Search:

Type: Posts; User: kev67; Keyword(s):

Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.05 seconds.

  1. Replies
    18
    Views
    2,372

    I thought Anthony Powell wrote great dialogue, if...

    I thought Anthony Powell wrote great dialogue, if you're into 1930's Oxbridge talk. George Gissing used to write long, two-handed confrontations. Elizabeth Gaskell used to be great at writing...
  2. Replies
    16
    Views
    6,452

    I am over a third the way through. It's more...

    I am over a third the way through. It's more verse than prose. My copy is 930 pages long, but I think you could just read ten pages of each 100, and you would not miss much. You would get 90% of the...
  3. Replies
    3
    Views
    23,088

    The punishment that the Puritans handed out to...

    The punishment that the Puritans handed out to Hester: was it legal? Wasn't Massachusetts a British colony at the time the story was set? I think in Mediaeval times women used to get fined if they...
  4. Replies
    21
    Views
    2,693

    Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary about the plague...

    Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary about the plague that broke out in London in 1665. Most people who could moved out of the city. He stuck it out and was lucky. iirc about a sixth of the population...
  5. Replies
    3
    Views
    171

    His death was reported at length here. Not a...

    His death was reported at length here. Not a massive fan of that era of music myself, but he was a proper rock and roll star.
  6. Replies
    16
    Views
    6,452

    I am not really enjoying or understanding that...

    I am not really enjoying or understanding that much, but it is the biggest beast out there that I have not read, possibly excepting War and Peace. When I have finished it I will mount its head on the...
  7. Thread: Funeral bit

    by kev67
    Replies
    1
    Views
    99

    Funeral bit

    Some bits of Ullysses are quite good. I liked the bit about the funeral. I particularly liked the bit where one of the characters was thinking of Queen Victoria, who was in mourning for about forty...
  8. Replies
    10
    Views
    20,144

    Interesting thread. I was wondering whether I...

    Interesting thread. I was wondering whether I wouldn't be better off reading a book that explains what Ullysses was all about and why it's so good. I still want to read the actual book so I can brag...
  9. Replies
    2
    Views
    247

    I think I enjoyed it a bit more than you as I...

    I think I enjoyed it a bit more than you as I liked it all the way through. I thought the dual narrator technique worked very well. I think it is the best written of the Dickens books that I gave...
  10. I read this section in the introduction (by...

    I read this section in the introduction (by Declan Kiberd) Of Ullysses by James Joyce. I am not expecting to understand or enjoy this book, but so far I am not hating it as much as anything I have...
  11. Replies
    21
    Views
    1,678

    Christianity could have gone any number of ways....

    Christianity could have gone any number of ways. Personally I used to wonder why the creed we recited in church seemed so different from what I read in the gospels. Emperor Constantine ordered a...
  12. Replies
    21
    Views
    1,678

    I have heard of Celsus before. He was quoted in a...

    I have heard of Celsus before. He was quoted in a book about the origins of Christianity. I don't think it was by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, but someone like them. The jist of the book was...
  13. Replies
    4
    Views
    2,047

    During this lock-down I have been watching The...

    During this lock-down I have been watching The Jewel in the Crown on DVD, which I discovered was adapted from a tetralogy called The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott. I did not watch The Jewel in the Crown...
  14. Replies
    1
    Views
    258

    I am annoyed I spelt convoluted incorrectly. ...

    I am annoyed I spelt convoluted incorrectly.

    Someone else blogged about codicil.
    Apparently, this was changed a bit in the most recent TV adaption to make it a bit more understandable.

    I think...
  15. Did Dickens have a thing against French people?

    I think every major French character I have read so far in Dickens' novels has been a villain. There was Mme Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities. M. Defarge, although not as villainous as his wife, was...
  16. Replies
    1
    Views
    258

    Convulted codicil subplot

    I never really understood what the Rigaud/Blandois character was doing in this book (or in the most recent TV adaption). At long last we get to the bit where the hold he has over Mrs Clennam is...
  17. Replies
    4
    Views
    415

    One thing I do not understand: if Arthur Clennam...

    One thing I do not understand: if Arthur Clennam was dragged off o debtors' prison because Mr Merdle's joint stock bank failed with unlimited liabilities, why wasn't Pancks dragged off to prison too?...
  18. I know it is a hackneyed subject. When I see...

    I know it is a hackneyed subject. When I see lists of great American novels, I usually find I have read about half of them. I have not particularly liked most of them. Slaughterhouse 5 was good but I...
  19. Replies
    4
    Views
    415

    I would like to read this...

    I would like to read this, but I am not going to pay 20 for it.
  20. Replies
    4
    Views
    415

    Another good article...

    Another good article on John Sadleir, the model for Mr Merdle.

    I can see why Irish farmers would put their savings in a bank like the Tipperary Bank, but I am still surprised a finance manager...
  21. Replies
    4
    Views
    415

    Apparently, Dickens was thinking of the Royal...

    Apparently, Dickens was thinking of the Royal British Bank. which failed in 1856. It was a stock option bank. According to The Economist, it was "an extraordinary example of the little trouble the...
  22. Replies
    4
    Views
    415

    Arthur Clennam's business sense

    I don't know much about the financial side of running businesses, especially Victorian businesses, but there were some things I found strange about Arthur Clennam investing all of Doyce and Clennam's...
  23. Thread: William Dorrit

    by kev67
    Replies
    23
    Views
    1,925

    Actually, my booktuber critic's heroines out of...

    Actually, my booktuber critic's heroines out of Our Mutual Friend were Lizzie Hexham and Jenny Wren. Lizzie Hexham was a big, strong girl who bodily lifted her gentleman friend to safety. Jenny Wren...
  24. Which is the greatest Great American novel and why?

    I have not read them all, but for me it would either be Moby Dick or Huckleberry Finn. I think Huckleberry Finn edges it. It is like nothing else I have read, and it really came alive. It is very...
  25. On the plus side, it is still in print. I read it...

    On the plus side, it is still in print. I read it seceral years ago. I was unimpressed myself, but it was different. It had a sense of time and place. The copy I read had a very attractive cover....
Results 1 to 25 of 500
Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4