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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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  9. 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,...
  14. 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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    Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens - bought six...

    Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens - bought six Dickens volumes for 10, how good is that!
    Dr Thorne, Anthony Trollope - 3rd in the Barchester series
    The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorn - American...
  16. I have started reading Northanger Abbey by Jane...

    I have started reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I have not got it with me, but I reached the point where Mr Thorpe and Catherine Morland talk about books. Mr Thorpe says he has better things...
  17. I started reading Woolf's defeated rival, Ivy...

    I started reading Woolf's defeated rival, Ivy Compton Burnett's book, 'Manservant and Maidservant'. I wish I hadn't. It is nearly all dialogue. It's mainly about five children and their stingy,...
  18. Thread: Mr & Miss Thorne

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    Mr & Miss Thorne

    I have to say I was a little disappointed with Barchester Towers. I think I will have to judge it as a series as a whole.

    The characters I liked best were Squire Thorne and his sister. They seemed...
  19. Thread: Clerical pay

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    Another weird thing is that senior church...

    Another weird thing is that senior church positions, like bishop and dean, were appointed by the government. I thought the Church of England's internal government was called the synod and assumed...
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    inflation

    There was not much inflation in the nineteenth century. I think prices may have been higher during the Napoleonic Wars because of the difficulties of doing trade. All the same, productivity and GDP...
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    I read it in 2018. I have to say I found it a...

    I read it in 2018. I have to say I found it a real slog. There were good bits in it. I thought the third part was the best. It was rather John Le Carre, that part. The writing in other parts was...
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    Clerical pay

    19th century economics often intrigues me. I often wonder how Anglican clergy were justified in being paid so much money. I do not think every Church of England vicar was paid much, but those in...
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    Things are not progressing as I expected, which...

    Things are not progressing as I expected, which is a good thing. The Low Church faction has fallen out with each other.
    This is quite a political book. There are not many political fiction books,...
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    The last film I saw at the cinema was Joker,...

    The last film I saw at the cinema was Joker, which was not bad, actually.
    The last film I saw was on YouTube was Dredd, the 2012 version. Not bad, not as good as Joker, but a lot better than the...
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    High church vs low church bust up

    Just started the second volume in which Mr Arabin, the new vicar, is introduced. Apparently he's a fire-eater, and so high church that he nearly became a Roman Catholic. I guess he is going to take...
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