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  1. Meg, what a shame that our discussion seemed to you to be in any way exclusive. I think that we like to refer to people by name and jump in with comments as we go as a way to show our enthusiasm to the book we're reading, and in the hope - perhaps a misguided one - that we can in some way encourage other people to join in. Certainly nobody from BTF would have wished to create the impression which we seem to have done, and any offence given was certainly not intended.
  2. Okay, lovely, lovely, I found the lyrics/the poem which I wanted to share with you. It is a song called, "Sounds Of Then" by an Aussie group called Gangajang, and it is just so amazingly evocative. I also think any songwriter who can pen a line such as "In convoys of silence the cattle graze" is rather clever. Hope you enjoy this excerpt: "Sounds of Then" , Gangagang "I think I hear the sounds of then, And people talking, The scenes recalled, by minute movement, And songs they fall, from the backing tape. That certain texture, that certain smell, To lie in sweat, on familia
  3. Ah, "Annie's Song". Well, Meg, I've only been married 7 years, and that was the song which we had played as we walked down the aisle at the end of the ceremony, and all our guests had little bubble pipes. It was so magical, that lovely music (being played on pan pipes) and the air full of bubbles. Mmm, I think I'll have to go and watch the video now I feel so good. Thanks for mentioning that. I must go and dig out the lyrics for one of my favourite Aussie songs, not that there haven't been some wonderful lyrics/poems mentioned already. Ah, Simon and Garfunkel: "And all my dreams
  4. Okay, it's not a poem, but the words are indeed poetic, and were of course penned by a great poet. That being the case, for me there is little to compare with: Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow'd night, Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night from Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene II Oh, William, in the words of a more modern day lyricist/poet, "You take my breath away".
  5. Pete McCarthy's, "The Road to McCarthy" had me laughing out loud on the bus on my way to work. I can't imagine anyone not getting a good old belly laught out of this book. So sad to have lost such a wonderful comic talent so early.
  6. Carey's "Oscar and Lucinda" certainly gets my vote also.
  7. Oops, don't know where that idea comes from, but I'd have to say that for most Australians Banjo Patterson is best known for "The Man From Snowy River", the most wonderful, galloping-est poem concerning horses and tough high country men that you could come across, a poem which most Aussies can quote at least a few lines from. I think that there would be many, many Aussies who have no idea that he wrote "Waltzing Matilda" even though everybody knows the song.
  8. Absolutement, Madame Aemy! Over to you.
  9. Okay, a little cheeky perhaps as it's a book from my TBR list (been there for a zillion years) and not one I have a personal knowledge of, but here goes: Pierre and Conseil. Ah, I know that by the time I wake up tomorrow this "mystery" will have been solved. Night all.
  10. ... mmm ... ... That's all I want to say to you ...
  11. Hi Aemy and Ang, I’m just going through my scrawled notes, some of which of course are totally mystifying, and will attempt to put together a few comments about what I do think is a fantastic book despite the various bits that I either don’t like or don’t find believable, which really says that the good bits are, IMO, superb. As you know, I love to comment on examples of writing which I think are brilliant, and one of these appears on page 446 in my copy. It is the day when Henry is telling Jack about Dora, relating walking to work through the legs of those people who had been hanged
  12. Could it be "Great Expectations"? (Fingers crossed, and brain working overtime in case I'm right and have to pose a new one.)
  13. This really is a very interesting discussion, and was a great question to pose, Gerbam. One problem I have with "analysing" a writer's work is that it really can be viewed as a bit of an arrogance. Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote a great poem which, basically, says "Don't you dare think you understand me just because you read something I've written". I think a work of literature is like a painting, something which is totally subjective and the interpretation of which is absolutely individual. As an illustration, I can remember a wine-soaked late night conversation with a bunch of friends abou
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