Connie Willis Message Board
Firedog 1776 posts on 11/9/2005 5:44:33 AM
Have read the book recently and have enjoyed it as I have all the other works I have read so far.
Just a foot note on the Bellwether and that is; Yes, it is the leader of the flock and was usually marked by wearing a Bell, however in the book a mention of this sheep being a bit more aggressive or sucessful in breeding is not so...A "Wether" is a castrated male sheep and thus is not concerned with propagating the species.
The Bellwether function can, and is, sometimes performed by a Goat, especially at an abattoir where the goat is used to lead the sheep calmly to slaughter, bringing up the name "Judas Goat".
Cheers from Australia.
klaus the maus posts on 3/15/2005 12:51:40 PM
THIS IS MY BOARD NOW!!!!!!! HA HA HEEPA TORTURE!!!!!!!!!!
PJ posts on 3/15/2005 12:26:33 PM
Have you finished by now? I hope so, and I hope you enjoyed the book as much as I did. It really is a stunner!
Dave posts on 2/15/2005 11:10:27 AM
I have just reached the half way point of PASSAGE. I read avidly and enjoyed a great deal, THE DOMESDAY BOOK. To start with I found the actual story length of PASSAGE daunting, but certainly very glad I started out on the journey. Yes, I am hooked on the story. Right from the early stages I have been filled with a sense of unease, that (of course)something 'awful' is going to occur. Now, as I say, half way through, this feeling has now increased, the suspense is building and I am living out every piece of conversation that occurs between Joanna and the other characters she meets, just in case it may reveal what the immediate future will hold for her.
Happy Reader. :-)
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