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  1. thought it was good on the whole. A lot of the...

    thought it was good on the whole. A lot of the drunkeness and bad behaviour seemed too realistic to have been invented. I wondered where Anne Brontė witnessed it. I knew Branwell was bad, but not...
  2. Thread: Mc Ewan, Ian

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    I don't know which book you are talking about. It...

    I don't know which book you are talking about. It might be set in the past. Universities often give conditional offers. They might offer a student a place provided they get a certain number of good...
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    What do people study in English degrees?

    So what do English BA students study? What do they spend three years doing? Is it as difficult as, say, Chemistry? What can English literature graduates do that other people cannot?
  4. Thread: Waverley

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    I do wonder why Sir Walter Scott has fallen out...

    I do wonder why Sir Walter Scott has fallen out of favour. He is up there with all the other 18th Century writers. It is no surprise to me he was the world bestseller of him time. He is a superb...
  5. Thread: Waverley

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    I have been reading The English Constitution by...

    I have been reading The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot, who was a Victorian journalist and economist. I think I read somewhere that Treasury officials had to rely on him after the banking...
  6. Thread: GBH by Ted Lewes

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    GBH by Ted Lewes

    Ted Lewes wrote Jack's Return Home, which was turned into the film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. I read Jack's Return Home last year, and I thought it was good, but perhaps the film shaded it....
  7. Thread: Waverley

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    Nearly at the end. I thought Waverley and Baron...

    Nearly at the end. I thought Waverley and Baron Bradwardine got off quite lightly. Mind you, I recently read Claire Tomalin's biography of Samuel Peyps, whose heydey was in the Restoration. Various...
  8. Thread: Waverley

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    Flora MacIvor has Waverley worked out. He's a...

    Flora MacIvor has Waverley worked out. He's a strange sort of protagonist. He is not really a hero, more a witness to the heroes around him. It is mainly his curiosity that got him into trouble. He...
  9. I thought it was Moby Dick 1 : Pequod 0 I think...

    I thought it was Moby Dick 1 : Pequod 0
    I think in the film it was different. Luckily, you don't have to read the entire book to find out.
  10. I can't say I liked the book much. I did not like...

    I can't say I liked the book much. I did not like the jumping back and forward in time and the him being a captive of the space aliens; whether he was sane or insane. I don't like postmodernist...
  11. Thread: Waverley

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    I am about half way through, and one thing I've...

    I am about half way through, and one thing I've noticed is that, for all the conflict, nobody has actually been killed yet. If anyone has it was not clear. Presumably that won't keep up to the end. I...
  12. Thread: Waverley

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    This is the best bit so far. Waverley is being...

    This is the best bit so far. Waverley is being accompanied, against his will, by members of the Cameron sect, who are even stricter and more severe than presbyterians. The leader of the group is a...
  13. Thread: Waverley

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    Things are getting sticky for young Waverley, but...

    Things are getting sticky for young Waverley, but I suppose he will be alright. I am more worried about Cosmo Comyne Bradwardine and Fergus Mac-Ivor. If they take on the red coats, it won't be good...
  14. Thread: Waverley

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    I noticed some of the Scots speak proper...

    I noticed some of the Scots speak proper impenetrable Scots. The Highlanders apparently spoke both Gaelic and Scots, although I have not read any examples of Gaelic, just heard it being referred to....
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    I thought it was rather Old Testament the way...

    I thought it was rather Old Testament the way Rikki went after Nag and Nagina. He destroyed all their eggs too. He killed another, still poisonous, but less harmful snake. He's an out-and-out killer....
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    I loved The Jungle Book. I liked Kim. I like If,...

    I loved The Jungle Book. I liked Kim. I like If, but I am not too sure about his poetry. I read Rikki Tikki Tavi about a year and was taken aback with its violence. I remembered the cartoon fondly...
  17. Thread: Waverley

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    I have to say Scott is one of the most...

    I have to say Scott is one of the most painstaking writers I have come across. He really does paint a picture with a 100,000 brush strokes. Waverley seems to me like an anti-Hearts of Darkness book....
  18. Thread: Pulp fiction

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    Pulp fiction

    I am currently reading Nobody's Angel by Jack Clark, which is a Hard Case Crime publication. It is written by a taxi driver. Someone is bumping off taxi drivers, and someone else, or maybe the same...
  19. Thread: Waverley

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    Waverley

    I started reading Waverley, which strangely does not have its own subforum. I am enjoying it so far. The writing is a little dense and it moves slowly. If reading last thing at night, you are likely...
  20. Thread: Roger Scatcherd

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    I found something a bit unpleasant about the...

    I found something a bit unpleasant about the story in the end. Introducing a character just so he can die young and leave a lot of money to the heroine is not a particularly pleasant plot device. Sir...
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    I have read that Pierre Coustillas hated Paul...

    I have read that Pierre Coustillas hated Paul Delaney's biography, and wrote that there was no evidence that Gissing had syphilis.
  22. Thread: Clara Collet

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    Clara Collet was a very good friend to George...

    Clara Collet was a very good friend to George Gissing. She offered to be financially responsible for his sons if he died. She was not related to them and she was unmarried herself, so that was...
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    Yes, there are only two types of people in the...

    Yes, there are only two types of people in the world:those who have read James Joyce's Ullyses and other people. I would hate to be one of those other people.
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    I have finished it and I do feel different. I...

    I have finished it and I do feel different. I feel smug. Just don't test me on it.
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    I think some of that is printed on the cover of...

    I think some of that is printed on the cover of my copy of the book. Thirty pages into her soliloquy and she's drawn breath once.
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