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  1. I have begun to understand it a bit better. Maybe...

    I have begun to understand it a bit better. Maybe there people so tuned into 16th/17th century English they can pick up a book by Shakespeare and just read it. People used to reading the King James...
  2. Thread: William Dorrit

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    William Dorrit

    IMO William Dorrit, Amy Dorrit's father, is the star of this book. He is the best drawn character. He expresses himself so carefully, as if he is walking a tightrope. He has a great sense of injured...
  3. Another article...

    Another article slagging of Virginia Woolf, and the entire Bloomsbury group. I was disappointed the article was by Philip Hensher again. Surely there must be someone else who thinks she's overrated.
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    Presumably you have food delivered to you, unless...

    Presumably you have food delivered to you, unless you have a vegetable garden.

    We've been told we can only go out to buy food and necessaries (which to me includes alcohol), to exercise once a...
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  6. What is your mother tongue, Danik? I thought you...

    What is your mother tongue, Danik? I thought you were from Brazil, so spoke Portuguese.

    I think there have been some translations from Shakespeare's English to more everyday English. It seems like...
  7. Does anyone understand a Shakespeare play without studying it first?

    I started reading Othello in my project to understand and like our greatest national writer. I chose Othello because it is one I had never studied or seen performed. I think I get the jist but still...
  8. Arthur Clennam's age inappropriate love interests

    I am half way through the book. I almost regret watching the BBC series from a few years back, good as it was, because I know what happens.

    I am not a feminist, but I wondered what feminists would...
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    I'd rather eat spotted dick than a half-formed...

    I'd rather eat spotted dick than a half-formed bird embryo, dog or pulsating snake's heart. I doubt if anyone opened a restaurant over here offering those delicacies they would make much money. I am...
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    I recently bought One Hundred Years of Solitude...

    I recently bought One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I suppose Love in the Time of Cholera would have been better.

    They were talking about this on the radio several days ago....
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    Moby Dick Huckleberry Finn Middlemarch Bleak...

    Moby Dick
    Huckleberry Finn
    Middlemarch
    Bleak House
    Great Expectations
    Anna Karenina
    The Odd Women
    New Grub Street
    North and South
    Alice in Wonderland
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    I liked Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice,...

    I liked Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and The Count of Monte Cristo. I have read Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre Sense and Sensibility, Norhanger Abbey and Frankenstein, but I did not like...
  13. Thread: Clerical pay

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    I was thinking about the bit in The History of...

    I was thinking about the bit in The History of Tom Jones where the narrator draws attention to the relatively low status of the clergy at that time. Two peasants had claimed to have clergymen as...
  14. Thread: Kipps

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    Nearly finished. Some parts were good, but I...

    Nearly finished. Some parts were good, but I often did not want to read the next chapter. It is astonishing to think what a class divided country Britain was back then. It is a different planet now....
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    I think these are all the C18th books that I have...

    I think these are all the C18th books that I have read. I liked Tom Jones a lot.

    The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling - Henry Fielding (1749)
    The Travels of Humphrey Clinker - Tobias Smollet...
  16. I saw the EU was on course to becoming a United...

    I saw the EU was on course to becoming a United States of Europe. It seemed pretty clear that's what they wanted. A secondary concern was that the EU is not particularly democratic.
  17. Well I voted out. I am worried about Scotland...

    Well I voted out. I am worried about Scotland though.
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    I think you will have to start a Proust thread. I...

    I think you will have to start a Proust thread. I have not read any. My step-mother says she started to read him, but he took about five pages to describe the opening of a flower. I think I have to...
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    Here...

    Here is a fairly good article on the subject, although there are not many.

    I have sometimes found Gaskell narratorial interventions a bit clunky, but one thing I think she is brilliant at is...
  20. Thread: HoD re-read

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    HoD re-read

    I started reading The Heart of Darkness again. It is a re-read for me. I read it about 20 years ago when I was at a music festival, which is probably not the best place to read it. Towards the end I...
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    John Thorpe mentioned two books, Tom Jones and...

    John Thorpe mentioned two books, Tom Jones and The Monk. He said he didn't have much time for reading. He said there hadn't been a good book since Tom Jones, except The Monk. I would be interested to...
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    I have been considering this year's French...

    I have been considering this year's French classic, American classic and Russian classic. I think my French classic with be Stendhal's The Red and the Black. I have not decided on the Russian...
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    Why is Gaskell underrated?

    I was looking through the BBC's list of 100 greatest British novels again, checking which is the next I have not read yet (The Good Soldier as it happens). This was a list voted for by 82 non British...
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    Catherine Morland's immaturity

    I am currently reading Northanger Abbey. I have about 70 pages to go. I am slightly worried General Tilney is going to propose to Catherine Morland. I expect she ends up with his clergyman son,...
  25. Thread: Kipps

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    Half a sixpence did strike me as familiar. I did...

    Half a sixpence did strike me as familiar. I did not know it was a musical based on Kipps. I have started reading it. It is quite funny. It is not the least bit like his science fiction.
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