[bksvol-discuss] Re: picture description bog down

P.S. If I were reading the book and the pictures weren't in the book I wouldn't 
miss them--but that's just me.

Cindy

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--- On Thu, 8/28/08, Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] picture description bog down
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 11:22 PM
> Dear Booksharian Friends,
> 
> I'm moving slower than road construction in two books.
> After so much time 
> and work I would be sorry to give them up, but I have to
> face facts that I 
> don't have the ability to see details or the visual
> endurance to continue 
> trying to describe the pictures and both are very picture
> rich.
> 
> The first is a Portrait of Jane Austen by David Cecil. The
> title means 
> portrait in two senses. It's a portrait in words based
> on extensive research 
> and use of letters of the people involved, and literally a
> visual portrait 
> as it is heavily illustrated with portraits of the people
> in Jane's life and 
> the places where she and her family lived and visited.
> After months I'm only 
> up to page 79. I've spent so many hours that I
> don't want to give up, but 
> without help maybe I should. The illustrations show so much
> about that time, 
> the late 18th and early 19th centuries. For example,
> there's a vast room, 
> which I'm guessing, is 20 feet high. I can't
> imagine how they heated such a 
> room, but I think it's there. I think there are 2 or 3
> tiers of windows 
> separated by impressive vertically ridged pillars with
> ornate carving at the 
> tops. This is a beautiful book. The prose are fascinating
> to a fan of Jane 
> Austen's writing, but the pictures lend a reality the
> text never touches.It 
> is 206 pages long. Maybe someone with sharp vision could
> pick and choose 
> some which pictures to describe.
> 
> The other book is Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure Secrets of
> Ancient Egypt by 
> Lila Perl, for middle grade children. Here again I think
> the pictures show 
> wonders not described in the text like how mummified bodies
> and Egyptian art 
> looks. It's a Scholastic oversized soft cover book
> which is 120 pages long. 
> The print of the captions for photographs is smaller than
> the text, too 
> small for me. I'm only on page 12.
> 
> If anyone will volunteer to help with picture descriptions,
> I can validate 
> the text in a few days.
> 
> And if no volunteers have time or the interest to take on
> these, what seem 
> to me to be demanding books, then I'd be interested in
> what what those of 
> you who can't see pictures think I should do. If enough
> of you don't think 
> it's awful for me to skip the picture descriptions and
> get on with 
> validating, then that's what I'll do, relieved of
> guilt and glad to complete 
> validating within a short time from posting this letter.
> 
> At its best my corrected vision was 20/200 but as well as I
> was able I used 
> to love art and described pictures to my students.In some
> books the pictures 
> aren't that important, but when they are, I feel a void
> leaving them out or 
> not being able to interpret them myself.
> 
> Advice and or help are welcome.
> 
> Always with love,
> 
> Lissi, suffering from over-renewal syndrome 
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