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  1. Poll: Sorry - this got posted twice somehow.

    Sorry - this got posted twice somehow.
  2. Poll: Thanks, Scher - I know I have not posted for some...

    Thanks, Scher - I know I have not posted for some time - I haven't really been away, just 'lurking'!

    This is one of those books I have long been nervous about tackling. It has such a reputation, a...
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    Strikes me you're a speed reader, Jack - your eye...

    Strikes me you're a speed reader, Jack - your eye moves quickly over the print, taking in several words at a time, rather than looking and possibly sub-vocalising each individual word.
    If you are...
  4. Poll: May I join the discussion, please? One of my book...

    May I join the discussion, please? One of my book groups has recently read this - I didn't finish it so retained the copy which I can keep until the end of the month.

    I have enjoyed what I have...
  5. Thread: Boris Akunin

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    I certainly wouldn't disagree about the value of...

    I certainly wouldn't disagree about the value of 'light' reading. I just wondered, given the author's nom de plume of B. Akunin, Bakunin having been one of Marx' critics and rivals. There was...
  6. Thread: Boris Akunin

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    I have enjoyed all the Erast Fandorin titles that...

    I have enjoyed all the Erast Fandorin titles that have been translated into English, though I haven't read The Diamond Chariot that you recommend. I have however ordered it - I have often wondered...
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    Is there no end to your ambitious reading plans,...

    Is there no end to your ambitious reading plans, Scher? :smile5:

    I'm never sure if I like the idea of spin-off or not - is it a form of plagiarism or is it an act of homage? I can't decide....
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    Robert Graves: Goodbye To All That (1929)...

    Robert Graves: Goodbye To All That (1929) (autobiography) and Siegfried Sassoon Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man(1928) and Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) (fictionalised semi-autobiography) would...
  9. Granted there is considerable debate about...

    Granted there is considerable debate about whether Shakespeare did indeed write The Famous History of Henry the Eight, subtitled All is True, or, if he did not write all of it, which bits he did...
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    You might enjoy Nancy Mitford - Love in a Cold...

    You might enjoy Nancy Mitford - Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love would more or less fit your requirements.

    I'd avoid M&B - and Barbara Cartland - I doubt if they will satisfy your...
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    Happy Birthday - and have a good holiday.

    Happy Birthday - and have a good holiday.
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    Welsh straightforward? Whoever told you that?...

    Welsh straightforward? Whoever told you that? They lied.

    I'm a native English speaker who has learned French, Italian and German as living languages and Latin and Old English (Anglo Saxon) as dead...
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    Should that be 'One will rule'? :smile5:

    Should that be 'One will rule'? :smile5:
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    Well, no, not really, that was deliberate - they...

    Well, no, not really, that was deliberate - they are 'stand alone' plays, huge gaps between the end of 'King John' and the beginning of 'Richard II' and a lesser but significant gap between the end...
  15. Thread: "It's" vs. "Its"

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    Oh, these Churchill anecdotes - that saying was...

    Oh, these Churchill anecdotes - that saying was supposed to have been one of the favourites of the precise Victorian nanny/governess! :smile5:
  16. When I had worked my way through most of the...

    When I had worked my way through most of the Agatha Christie list, I moved on to Ngaio Marsh but I'm not sure if her books are still in print. Then there was Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham...
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    This thread has reminded me how much I enjoyed...

    This thread has reminded me how much I enjoyed armchair adventure. I was never very bold as a youngster but I ventured far and wide via books, the Himalayas with Seven Years in Tibet, the Pacific...
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    I have found the RSC edition of the Complete...

    I have found the RSC edition of the Complete Works to be very readable - plenty of accessible notes but these are not intrusive and can be ignored if you prefer to read the text straight through...
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    Mick - have you ever seen a curlews' mating...

    Mick - have you ever seen a curlews' mating dance? I looked out of my window one spring when I lived in wild West Wales and saw three curlews strutting and prancing around, two males trying to...
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    The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan. It's...

    The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan. It's only in the very last few pages that the meaning of the title is revealed.
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    Cacian: re: Alice:There are so many...

    Cacian: re: Alice:There are so many cross-references in Alice that I am sure I have not yet understood all of them! I was not at all surprised to learn that Charles Dodgson was a professor of...
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    I'm sorry, cafolini, perhaps I didn't make myself...

    I'm sorry, cafolini, perhaps I didn't make myself clear - I meant specifically reading fiction. When did you realise when reading a story that there might be more to it than the surface narration? Of...
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    Understanding books

    At what point in your reading life did you come to understand that some books have a deeper meaning than the surface meaning of their words?

    You may not have grasped the meaning completely but...
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    MI5 can hardly be called paranoid: their job is...

    MI5 can hardly be called paranoid: their job is '....protecting the UK citizens and interests, at home and overseas, against threats to national security'. (That's taken from their open website.) The...
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    I don't think Jane Austen would ever 'smirk'. ...

    I don't think Jane Austen would ever 'smirk'.

    'Smirk' implies some sort of superior attitude and I don't think Austen ever regards herself as better than any of her characters: she has great...
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