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    I haven't read her for some time, but I would...

    I haven't read her for some time, but I would agree. Although her chief strength is she doesn't have the negative points of other Victorian novelists, eg George Eliot's worthiness, Dickens'...
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    I meant the entire work. I am giving it a rest...

    I meant the entire work. I am giving it a rest but I have reached half way through it all. I am on the fourth book of seven, which the classic translation tweely called Cities of the Plain. In...
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    She almost certainly didn't care for Fielding -...

    She almost certainly didn't care for Fielding - Richardson was her favourite novelist. If she thought Udolpho was corny - which she obviously did - she would not have cared for something as...
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    I'm half way through Proust whatever you like to...

    I'm half way through Proust whatever you like to call the novel. A very long book with very long sentences. I hope to finish it in the next couple of months but wonder if I'm reading it in the same...
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    I have to say it is my favourite Jane Austen...

    I have to say it is my favourite Jane Austen novel although easily her lightest. I won't give any spoilers, but you have already passed Henry sending up Mrs Radcliffe - this is a wonderful example...
  6. I liked Part 3 best. That it was the only part...

    I liked Part 3 best. That it was the only part not told by the first person narrator of the rest is probably something to do with it.

    Where can I ask questions about Proust? (I'm on the third...
  7. Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria Quartet

    I finished The Alexandria Quartet in under a fortnight, so I must have been engaged by it. Partly it was just the challenge of reading a long book. Also I was inspired to read it after reading one...
  8. The Voyage Out and The Years I believe. I...

    The Voyage Out and The Years I believe. I haven't read them.
  9. He has a point about The Waves. Dame Ivy...

    He has a point about The Waves.

    Dame Ivy should keep any reader on her toes unless they give up in despair.
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    Pretty well any.
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    Well I think she's wonderful. But do read the...

    Well I think she's wonderful.

    But do read the novels rather than watch the movies. They are completely different things. She thought she was writing contemporary novels. The movies are period...
  12. Hello Danik again ! Yes, inTo Lighthousethe ...

    Hello Danik again !

    Yes, inTo Lighthousethe or Mrs Dalloway we get fleeting experiences, but they are for characters who recur in the course of the novel and there is at least half a page devoted...
  13. Just read Jacob's Room her first experimental...

    Just read Jacob's Room her first experimental novel. I'd be glad to skip the experiment and get on to the later ones where she'd worked out her technique. We are told about the fleeting experiences...
  14. I'm in a Virginia Woolf phase. I've recently...

    I'm in a Virginia Woolf phase. I've recently re-read To the Lighthouse, Between the Acts Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and Flush. I've got Jacob's Room on the stocks. I'm not sure I like her, but I'm...
  15. It's made a difference to me. I read it in...

    It's made a difference to me. I read it in winter when the trees were bare. Once they came into leaf from mid April I've been identifying them, generally trees I've looked at for the last ten years...
  16. And there is a big difference between depression...

    And there is a big difference between depression and feeling sad or emotionally moved. I'd say depression means an inability not to feel and knowing misery as a result. I used to feel emotionally...
  17. Funny you should mention those precise three...

    Funny you should mention those precise three because I found them deeply depressing as well. Mind you I was reading The Riddle of the Sands (set just before the outbreak of World War 1) just after...
  18. Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish Bob Gilbert published Saraband.

    Bob’s wife is an Anglican parish priest in Poplar in the East End of London. Poplar is not the sort of area you associate with natural beauty: part of it is very rundown and some has been developed...
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    Nicd one Ecurb - ie the quote from that acute...

    Nicd one Ecurb - ie the quote from that acute vicar's daughter, Miss Austen.

    "I'm spiritual but not religious" implies to me lack of commitment to any specific tradition or community and probably...
  20. Olivia Manning - The Levant Trilogy - sequel to...

    Olivia Manning - The Levant Trilogy - sequel to The Balkan Trilogy. In the first three books the heroine and her impossible husband are in Romania at the start of World War 2 and escape to...
  21. There were lower clergy in Jane Austen’s day, she...

    There were lower clergy in Jane Austen’s day, she just doesn’t mention them. Henry Tilney has a curate to take the services while he is at Northanger. Henry Crawford is surprised Edmund is...
  22. There were English Jacobites and the Young...

    There were English Jacobites and the Young Pretender expected to rise joyfully in his support when he entered England. They didn't and having to as far as Derby decided to withdraw.
  23. The structure of Persuasion and the character of Mrs Smith

    Terrence (this is you)
    124 books | 5 friends
    see comment history I have just re-read Persuasion, and found myself choking as I read Captain Wentworth’s letter. It is rightly regarded as the most...
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    Like !
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    It occurs to me that there is a strong but not...

    It occurs to me that there is a strong but not immediately apparent connection between the hostility towards the play and the abolition of slavery. that is the evangelical movement as it effected...
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