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Diane

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    I read therefore I am
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    Southampton, England
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    Reading, long walks, writing, philosophy, psycology, yoga, developing coping strategies, films
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  1. No, I don't have the fragment or the completed version. My Sanditon and Other Stories has the eponymous story (part), The Watsons (part), Lady Susan (part) plus Juvenalia, Miscellanea, Opinions, Verses and Prayers. I'll have a look for Julia Barrett's book next time I'm in Waterstone's. Thanks for this. Still enjoying Emma at the moment.
  2. While I do like buying shiny new books there are some things that might have ended up "pick it up ... not sure ... put it back ... never think of it again". I wasn't sure if I'd like Sherlock Holmes because I'm not a big crime fiction fan, but felt it was one of those things I should read. I found a complete collection in the local Oxfam book shop which I bought for £1.50 and it turned out to be a revelation. I love Sherlock Holmes tales! I also snapped up a beautiful box set of blue bound poetry collections for £7; an interesting-looking novel for 50p that comes in the "OK" bracket but I did only pay 50p for it; and found an out-of-print copy of John Wyndham's Consider Her Ways and Others which wasn't available anywhere else at the time. At the same time, my money is going to a good cause. I agree that second-hand bookshops and especially libraries are an absolutely necessary resource for those on a limited income. While there is pleasure in a new book, that is secondary gain compared to the pleasure of a good read.
  3. I wonder if that storyline about the baby was for O'Brien to finally realise how she'd fallen so far in being influenced by the abominable Thomas's viciousness into succumbing to a flaw in her own nature. I actually felt sorry for the woman when she looked herself in the face and said: "This is not who you are" or words to that effect. Not as sorry as for Robert! He's the very antithesis of the stereotypical Edwardian father. And Bates seems to act more like a father to Mary than (paradoxically, given my previous statement) Robert seems to. Roll on second series!
  4. I'm having an internet break between writing and doing some yoga. When I say writing, it isn't as grand as it sounds. I just like playing with words, seeing what comes out of my head while freewriting and using writing as a therapy tool. No high-flight ideas about writing novels! that would make a chore out of the fun.
  5. Hm, I've never thought about what mood I'm in when I choose an Austen to read. I picked up Emma because it's lively, like Northanger Abbey, without the immaturity and abominable Thorpes. Ha! What do you know! I selected Emma because I needed cheering up. I'll think about that next time. In fact, it might be interesting to consider my mood when I pick up any book. Thanks for the idea, Book-Chatter. I very often end up going through the entire collection (including Sanditon et al) one after another, and then feeling lost when I run out of Austen to read
  6. Finished The Pyrates and love the ending, not what I expected at all, and not for those who want their stories all wrapped up neatly. Awful dilemma for the hero, though
  7. Finished Pyrates and started Emma by Jane Austen
  8. **sigh!** Started reading Emma ... a-gain. The influence of the influence of Jane Austen
  9. Waiting for a headache to go. Probably not helped by staring at a computer screen but it takes my mind off the nag nag nag in my head. **edited to correct a spelling mistake**
  10. I envy MinxMinnie where she went walking! Agree with Jen that the Brazilian GP wasn't as spectacular as the Korean!! but nicely set up indeed for Abu Dhabi. I'm hoping Mark Webber wins. And I am currently listening to Metallica's S & M album (that's S for Symphonia and M for Metallica - just in case)
  11. Put on an extra jumper, Megustaleer! I hope it all goes smoothly tomorrow. I've finished procrastinating. Got nothing done. Going off to watch the Brazilian Grand Prix. Laters!
  12. I haven't seen anything here about the background to Tolkien's Middle-Earth works, so thought I'd put some in. The strictly correct term for his genre - particularly The Lord of the Rings - would be Mediaeval Romance rather than fantasy. He wrote his stories around his invention of the Elvish (and other) languages to give them somewhere to "live". He was a philologist first and foremost. This may be one reason why some people find his tales difficult, boring or otherwise not accessible. If you look into the sources for his tales (again particularly LoTR) you come across some fascinating literature. Gandalf began life in Norse Poetry as a name in a list of Dwarfs in The Song of the Sybil. And there is a Ring of Power in the Niebelungleid which in turn was taken by Wagner as the basis for his opera of the same name. I've recently heard a lady of my acquaintance exclaim: "I watched Das Rheingold a little while ago. Isn't it like Lord of the Rings?!" Out of reading the Lord of the Rings I grew a collection of Icelandic/Norse sagas which are tales both historically true and more fantasy-style, mostly based on actual characters out of the Islandnamabok. As for the films - that is not Aragorn. Someone I worked with actually insisted and believed that Aragorn went over a cliff on his horse in the book (oh lud!). And I'm still waiting for someone to make a proper adult (as in grown up) film of the books without dwarf-tossing and skate-boarding elves. (Give me strength!) However, what they got right they got really right; it's just that what they got wrong ...
  13. Shakespeare: Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, Richard II Glengarry Glenross - Mamet Mr Roberts (but I've only seen the film) - by Joshua Logan from the novel by Thomas Heggen Dr Faustus - Kit Marlowe The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster There must be others but I have to go and sort out plays from operas.
  14. I'm still deciding whether to do that or not ...
  15. I didn't realise that GH didn't think much of her own books. It seems strange because her characters seem to be drawn with so much affection. I like the bit in Frederica where that "Baluchistan Hound" (or whatever he calls it) chases the cows in - what was it? Green Park? She had a lovely comic touch.
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