BW23: Sunday Book Babble - Chanson d'Automne by Paul Verlaine
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It's Book week 23 in our 52 Books Quest and today is the 77th Anniversary of the D Day invasion when allied forces launched operation Overlord to free northwest Europe from Nazi occupation. 156,000 United States, British, and Canadian troops stormed five beaches that day in a large amphibious assault. One historical tidbit is the French Resistance had been told the invasion would begin shortly after the first three lines in Paul Verlaine's Chanson d’Automne was read on BBC's Radio Londres in a real time radio broadcast
Les sanglots longs Des violons De l’automne Blessent mon coeur D’une langueur Monotone.
Tout suffocant Et blême, quand Sonne l’heure, Je me souviens Des jours anciens Et je pleure;
Et je m’en vais Au vent mauvais Qui m’emporte Deçà, delà, Pareil à la Feuille morte.
translated by Arthur Symons
When a sighing begins In the violins Of the autumn-song, My heart is drowned In the slow sound Languorous and long
Pale as with pain, Breath fails me when The hours toll deep. My thoughts recover The days that are over, And I weep.
And I go Where the winds know, Broken and brief, To and fro, As the winds blow A dead leaf.
We honor those soldiers who fought and died in service to our countries.
Currently reading S.K. Dunstall's Stars Uncharted which is a quite fascinating space story so far:
"Three people who are not who they claim to be:
Nika Rik Terri, body modder extraordinaire, has devoted her life to redesigning people's bodies right down to the molecular level. Give her a living body and a genemod machine, and she will turn out a work of art.
Josune Arriola is crew on the famous explorer ship the Hassim, whose memory banks contain records of unexplored worlds worth a fortune. But Josune and the rest of the crew are united in their single-minded pursuit of the most famous lost planet of all.
Hammond Roystan, the captain of the rival explorer ship, The Road, has many secrets. Some believe one of them is the key to finding the lost world."
We watched Blade Runner 2049 last night which was full of twists and turns and just when thought we'd figured it, out, it twisted again. Slow moving dark film but it was really really good.