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  1. My brother did not apply. He was possibly clever...

    My brother did not apply. He was possibly clever enough to go there, but you have to be very, very clever to go to either Oxford or Cambridge. I am not sure you had to be quite so clever to go there...
  2. I think universities were a bit different in the...

    I think universities were a bit different in the old days. Originally I think they wee an arm of the church, and one of their main functions was training priests. For centuries in this country there...
  3. I bet I can guess which part Brian Blessed played.

    I bet I can guess which part Brian Blessed played.
  4. Not sure what the situation was like in 1906, but...

    Not sure what the situation was like in 1906, but in my brother's final year at school in 1989, a pair of twins were offered places at Oxford University conditional on getting two D grades in their A...
  5. Someone else does not think Virginia Woolf (or D....

    Someone else does not think Virginia Woolf (or D. H. Lawrence) was much good....
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    Burmese Days by George Orwell.

    Burmese Days by George Orwell.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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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