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    Tan Twan Eng's The Gift of Rain is a gorgeous...

    Tan Twan Eng's The Gift of Rain is a gorgeous debut, i'd heartily recommend it.
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    That's so true. Our head of department announced...

    That's so true. Our head of department announced on the first day of the first term, "this is not a course for people who enjoy literature", and all of my friends just looked at each other as if to...
  3. Thread: Pants game

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    This above all: to thine own pants be true :nod:

    This above all: to thine own pants be true :nod:
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    I usually persevere to the bitter end, but I did...

    I usually persevere to the bitter end, but I did abandon Mansfield Park at just over halfway through because the urge to gnaw on my own limbs was becoming unbearable...
  5. Thread: Nintendo Wii

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    My friends have a Wii, I think it's great fun :D...

    My friends have a Wii, I think it's great fun :D We all like the bowling and golf, I aced the Super Hula-Hoop one :D Epic fail with the yoga exercises though, my back made the most hideous noises...
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    The House of Bernarda Alba (Coventry Belgrade) -...

    The House of Bernarda Alba (Coventry Belgrade) - made me want to kill myself ...

    RSC Othello dir. Kathryn Hunter - had some very strong individual performances, but, the whole production was a...
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    The amazing talking cat from Bulgakov's The...

    The amazing talking cat from Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita
  8. Thread: Twilight

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    Poll: I loved Twilight when I read it, I think it's the...

    I loved Twilight when I read it, I think it's the strongest of the four novels and, to be honest, I wasn't expecting the movie to be up to much (after what they did to Captain Corelli's Mandolin on...
  9. Poll: Rochester all the way :)

    Rochester all the way :)
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    Spent it with my Shakespeare complete works and a...

    Spent it with my Shakespeare complete works and a packet of hobnobs. Make of that what you will :lol:
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    I tend to divide between "good weird" and "bad...

    I tend to divide between "good weird" and "bad weird" when it comes to my books:

    Good Weird: anything by Haruki Murakami, Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Scarlett Thomas' The End of...
  12. I've found the Oxford University Press...

    I've found the Oxford University Press translations by Robert M Durling (with facing text Italian) invaluable in my work on Divina Commedia, but, they're still very new and I don't believe that...
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    I agree - while Inferno is the best known part of...

    I agree - while Inferno is the best known part of the Comedy, and it's certainly striking in terms of its imagery and subject matter, Purgatorio has always touched me more, and I find it deeply...
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    I would also love to see a cinematic adaptation...

    I would also love to see a cinematic adaptation of the Divine Comedy :)
    As far as the central characters go, I think the relationship between Dante and Virgil is very deep, and strong enough to hold...
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    Poll: First off, what a brilliant question! :D My...

    First off, what a brilliant question! :D
    My first impulse was to go with Raskolnikov but, to quote Joseph90ie, I think I could only appreciate him "from a distance", and he probably wouldn't be up...
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    It's purely a personal opinion, but... Jane...

    It's purely a personal opinion, but...
    Jane Austen
    ...
    *runs*
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    Thanks for your post! I'm actually working on...

    Thanks for your post! I'm actually working on Dante, Tasso and Ariosto, looking at the development of the epic tradition from the Graeco-Roman period to the Italian medieval and renaissance epics. I...
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    Dylan Moran :D "...and then THE CAGE COMES...

    Dylan Moran :D

    "...and then THE CAGE COMES DOWN!"
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    "First Love" Discussion

    Thought i'd try and start up a little discussion here folks :) I came across this little gem in the "Great Loves" series that Waterstones seems to be advertising a lot these days, and I was very...
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    Tasso - Gerusalemme Liberata

    Hi all,
    I'm currently reading Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata for my dissertation on Italian Renaissance Epic, and came across a reference on imdb.com to a film version, however I can't seem to find...
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    She shines in a world full of ugliness She...

    She shines in a world full of ugliness
    She matters when everything is meaningless
    Fragile, she doesn't see her beauty, she tries to get away
    Sometimes it seems like nothing seems worth saving
    I...
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    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile Within Temptation...

    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
    Within Temptation - The Truth Beneath the Rose
    Breaking Benjamin - Break My Fall
    Rise Against - Prayer of the Refugee
    Nickelback - Savin' Me
    Nightwish - Over the...
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    Ovid, i'm finding, is very witty - check out the...

    Ovid, i'm finding, is very witty - check out the Amores.
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    Gordon Ramsay :D

    Gordon Ramsay :D
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    Thanks for the info AuntShecky :D Now that...

    Thanks for the info AuntShecky :D



    Now that I can imagine :lol:
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