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    I write a bit, read as much as possible, and like classical music
  1. I can't say I was too thrilled by it to be honest, but it's the first in the series, and am quite happy to give it another go. Almost if only for Nick and Margaret though! I think they have to do their silly 'I'm the best, etc, etc' pieces, and I believe that they are picked because they will make interesting viewing, not necessarily because they're great people, or great business people. It's just like any 'reality' TV show, they are picked because they'll make an interesting mix, and probably because they are likely to fight with one another, and not get along. I suppose the idea is that if they were actually all decent people, who got along, it would be rather boring to watch. Personally though, I'd like to see something go really well for once.
  2. Huge apologies if this isn't the right area of the forum! I'm a big fan of reading literature from other countries and cultures. But I don't even have a basic knowledge of French, or any other foreign language, so of course I have to read translations. Some people believe that you should not bother reading a book unless you can read it in the language that the author wrote it in, as you will not necessarily be reaidng it as the author intended, and messages, language and imagery can to a certain extent be lost in translation. Anyone agree with this point of view? I can definitely see where it's coming from, but personally don't want to miss out on what I can get from a translated book, because I don't have time (or necessarily the inclination!) to learn Russian for instance. Anyone got any views for or against only reading literature in languages you can understand?
  3. I stumbled across this book in the library a few weeks ago, and have been hooked ever since! Described as 'encapsulation in luxurious detail the phenomenon of consumer society', this is a brilliant book, with stunning imagery and descriptions. It is about Denise, a young woman who moves to Paris with her two younger brothers, orphaned and seeking work, from the provinces, and how her fate becomes embroiled with that of the 'Bonheur des Dames', a clothing shop and haberdashery. May not sound thrilling, but you can have my word that I've so far found this book to be really exciting, insightful and thoroughly interesting, I'd recommend it to anyone, particularly of course anyone interested in that era, or 'consumerism'. I'd read quite a bit about Emile Zola before, but mostly only biographical, about his friendship with Cezanne, and this is the first book of his I've read (there are loads more which I intend to read also, having read this one). I'm finding that he completely lives us to his reputation as the 'foremost representative of the Naturalist school'.
  4. Sounds random, and I have to say it's not a type of book I've ever bought before. But I do have an odd obsession with NZ, and am interested in modern NZ music at the least. Would you think it's something that would interest me, or would I have to have a knowledge of the musicians included?
  5. I've been an avid reader pretty much since I grasped the concept (apparently it took a while!). And I've read lots through my teenager years, which technically I'm still in. I agree that one of the reasons you don't see so many youngsters in bookshops is because they don't have much disposable cash. We've got a huge number of books in my house, and I can still find loads of things I haven't read yet but want to, so in that sense I don't really need to go looking for books. If there's something specific I want, I'll look in the library, and THEN I'll go to the bookshop if they don't have it. Especially with modern books, because I tend to have no idea how much I like them, so I'm not willing to spend my hard earned 'pocket money' on them. But if it's something I know I'll really like the bookshop is the first choice (recently treated myself to Alan Bennett's 'Telling Tales'). But, all that said, I do hang round in bookshops a lot still!
  6. A film?! That could go terribly wrong. Oh dear. I always liked the original black and white one myself. Oh well, we can only hope they get it right! Do you know who's cast in it yet?
  7. First started hearing about this book after I learnt Paramore did a song for the soundtrack to the movie. So I've learnt about it in a kind of random way, but so many people have been praising it I was wondering if I should give it a go. To be honest, I tend to steer clear of most teenage fiction, I tend to find that the quality of the writing is a bit lacking, and gets on my nerves. Having said that, I was addicted to the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. So maybe, despite the fact that it doesn't seem to have got a glowing report on here, I might try reading it. Only if it's in the library though, I couldn't be bothered to buy it!
  8. I'm exactly the same, Minxminnie, I have a bit of a fascination with them as well. They're just such an interesting family, I personally would like to know more about Tom as well, who apparently was very close to Diana. I'd love to read their letters, particularly those of Nancy and Evelyn Waugh. Such a witty bunch.
  9. I'd have liked to read it for GCSE, (I did To Kill A Mockingbird, not Lord of the Flies, and am now doing Wuthering Heights for English Lit.), but Lord of the Flies is great too!
  10. Hmm, don't think so, it might still be edited a bit but I have definitely read Lilliput and Brobdingnag, as well as the Houyhnhnms part. I remember it being a rather appealing idea, being a horse lover. Will go back and read it some time, I think I'd probably notice more this time round.
  11. I read this book a while ago after finding it in the library. It's a really fascinating read. It charts the life of Diana Mitford (later Mosley), one of the six famous (or infamous) Mitford sisters, including her friendship with Hitler and her marriage to the Fascist leader Oswald Mosley. I knew of her before I read the book, and knew a reasonable about Oswald Mosley, and indeed the friendship of Diana and her sister Unity to Hitler, but I still felt I gained an aweful lot from this book. It manages to be objective well, and tells a lot about the less well known periods of her life. Dalley also provides good background, she tells us about the Mitford family and some of their history, and also gives us indepth detail about Oswald Mosley and his campaign, in fact at some points it seems to be more about him than her. The book was written after talks with Diana herself, and I believe she did not want it to be published before her death. I would recommend it to any one who wants to know more about the period, and particularly Diana.
  12. When will they learn that good books shoudl just be left alone?! I too didn't much like GT to start off with, and abandoned. But a while later I picked it up again and really got into it. It seems to be one that I would get more out of again if I re-read it. However, I was reading the Penguin Childrens' Classics edition, is this a bad one to go with?
  13. In which Sam Neill also had a role. Haven't seen it.
  14. Really random way of coming to like them, but I did after hearing their one of their albums which was given away free in the Sunday Times. New they existed, but didn't know much of their stuff before then, but now I really like it, and want to hear more.
  15. Yeah, I wouldn't recommend men to imagine that we're all easily fitted into either a Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, or Charlotte, but I don't actually know any men that watch it, so I think we're safe. I love the series, only got into it recently. I treat it the same way as I treat a good chick flick, it's basically mostly silly, and some of Carrie's 'And I got to thinking' moments make me laugh out loud, but it's mostly just harmless fun. Completely agree about Cynthia Nixon, she's brilliant. Didn't see Law and Order, but did see her in Amadeus. Yeah, she's blonde in reality.
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