One Hundred Years of Ermintrude, by Tom Evans

This was my first official review as a Kindle Book Review team member.

First, don’t let the three star rating decide for you.

I consider Robert Service to be a different writer from Robert Frost and from Robert Finch, and I have always enjoyed reading all three. If you want an interesting and fun read, One Hundred Years of Ermintrude is for you.

While the title recalls “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, the content is a bit like Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov. What you will read is essentially a large poem that tells more than one story. The first story works backwards in time, and tells of events in one life that are also events in other lives we will meet again later in the work. The second story works forward toward an ending already foreshadowed. Meanwhile the complexity of the previous lives gets revealed in additional incidents. The third story fills in yet more details. If I had to make a tiny carp, it would be that occasionally the rhythm could have been made smoother by removing an unnecessary word. If you are expecting perfect rhymes absolutely every time, you will have to be tolerant.

The work ends with a view of the universe that implies its purpose was to make it possible for a woman to want to buy a cat. Again, this is a fun read.

One Hundred Years of Ermintrude is a great bang for the buck. Different, thought-provoking, and fun. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “One Hundred Years of Ermintrude, by Tom Evans

  1. Heya this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if
    blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.

    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    • My entire web site uses WordPress. You can find this via Google. The package is free. The instructions are reasonably clear. You download the package, then customize a file or two on your home computer. Then you upload it all to your provider. (I use HostPapa because they are cheap and had, and still have, a good reputation).
      Your new website will ask you to create an Id for administering the WordPress content. You then log in to that and you have a wysiswyg editor. You can toggle to html, which I had to do at least once: I could not add text above an image at the top of a page. So I added the text under, went into HTML editing, and moved the obvious stuff to where I wanted it. Normally I never see html code at all.
      There are some subtleties with WordPress but it does work as advertised, even if you want to do somewhat unusual things – you will just have to search for the thing you want. There are forums. There is lots of help.
      In addition your hosting / provider will have utilities. Backup. IP Address Denial. Restore.
      I recommend the free HTP program CoffeeCup to do your initial file movements to your website. Once WordPress is working, your website will allow you to do pretty much everything without knowing HTML. Images, page order, replies, et cetera.
      Good luck.

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