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The Lake of Dead Languages
by Carol Goodman | Literature & Fiction
Registered by coolboxuk of Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Lunar73): travelling


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6 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by coolboxuk from Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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From the back:
"Jane Hudson never thought she would return to Heart Lake. Her years there as a scholarship ended in a double tragedy.
Now she is back, struggling to adjust to her new life teaching Latin and as a single mother. But the events that haunted her memories for so many years begin to recur in front of her eyes. It seems that she alone can see what is happening, and only she will be able to prevent a second catastrophe...
Surrounded by the lake that gives the school its name, steeped in history and overflowing with the emotions of teenage girls, Heart Lake guards its past - but cannot keep it hidden." 


Journal Entry 2 by coolboxuk from Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, January 28, 2006

8 out of 10

I must say I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up in a charity shop a while ago because the title attracted me to read the summary on the back; and having gone to a Latin school myself this seemed interesting - it's not particularly a subject you come across a lot in novels... There is a lot of Latin - quotes, verses, declensions etc (usually with translations following) - worked into the text and it was really great fun reminiscing over them! A lot of the activities described in this imaginary school also rang a bell..., so it was quite like a bit of my own past coming to life again. Now, seeing that this book - quite a clever thriller-type murder mystery - is all about the past coming to life, this in itself was sometimes a bit creepy; and got even more so when quite early on I discovered that the heroine shares my name as well! It's not a name commonly found in novels...

Anyway, after all this personal gabble I should say that what I liked about the book were the unexpected twists and turns; the strong and really unusual characters; and the relations between them, and between most of them and the various layers of past. What I didn't like is the fact that it was very poorly proofread, probably just run through a spellchecker. I admit I'm a stickler for language and if I constantly come about typos and wrong words - a few of them so bad you had to stop and think - then it severely interferes with my enjoyment of reading! Just an example: the heroine is doing some sewing and keeps the pins handy in her mouth. Somebody asks her a question, so she "takes the pins out of her mother"... Grrr. See what I mean about the spellchecker...?

Well, the book is now going to shnedwards as a swap for The Last Battle. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingshnedwardswing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 01, 2006

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Received with thanks from coolboxuk!

Edit: Making this a bookring. Will read it on its return.

Mailing order:

Totje2, Netherlands
LilyKlip, Germany
Icila, France
Lunar73, Australia <---here
wendyv, Australia
seayork2002, UK
stubee, UK

then back to me
 


Journal Entry 4 by wingshnedwardswing at Bookring to next reader, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 16, 2010

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Released 4 yrs ago (7/16/2010 UTC) at Bookring to next reader, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to its first reader. Hope you enjoy it! 


Journal Entry 5 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Just like coolboxuk I had my share of Latin in my teens. I look forward to dive into good memories through this book.
I hope to be able to miss the typos etc. that were mentioned. In Dutch that won't work,but maybe in a language that's not my own, I'll get lucky :-)
 


Journal Entry 6 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

8 out of 10

I liked this book a lot. It did not stun me, it wasn't very exciting or surprising, but once I started reading, I couldn't putthe book away.
It is a calm detective-like story about how things that happened in the past, influence things happening in the present.

Despite the slowness of the book it didn't bore me at all. For me it wasn't clear from the beginning how the pieces of the puzzle fitted together, and that made me read on and on and on. The Latin parts brought back sweet memories of my own time in grammar school learning Latin (the first years, that is :-P). I also liked the style of writing. Nothing bomabastic, of with 'difficult' of odd words, even good for a bed time read.(Since English is not my native language, that's a rare thing!!)

I liked the shifting of perspective between the young Jane and the older one. The description of winter, ice forming on the lake, how the girls are drawn to that lake for many reasons, but one of them is the legend of the Crevecoeur sisters.

The outcome of the mysteries (past and present) were kinda natural, I did not even have my toes curl in my shoes because of the happy ending. Usually with a happy ending it feels so 'forced'. No, I loved it and I intend to try more books by this author.

I have PMed LilyKlip for her address, when I get it, this book will continue its journey. Got the address, but personal circumastances have prevented me from sending it on yet. I'm terribly sorry for the delay. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Released 3 yrs ago (9/22/2010 UTC) at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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This book is on its way to LilyKlip
I really enjoyed this book! Hope you like it as much as I did.  


Journal Entry 8 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Sunday, September 26, 2010

7 out of 10

First of all I'd like to say that I enjoyed reading the book. However, I was very disappointed about the charcters (and more so about the author). I was quite excited when I read the comparison to Donna Tartt in the blurb of the book. I only read her "The Secret History" not so long ago and loved it. Unfortunately, it was more than obvious that Carol Goodman had also read the book. A lot of the charcters were extremely similar, some practically identical. That annoyed me a lot and it spoiled the reading experience quite a bit for me as it gave away some developments in the story. I just expected certain characters to act in a certain way and I guess I have a problem with Carol Goodman so shamelessly copying so much from Donna Tartt.

 


Journal Entry 9 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Monday, October 25, 2010

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Released 3 yrs ago (10/25/2010 UTC) at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany

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Will post to Icila tomorrow. Thanks again for sharing this book. 


Journal Entry 10 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, November 08, 2010

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Arrived safe this morning. Thanks LilyKlip ! 


Journal Entry 11 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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I can say I liked this novel. A bit too difficult perharps to go back and forth with the characters and their latin names. I guessed the twist a long time before the end but anyway...
I liked also the descriptions of the weather in the Adirondack and the ice-forming upon and into the lake.

Thanks for sharing.

PMing Lunar73 


Journal Entry 12 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, December 06, 2010

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Released 3 yrs ago (12/6/2010 UTC) at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France

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In charge of the Post Office. 


Journal Entry 13 by Lunar73 at Sheffield, Tasmania Australia on Friday, December 31, 2010

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This book arrived over a week ago, sorry for late post. I'm probably nearly a month away from reading it, so I'm happy to send onto the next person if you want to keep it moving quickly shnedwards. Just let me know. 


Journal Entry 14 by Lunar73 at Sheffield, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, March 19, 2011

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Released 3 yrs ago (3/18/2011 UTC) at Sheffield, Tasmania Australia

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On its way to seayork2002 




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