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  1. The Voyage Out and The Years I believe. I...

    The Voyage Out and The Years I believe. I haven't read them.
  2. 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.
  3. Pretty well any.

    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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  17. Like !

    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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    Good luck, kev, and have fun. I’ve read all the Scott novels in my time and here is my tuppence worth.
    His first seven or so novels are set in Scotland at the periods of the social and political...
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    Lydia has become a “respectable” married woman. ...

    Lydia has become a “respectable” married woman. (There’s irony for you.) She is entertained in her parents’ home as a visitor. By contrast Maria is beyond the social pale and Mrs Norris expects...
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    Sir Thomas gives Maria the choice of not going...

    Sir Thomas gives Maria the choice of not going ahead with the marriage to Mr Rushworth, as he can see she would never respect him. She is so desperate to escape Mansfield Park and her father she is...
  22. I wouldn't say that of Benjamin Britten or...

    I wouldn't say that of Benjamin Britten or Verdi's Don Carlos or Mozart's three sex comedies. There's a cool irony in Cosi Fan Tutte of Figaro.

    For a child, the tale of Mozart's Magic Flute is a...
  23. There are very few operas that are not based on a...

    There are very few operas that are not based on a previous work, play, poem or story. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Verdi's Aida are exceptions.

    The bizarre story lines W S Gilbert provided for...
  24. Thanks for that, ecurb

    Thanks for that, ecurb
  25. The OED gives as the chief relevant definition of...

    The OED gives as the chief relevant definition of moor “Moor A piece of unenclosed waste ground; (now usually, esp. in Brit.) uncultivated ground covered with heather; a heath. Also: a tract of...
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