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About Jassie

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    Back to uni for me! eek
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    Reading all sorts of fiction and non fiction, Swimming, Theatre, Music, Cinema, History
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  1. A friend of mine is a member of the folio society and I sneaked a purchase via them of a silk bound edition of Jane Austen's letters.. veeery nice.. sigh.. the classic illustrated children's literature offer interests me too because I love Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac's illustrations.. and I always have to resist quite hard not to send off for them. Only lack of funds usually does.. I'll crack one day I know I will. The Jane Austen was ehem.. £35.. but fortunately for me my friend is rubbish at banking cheques and doesn't ever seemed to have done it despite my frequent reminders. Sillybilly. I also got the complete folio soc. box set of Austen novels in hardback for £10 in a second hand shop - bargin!
  2. I agree Megustaleer! I'm going to have to give WH another go, its the only one of the Bronte novels I gave up on numerous times, but I'm a great believer in giving a novel time to appeal, so maybe its time to try again. It can be my bedtime read after cramming in my text books and lectures!
  3. I think you summed up how I felt about it pretty well David, wish that I could be so eloquent... I agree with your comments particularly on Darcy and the previous posts. Colin Firth is NOT Mr Darcy. I have to say that although CF does a good job he doesn't make me swoon. Then neither did McFadyen either, it is the qualities that we find out about him, along with Lizzy, that make him attractive not the relative idea of whether he is physically handsome or not. I thought Mcfadyen portrayed the role well, given the brievity of the script for character development, especially the scene with his sister, which is one of the points at which Lizzy starts to revaluate her opinion of him further; seeing him more relaxed and well, human. It's all enjoyable nonsense...
  4. I agree, I thought it was an entertaining take and none of the actors were bad, except Mr Collins and that was just casting. Why do they persist in making him small.. (poor Tom Hollander, I've sen him in better stuff) Collins is described as a tall man in the book... I suppose its funnier in a way, but then I think tall and thin and ineffectual is just as funny as short. Wouldn't want to be heightist. It just doesn't work as a two hour film though does it, once its been done so well as a six hour adaptation. The things I did like were the boysterous Meryton public ball, brilliant - I bet it was a bit like that.. a bit of a bun fight. The acting, cinematography and costumes were good it was the script that was the let down. I thought that Keira Knightley did a credible job portraying the funloving, kind and funny aspects of the young lizzy that hadn't been done so much before and bravo to her for not doing a copy of Jennifer Elhe. There we go, never more was the statement at the end of the film truer 'based on a novel by Jane Austen'. Still, I've spent two hours in a worse way. Answers to the quiz in a few days.. glad someone answered though Cathy. Ta!
  5. A few little quiz questions on how well you all know your P&P in honour of the new film out today, which is a rapid romp with an honourary nod to the book. See which ones you know, post your answers, or not, if you like. questions are from. So you think you know Jane Austen? by John Sutherland and Deirdre Le Faye. Easy. 1) Describe with their Autstenish epithet (or characteristic mark) the five Bennet girls, in order of age 2) How old is Charlotte Lucas 3) How much does Wickham estimate that Pemberley is worth? 4) What is Sir William's favourite epithet? Slightly harder 5) What card-game do Jane and Bingley find they prefer? 6) Who is said to have 'tolerable' teeth, and by whom? 7) What is Mr Bennet's response, on learning of Wickham's elopement with his daughter? 8) What is Mr Collins's favourite recreation Even harder and occasionlly deductive 9) What is Mrs Bennet's characteristic indisposition, and what do we deduce from it? 10) Why does Lady Catherine disapprove of entails? 11) What should we read into the fact that Lydia is both the youngest and the tallest of the Bennet girls 12) Why has Mr Bingley, who has been living in London, chosen to take a house in rural Hertfordshire. Interpretive - I give you free rein! 13) What can we reconstruct of Mr and Mrs Bennet's 'back story'? 14) When Darcy makes his remark of Lizzy at the Meryton ball about being 'tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me...etc' Does he mean to be overheard? Should we perhaps assume the music momentarily stopped? Is he perhaps a little deaf? 15) Why, at Pemberley, does Elizabeth confide Lydia's elopement to Darcy? 16) Why is the proud, cultivated and snobbish Darcy the 'inseparable' friend of Bingley, a man of limited intelligence and no firmness of mind? points for witty answers!!! Go to it.
  6. This sort of listing challenges the memory a bit, going back a few years for some of these - I really should start a reading diary, but I love lists, so I thought I'd join in! 2004 - The line of Beauty, I read a few chapters of this at a friends house and didn't actually feel compelled to go out and buy it to finish reading it or even ask to borrow it, can't explain why, not my sort of thing I suppose. I preferred Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and The Master by Colm Toibin from last years list. 2003 - DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little - I thought this was interesting but try as I might I didn't enjoy it. I really struggled to like anything about the characters. I preferred Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller from that year (interested to hear they are currently filming it with Judy Dench in one of the leads and Cate Blanchett in the other, fab!!) 2002 - Yann Martel, Life of Pi, I enjoyed this, loved the prose and the unfolding story but still didn't see the religious allegories until someone pointed it out. So must have missed the point somewhat. 2000 - Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin. I really like Atwoods writing and I felt that this was definately a better winner than her most recently nominated Oxy and Crake. It was a great story but I preferred both Ishiguro's When we were orphans from this year as well as loving English Passengers by Matthew Kneale which I thought was really well written, funny and tragic with a bit of history thrown in too. 1997 - Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things. This was beautiful but I did feel it was hard to connect to the lead character because she seemed so disconnected from her own life and what was happening to her. 1995 - Pat Barker, The Ghost Road. I love the whole Regenration trilogy of Barker's. They all brought the first world war to life for me in a poetic and moving way. 1992 - Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient - Absolutely loved it! I agree megustaleer once you've read it you admire how they managed to make a film, they knew which bits to focus on to bring the story to the screen, but the book has so much more. 1990 - A S Byatt, Possession. I loved this too, I remember sitting down and reading it in a few days, finally surfacing and walking round with the characters in my head for ages afterwards. 1989 - Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day. This is just my fav of all Ishiguro's books. So much so I've read it a few times now and it just gets better every time, I see more and feel more for the main character Stevens each time - as I get older, reflecting back on life and memories change and its why I think Ishiguro's books last so well.
  7. I saw the BBC 4 P&P Revisited programme on Tuesday night, but only because I was sleeping on my sister's living room floor - I too only have council telly and even though I catch the odd BBC 4 on on other tv's and enjoy them, I'm holding out and not getting a box too, there's enough repeats and adverts on as it is. It was an quite interesting programme, showing old clips of other adaptations and remarking on how they differ and the miriad of ways P&P can be interpreted. It was just nice to see a programme about Jane Austen and her work, how sad am I.
  8. Yep I definately had that thought too Grammath and I agree, it is a selective list, but I do think these lists are good at getting people reading books they might not have known about or thought of trying before. It's quite a good advertisement (in a cynical way) of the wide variety of books and literature that Vintage publish.
  9. Here are the ones I can remember from the list. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime Time Travellers Wife One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich The Star of the Sea Name of the Rose Memoirs of a Geisha Brave New World I'm missing one I think but there is a website of all the 100 from which the 15 were selected at: Vintage Future Classics It seems to be an interesting mixture, those book groups must have had some great discussions all their lists must have varied quite a bit I bet. There are a few diary extracts on the website. I've read quite a few of these only missing out Catch 22, Atonement, Time Travellers Wife and Star of the Sea. So I can't comment on whether I think they would be future classics. I'd have put some of the others from the 100 on my top 15; they missed out Mrs Dalloway and Possession for me.
  10. I just finished this book yesterday and loved it by the end. Unlike the previous two I'd read of Ishiguro's 'Remains of the Day' and 'When We Were Orphans' it took me a while to get in to. The slow reveal of what Kath, Ruth and Tommy were and what Hailsham actually was, was a little frustrating at first. I love Ishiguro's novels and the way he explores the physicology of memories. It seems all of his books are in some way dealing with how we alter our memories to decieve ourselves. All his narrators recall their lives, telling their stories and only as the books go on is it shown that maybe what they remember and what actually happened differs or has been disorted by how they've remembered it. I thought that despite the frustrating start 'Never Let Me Go' really achieved this, I can see why its up for the Booker. At the begining I felt I was irritated because I knew something was strange about the school and its students and I was kept in the dark and expected to accept it like the students, unlike the students though I questioned this and it lead to me feeling like I was in someway being treated like a child, not trusted to be told. After I'd finished the book I felt that Ishiguro was probably going for something like this to show how maybe the students did know more than they admitted to themselves (and to the reader) by the end I thought that it was the only way they could deal with who they were and what they would had to do with their lives. I did end up wanting to know more about the other places that weren't like Hailsham, did anyone else feel that? To see if the theory of Hailsham was right even though it had been seen to fail...or made to. We met a few of these students at the cottages but not very much was really said and I wondered if this was deliberate, if Ishiguro thought that it wasn't important to know.
  11. I get very strong memories from the books I've loved, I think that's why its so hard to part with any of them and why I'll never be a good bookcrosser. Romeo and Juliet - The summer I was 17 I read that and Lorna Doone sat in my garden barely moving. Room with a View by E. M. Forster was when I'd just started college and I retreated into this book rather than face what I should have been doing. Complete works of Jane Austen during university... even though I'd read most of them before I found a complete set of all six novels in a discount book shop for £5 and by the time I'd finished uni the pages were falling out of it. I've still got it despite having many more copies now but I'll always associate Austen with that time.
  12. Maybe I should have just said insert name dropping destination where appropriate. You should know that the art in **** is actually all around.. one just needs to be in the know you know.
  13. Oh.. yeh! I'd forgotten that masterpiece.. the giant swan, lovers of Athena unite! Up there with the half naked guy holding a small baby. Of course remarking that a favourite painting doesn't happen to be in the UK but in say the Uffizi or the Metropolitan in NY just opens up the scope for not only scaling the heights of talking twaddle but dropping in a few remarks about how well travelled and cosmopolitan one is, just to compound the pretension. 'I saw this in the flesh so to speak whilst on a trip to **** and I was so moved I didn't for - ooh at least half an hour'
  14. I left a book group because of pretentious twaddle.... they told me to cut it out. One of my favourite things is evesdropping on some conversations in galleries... you can spot the ones that might be interesting.. Brian Sewell glasses held in the hand are a good indication that twaddle might be a factor in any conversation.
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