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    I read the John Sutherland essay. He referred to...

    I read the John Sutherland essay. He referred to a line in which Daniel's mother says Ephraim went against his conscience. I suppose that means she succeeded in stopping Daniel from being...
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    de Villefort confusion

    I am confused. In chapter XLV, The Vendetta, the Count of Monte Cristo forces his steward, Bertuccio, to describe how he killed M. de Villefort. I was a bit surprised about that, because I thought...
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    I thought Huckleberry Finn was a great book,...

    I thought Huckleberry Finn was a great book, although it has its faults. I remember when I tried to read it as a boy, I was disappointed Tom Sawyer was not in it. I did not finish it then, but when I...
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    The only author who I think was her equal at...

    The only author who I think was her equal at character portrayal and speech was Anthony Powell, who wrote the Dance to the Music of Time series. I read Ruth, who the heroine of a book of which was...
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    I have read North and South, Mary Barton,...

    I have read North and South, Mary Barton, Cranford and Ruth. They are all good. I liked North and South the most I think.It was state of the nation novel: rich vs poor, masters vs men, industry vs...
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    Why is the count pale and cold?

    I am about a third a way through the book. One thing I find a bit strange is Edmond Dantes strange transmogrification from pleasant young man to a sort of vampire. He's described as having a pale...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompey Bum View Post ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Pompey Bum View Post
    I just read The War of the Worlds. I liked it better than Kev did, perhaps because I wasn't expecting as much. But I see what you mean when you...
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    Reminds me of a book I read recently. It was...

    Reminds me of a book I read recently. It was about the Zeppelins vs British Home Defence. I didn't realise they bombed us during the First World War too. It seemed like an awful waste of resource...
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    Wells was credited with predicting the tank in...

    Wells was credited with predicting the tank in the late C19th. I read that short story (The Land Ironclads). iirc, the two sides had reached some trench warfare stalemate, when the enemy launched...
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    That's a very good post if you don't mind me...

    That's a very good post if you don't mind me saying so.

    Regarding the late 1890s and early 1900s there was a threat of impending war in the air. Germany had united, but had left it too late to...
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    The Jeff Wayne concept album

    I went and bought the LP yesterday, the one by Jeff Wayne. My father bought it in the late 70s or early 80s. There was a remake of it with Liam Nielson as the narrator a few years back, but I got the...
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    Mr Guppy is my favourite character in Bleak...

    Mr Guppy is my favourite character in Bleak House. Whenever I see him in the TV serials, he is not as I imagined him, but maybe that is because I imagine him wrong. In the 2005 series he was played...
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    I have been watching the 1959 series. I thought...

    I have been watching the 1959 series. I thought it was a little creaky at first, but now I am getting into it. This version is a lot more about Richard Carstone than the other series. The acting is...
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    Going back to the subject of the word 'bark' for...

    Going back to the subject of the word 'bark' for a moment, I have noticed it once or twice in The Count of Monte Cristo. The publisher of my copy is Barnes and Noble. I wonder if 'bark' is a word...
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    Gaskell definitely renders Mr Higgins' accent and...

    Gaskell definitely renders Mr Higgins' accent and speech patterns better than Dickens' did Stephen Blackpool's. Dickens did Mr Bounderby well though. He reminds me of a certain Mr T. I thought Hard...
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    I've read Old Wives Tales. It was a remarkable...

    I've read Old Wives Tales. It was a remarkable book, very naturalistic. It follows two sisters who grow up in a draper's shop and then go their own ways. Personally, I did not enjoy it very much, but...
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    I am not sure I'd regard myself as an expert on...

    I am not sure I'd regard myself as an expert on Victorian novels, but everything's relative. It was Great Expectations that got me into reading Victorian novels. I thought Dickens was rather stodgy...
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    It sounds like it's about illicit, probably gay,...

    It sounds like it's about illicit, probably gay, sex. I have read that the first 120 sonnets were addressed to a fair youth and the other 20 odd to a dark lady. I would have to take that on trust....
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    Try another pseudo-randomly selected sonnet: 52....

    Try another pseudo-randomly selected sonnet: 52.
    What does any of this mean?


    So am I as the rich whose blessèd key
    Can bring him to his sweet up-lockèd treasure,
    The which he...
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    You're from Boston then. Did you go to see The...

    You're from Boston then. Did you go to see The Pixies and The Throwing Muses in your youth? If not, why not? I am thinking of reading Ullyses, but I think I'll keep it for next year's homework.
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    My favourite is Great Expectations. The most...

    My favourite is Great Expectations. The most moving book I've read as an adult. Dickens' best written book was probably Bleak House.
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    He wasn't the one I was thinking of. There was an...

    He wasn't the one I was thinking of. There was an old business mogul who looked like the elder of Benny Hill's dirty old man cronies. The small one with the bald head. This business mogul married a...
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