Middle Ages" via Migne's Patrologia (Vol 22).

Moser's illustrations were of a high quality, and I thought he did a particularly good job capturing the darkness of the pre-modern night, in a way that is rarely to be seen in picture books. He mentions both Durer and Carpaccio as sources for the imagery.