[HISTORICAL FICTION] The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson - jo

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Post by Sciguyvoice » December 27th, 2020, 9:59 am

The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson (1882 - 1973).


The Able McLaughlins won the Pulitzer Prize for a novel in 1924 and follows a group of Scottish families who pioneer the Iowa prairie in the mid-1800’s. The main storyline concerns Wully, the eldest McLaughlin son, who returns home from the Civil War to find that his sweetheart, Chirstie, has experienced a tragedy that will profoundly affect their lives. The perpetrator of that tragedy continues to antagonize the couple setting up a final conflict. But perhaps the stars of the novel are the strong older women such as Wully’s mother, Isobel, whose love and matriarchal strength keeps the family together as well as Chirstie’s stepmother, Barbara, who stages a comedic feminist revolt against her good-for-nothing husband. Interlaced with the plots are richly detailed descriptions of frontier prairie life, the love that families share, and the relationships within the Scottish immigrant community. ( Warren Kati)
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » December 27th, 2020, 1:01 pm

Hi Warren. I'll MC for you. MW will be available shortly.
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Post by Sciguyvoice » December 27th, 2020, 4:43 pm

Thank you, Jo.

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Post by chulsky » December 27th, 2020, 6:10 pm

Sounds interesting! May I DPL please? Thank you!
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Post by Sciguyvoice » December 27th, 2020, 7:43 pm

Absolutely! Happy to have you on board as DPL.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » December 27th, 2020, 10:58 pm

chulsky wrote:
December 27th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Sounds interesting! May I DPL please? Thank you!
All set. :)
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Post by Sciguyvoice » January 2nd, 2021, 10:07 am

Mark,

Happy New Year. The first section is now ready for you. As always, don't hold back on constructive comments.

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Post by chulsky » January 2nd, 2021, 5:26 pm

Sciguyvoice wrote:
January 2nd, 2021, 10:07 am
Mark,

Happy New Year. The first section is now ready for you. As always, don't hold back on constructive comments.

Warren
Happy New Year to you, Warren! You are having a productive start!

Sec.1 PL OK :thumbs: , however I have a question.
I think you are saying McLaughlin in the Irish manner, but the action is happening in the US, where the "gh" in McLaughlin usually sounds more like "F". If that is your conscious decision, that's fine, as long as it is consistent through the book (except, maybe, when non-Irish outsiders address them, then the "F" would sound even better!).
If you decide to change, the timestamps are 0:04, 0:22, 3:15, and 30:47.
Mark Chulsky / Марк Чульский
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Post by Sciguyvoice » January 4th, 2021, 5:19 pm

Mark,

Thanks for the insightful comment. You have a discerning ear. I had not previously recognized the “gh” sounding like an “f” in US pronunciations. But I think that I will stay with the Irish/Scottish pronunciation given that the family moved to the US as adults and live within a Scottish immigrant community. They likely continued to use their Scottish pronunciation while living in Iowa. I will give some thought to your suggestion to use the “f” pronunciation for non-Irish outsiders.

Cheers,

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Post by Sciguyvoice » January 10th, 2021, 12:46 pm

Hi Mark,

Section 2 is now ready for PL.

Many thanks,

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Post by chulsky » January 13th, 2021, 8:46 am

Sciguyvoice wrote:
January 10th, 2021, 12:46 pm
Section 2 is now ready for PL.
Sec.2 PL OK :thumbs: Promises to be a great story!
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Post by Sciguyvoice » January 13th, 2021, 6:17 pm

Thanks for the PL, Mark.

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Post by Sciguyvoice » January 17th, 2021, 1:42 pm

Hello Mark,

I've completed section 3 for your PL review.

Cheers,

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Post by chulsky » Yesterday, 6:39 pm

Again, pleasure to listen, can't wait for the rest!
Sec. 3 PL OK :thumbs:
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