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    Silas Marner. I remember having to read this in...

    Silas Marner. I remember having to read this in high school, and how bleak and depressing I found it. :bawling: I really enjoyed George Eliot's other masterpiece, The Mill on the Floss, but not this...
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    Best character: Bertie Wooster, of course. (With...

    Best character: Bertie Wooster, of course. (With Jeeves as the runner-up) .
    Best book: The Code of the Woosters

    Best Wodehouse Destination: It all depends on your agenda . If you want to fall in...
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    I can understand your confusion. Wodehouse wrote...

    I can understand your confusion. Wodehouse wrote so much--- about 92 books, plus all his short stories and even plays! So where to begin?

    I would recommend the Jeeves series. Try any of the early...
  4. Walter. He was such a sweetie, and his death...

    Walter. He was such a sweetie, and his death illustrated how tragic and terrible war is. I also liked Rilla, of course. And the one who amused me most was Susan, a very real and down-to-earth...
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    I loved Rilla of Ingleside too. But I agree: how...

    I loved Rilla of Ingleside too. But I agree: how awful that Walter had to die! The First World War claimed so many lives, so actually L.M. Montgomery was presenting us with a fairly realistic...
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    P.G. Wodehouse may not be contemporary but he's...

    P.G. Wodehouse may not be contemporary but he's an easy read & very, very light-hearted & funny. Give him Thank You, Jeeves or Right ho, Jeeves, maybe. Or ANY Harry Potter book would do. Or try some...
  7. Thread: Forsyte Saga

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    Certainly I myself have never liked Irene, as you...

    Certainly I myself have never liked Irene, as you can gather from my previous comments about her. She's in her own little world, self-absorbed almost to the point of autism. In her youth all she...
  8. "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I...

    "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to...
  9. I was raised by a non-secular Mom and a...

    I was raised by a non-secular Mom and a more-or-less agnostic Dad. Needless to say, religion never seemed much of an issue in our family! Notwithstanding my Mom was a loving and deeply spiritual...
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    Favorite Books: Absalom, Absalom by Wm....

    Favorite Books:

    Absalom, Absalom by Wm. Faulkner
    The Sound & the Fury by Wm. Faulkner
    Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
    Very Good, Jeeves/Thank You, Jeeves/Right ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
    The...
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    'Rebecca' is one of my favorite books, and I also...

    'Rebecca' is one of my favorite books, and I also love the Hitchcock movie version. Unlike so many Hollywood films of the time, it followed the original story faithfully and was a good adaptation, I...
  12. My argument for the existence of God is...

    My argument for the existence of God is relatively simple. Plainly put: As human beings we all have universal cravings, and always for something that is potentially within our reach. If we crave it,...
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    Avalive, Congratulations, 'cause you are a real...

    Avalive,
    Congratulations, 'cause you are a real poet and damned good one. You make me see pictures and feel things, and that's what it's all about...
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    The Novel That Wouldn't End...

    Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. The unabridged version. An eighteenth-century epistolary novel. It was originally published in serial form, and Richardson deliberately padded each installment because...
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    Hi Toni, I love "Ink." You have a great mastery...

    Hi Toni,
    I love "Ink." You have a great mastery of words and imagery; I am in awe of your special abilities. Please, keep up the writing!
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    "Requiem" wrapp'd in putrid alibi he entomb'd...

    "Requiem"

    wrapp'd in putrid alibi
    he entomb'd
    has mould upon his lips
    & maggot lies devour the very essence of this lazarus

    she after twenty years
    no sleeping beauty whose poison'd apple...
  17. Poe paved the way for countless other weird...

    Poe paved the way for countless other weird writers that were to follow in his mouldy footsteps: Lord Dunsany, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, Peter...
  18. The better the book, the more need there is to do...

    The better the book, the more need there is to do a faithful, accurate adaptation. In other words, to STICK TO THE STORY. But whenever Hollywood gets its greasy hands on a classic----or even just a...
  19. I like Poe because he was morbidly obsessed with...

    I like Poe because he was morbidly obsessed with death. As is all good horror fiction, really.
    Friends often ask me WHY I like horror so much. And I always give the same answer: because it's a...
  20. Thread: Sonnet #95

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    Don't you hate when that happens? a faithless...

    Don't you hate when that happens? a faithless seducer, a heartless user, an out-and out villain, but one who's (superficially) so charming and pleasing to the eye?

    "O, what a mansion have those...
  21. Poll: As fans of PGW, we're in very good company....

    As fans of PGW, we're in very good company. Others on the list include:
    Douglas Adams, Evelyn Waugh, Hillaire Belloc, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, Alistair Cook, Isaac Asimov, Peter Cannon,...
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    Just thought of another one. In Joy in the...

    Just thought of another one. In Joy in the Morning, Boko Fittleworth wants to marry Zenobia ("Nobby") Hopwood, the ward of old Uncle Percy (Lord Worplesdon.) But just a few months previously, Boko...
  23. Thread: Forsyte Saga

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    Hi Thumbelinochka! In answer to your question...

    Hi Thumbelinochka!
    In answer to your question about The Forsyte Saga:
    It's a trilogy about an upper middle-class English family, the Forsytes, spanning the years from 1886 to 1920. The Forsytes are...
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    The less you know, the easier it is to enjoy life...

    The less you know, the easier it is to enjoy life and be happy because you aren't AWARE of so many unpleasant realities.

    The young child playing in a sand box doesn't KNOW that grandma is in the...
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    Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are two...

    Jane Eyre
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    Pride and Prejudice
    are two titles that come to mind.
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