Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blandish me with a 'forest of camellias'

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy over at her Bermuda Onions Weblog. The point is to share words that are new to us that we encounter in our reading.
This week's word is blandishment, another of those words I knew I knew but it still stopped me. Did I really know what this word meant or was I just glossing over it in my reading? Well of course the context helps! I encountered the word in --- The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Mark Reynolds a publisher, has been sending flowers, including "a forest of camellias" as one  character describes them, to Juliet, a writer. Juliet tells her current publisher ...
"So far his blandishments are entirely floral, and I remain true to you and the Empire"
According to Merrian-Webster blandishment was first used circa 1553 and  means "something that tends to coax or cajole : allurement —often used in plural"
So Reynolds is using flowers to cajole Juliet to do something. Whether it is to be part of his stable of writers or simply go on a date, isn't exactly clear. I am really enjoying this book, told through a series of letters. The device works although it's always debatable, isn't it, whether the writer is taking the easy way out. I was disappointed to read that the Kenneth Branagh directed, Kate Winslet acted film has been delayed from its start date for another year due to casting issues. But, dear reader, if you've read this book and Kate Winslet is Juliet Ashton; who would you pick to play Sidney, Mark Reynolds and dear Dawsey Adams?

 

16 comments:

  1. Even from the context, I didn't quite figure it out. I didn't realize there's a movie in the making - that's exciting news!

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    1. It IS exciting but I do wish they would get started!

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  2. You know, blandishment is one of those words I think I know but now that you've shared it I realize I don't really know it.

    And ooooh . . . Kate Winslet in anything makes me happy. I've not read this novel but it's been recommended to me. I might make an effort, since I try to read the book before seeing a movie.

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    1. Yes, Satia, give it a whirl. It takes place in such an interesting time and place in history!

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  3. I also thought I knew the meaning of blandishment but didn't really.
    Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting me!!

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  4. P.S. I'm your latest follower as I see we like a lot of the same books and also join some of the same memes!

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    1. And I'm yours! Thank you for following me too. Yes, isn't it interesting how we all find each other? When I started blogging this past fall I kept running up against blogs focused on fantasy or true romance!

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  5. I am so happy they are making this into a movie - loved the book!

    I knew the word...LOL - I sound like a jerk (but I did) - haha!

    Thanks for asking about the script. Page 28, which means I need to blast out 72 more pages by the end of the month. I think its going to be really funny...hopefully.

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    1. Almost 30 pages is fantastic progress! Congrats!

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  6. Oh my gosh, how did I miss that this is going to be a movie. AND with Kate stating and Kenneth (yes, I'm on a first name basis with both-hehe). I can't wait. There aren't words to describe how much I loved this book. I'm stumped at who else should star, it's been awhile. I look forward to see who you think to help remind me. I made a no re-read pledge this year but I may have to break it for this book.

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    1. Hi Martha
      I'm not sure if Branagh is going to be in it or just direct. If he does star in it as well, I imagine he would be Sidney. Don't you think? I don't know the other two main male characters well enough yet to hazard a guess...I will let you know when I finish!

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  7. Hmmm. Rethinking my thoughts on kenneth Branagh - I've decided he is too old to play Sidney!

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  8. I loved this book too, it will make a lovely movie I think. Blandishments would have stopped me too.

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  9. I also thought I knew what it meant...
    I've eyed this book several times and even bought it for my niece but haven't felt drawn by it yet, so will be curious what you have to say.

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  10. Hi Jackie/Jake :)
    here's a link to my post about the Guernsey book if you're interested. http://chapter1-take1.blogspot.com/2012/04/guernsey-literary-and-potato-peel-pie.html

    Louise: thanks,I still can't quite own the word!

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