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    Burmese Days by George Orwell.

    Burmese Days by George Orwell.
  2. I wonder whether anyone has to like it to be...

    I wonder whether anyone has to like it to be great literature. The only bit that made me laugh was when one of young ladies at the dinner party said she doubted anyone really enjoyed Shakespeare, and...
  3. I don't. I read lots of other books too. I think...

    I don't. I read lots of other books too. I think the BBC's 100 best British books is actually quite an interesting list, being British myself. I just have a problem with Virginia Woolf's books being...
  4. Gawd, The Waves is number 16 on the list. At...

    Gawd, The Waves is number 16 on the list. At least there are three books before it I have not read: The Good Soldier, Clarissa and Atonement. Clarissa is about ten thousand pages long, so I would not...
  5. I read this essay...

    I read this essay again by Philip Hensher, in which he tears into Virginia Woolf. I noticed he said the works of George Meredith also make him want to vomit, with which I agree, having read The...
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    Duelling, horses and passports

    The copy of The Count of Monte Cristo that I read had no notes. I am not that bothered, but there were several things I kept wondering about:


    Quite a lot of duelling take place in French...
  7. Thread: revenge

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    revenge

    *** SPOILERS ***

    I thought it was clever the way the count repaid all his betrayers in their own coin.
    De Villefort, the state presector, was exposed as a criminal, and the father and husband of...
  8. Thread: Mercedes

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    Mercedes

    I can't help feeling the count was harsh on Mercedes. I expect she thought he was dead. You can't expect a young woman to grow old spend the rest of her life alone and in poverty just because her...
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    I am! John Clare I am yet what I am none...

    I am! John Clare


    I am yet what I am none cares or knows
    My friends forsake me like a memory lost
    I am the self consumer of my woes
    Which rise and vanish in oblivious host
    Like shades of love...
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    I can't think of too many revenge books. The only...

    I can't think of too many revenge books. The only other one is Wuthering Heights.
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    I think it's pretty clear in the English.

    I think it's pretty clear in the English.
  12. Thread: Not Guilty!?

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    Incredibly, his skeleton was found underr a car...

    Incredibly, his skeleton was found underr a car park in Leicester. He did have curvature of the spine.
  13. I am still continuing with To the Lighthouse. I...

    I am still continuing with To the Lighthouse. I am enjoying it more than Mrs Dalloway. An advantage is that it has chapters, even if some are only five lines long. I enjoy it more if I just sort of...
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    I have just taken the book to a charity shop, but...

    I have just taken the book to a charity shop, but I recently finish Hilary Spurling's biography of Anthony Powell, who wrote the Dance to the Music of Time series. Apparently, Anthony Powell worried...
  15. I saw a young woman on a train reading the book a...

    I saw a young woman on a train reading the book a couple of days ago. I dare say she'd have been turning the pages quicker if it had been Jilly Cooperr's Riders. I still can't see how number 2 in the...
  16. The next Woolf book is The Waves at Number 16....

    The next Woolf book is The Waves at Number 16. Orlando is in the top 100 somewhere. The characters in Lighthouse seem like aliens to me. Society has changed a lot in the last 90 years. At one point...
  17. I have started reading To The Lighthouse, mostly...

    I have started reading To The Lighthouse, mostly because it is the only book in the top 10 of British novels, according to the BBC survey, that I have not read yet. I want the poseur points. I...
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    I thought this was a good example of Dumas's...

    I thought this was a good example of Dumas's style and wit:

    Albert bowed to Madame Danglars, and advanced towards Madame de Villefort, whose lips opened as he approached. "I wager anything," said...
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    Chapter 68 explains what happened. Bertuccio...

    Chapter 68 explains what happened. Bertuccio bungled the job. So, it wasn't just a big plot hole.
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    The grandfather's name was M. Noirtier. I don't...

    The grandfather's name was M. Noirtier. I don't know why he does not have the same surname as his son, de Villefort.
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    Double post.

    Double post.
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    Haven't got to the suicides yet. In chapter 63...

    Haven't got to the suicides yet.

    In chapter 63 Bertuccio is mightily discombobulated because he recognises Mme Villefort, who he thought had been murdered, then recognises M. de Villefort, who he...
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    John Sutherland talks about Frankenstein's...

    John Sutherland talks about Frankenstein's monster too. He thinks Mary Shelley's experience of childbirth went into his description. For instance, the monster was yellow, as if he had jaundice....
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    Mr Hyde and the Uncanny Valley

    I read an essay in one of John Sutherland's books of puzzles in Victorian Literature about Mr Hyde's appearance. In films he is depicted as looking like a werewolf, but in the book he is described as...
  25. He did not actually say. He just wrote that the...

    He did not actually say. He just wrote that the teacher made such a thorough exposition of the book that he thought his pupils were lucky in their teacher.

    I read his essay on whether Alec...
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