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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. Sillybi
  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 h
  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
  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? Sligh
  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 migh
  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
  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 m
  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 fi
  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.
  15. He has his place...but not in my downstairs loo!
  16. It's like anything isn't it.. music, books, art... depends on the mood. The impressionists and pre raphaelites were my college phase and then what I liked just got wider, the only art I have a bit of a problem with is installation but even then its subjective and depends on the artist. Current favs would be Whistler and Freud.
  17. What painting would the public have picked if allowed to...? The one of bulldogs playing pool? or the Clown with a tear? I vote for the pool playing bulldogs myself.
  18. I read about this in the Guardian the other day, one of the columists was observing how the poll wasn't a fair reflection of what the public thought. Aparently within a few days of announcing it, the aim of the poll changed from the quest to find Britain's best-loved painting to Britain's 'greatest' painting and the public votes were whittled down to a top 10 by a panel of 'experts' rather than the one that got the most votes.. I don't think they trusted the public to vote for a good painting...hmm. Jack Vettriano was excluded straight away and then even though a Rembrant had got the most v
  19. This might be good practice for me. Fibula
  20. I read about this in the Guardian the other day, one of the columists was observing how the poll wasn't a fair reflection of what the public thought. Aparently within a few days of announcing it, the aim of the poll changed from the quest to find Britain's best-loved painting to Britain's 'greatest' painting and the public votes were whittled down to a top 10 by a panel of 'experts' rather than the one that got the most votes.. I don't think they trusted the public to vote for a good painting...hmm. Jack Vettriano was excluded straight away and then even though a Rembrant had got the most
  21. I heard something interesting about this the other day. Talking to a lady who had been to a talk given by Andrew Davies the script writer from the 1995 BBC series at the time. He mentioned he'd wanted Colin Firth to do the scene nude and it was CF himself that put the brakes on. The women in the audience all agreed that it was a typically male thing to think nude was better than tight buckskin and wet shirt! I just think although that scene has merits - it was NOT in the book and so I do have a problem with it for that reason in a purist way.
  22. Lizzie Siddal: the Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel by Lucinda Hawksley Finished it last week and if you do like this band of artists I would definately recommend it as an interesting read. It's well written, easy to read and is full of detail about Lizzie and how she fitted into the Pre Raphaelite's world. The author has researched her well and it shows I think. There was a little padding out at first to do with her early life, as I don't think much is known beyond what the census and record centers can tell, but even the footnotes are interesting snippets packed full of info. I
  23. It seems a fairly balanced result. I actually haven't read the number one though and the only other one I haven't read is the Stephen King... not a fan. The contemporary fiction choices are interesting as well, I might have wished Memoirs of a Geshia above Birdsong but I did like both of them so maybe I shouldn't quibble!
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