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About Ophelia

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    I'm a grad student and bookseller living on the Essex/London border.
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    I love reading, libraries, manuscripts, music and pottering about.
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  1. I don't think it's a bad list, I understand the accusations of conservatism but I think that makes sense given the panel. I liked the Sarah Waters, am half way through the Byatt and will definitely read Wolf Hall next. Apparently Love and Summer is wonderful, can't wait for that.
  2. Currently speeding through Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes.
  3. Heartburn by Nora Ephron The Journal of Katherine Mansfield The Hours by Michael Cunningham Short Stories by W. Somerset Maugham Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a replacement for a much missed Penguin edition that was "borrowed" and never returned.
  4. I'm only 60 pages in and I adore it, I want to make sure I enjoy every second! I'll have to hunt out the thread for it (if there is one) once I'm done.
  5. I put this back at the last minute in an effort to bring some semblance of restraint to my book buying, which today ran to: Possession by A.S. Byatt The Sea by John Banville The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
  6. Haha, I have a feeing that you are in the majority, out of the 16 people in my literature class I was the only person who didn't loathe Sebald. I'm going to have to read it again and think more carefully about why I loved it so much. Another of his, Rings of Saturn is my fail safe answer to the "what's your favourite book?" question!
  7. This is the first thread I've ever started so fingers crossed that I have put everything in the right place! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an epistolary novel in a very similar style to Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road so I suspect that if you enjoyed that then you will enjoy this. I must admit, the title was the reason I chose this as my first post-thesis read; I was desperate for something easy going and comforting but what I wasn't expecting was to fall in love with so many characters so quickly. This is the sort of charming book that you want to devour but then loiter over towards the end for fear of it being over too soon. The narrative consists of letters between a writer, Juliet, who is struggling to come to terms with post-war London and the prospect of starting a new book and other characters, such as her close friend and editor, Sidney and the eponymous Guernsey Literary Society. The epistolary relationships are speedily established and soon confidences are being exchanged about what life was like for the Islanders during the German occupation. Books are of course integral to the plot, a second hand copy of Charles Lamb is responsible for the initial introductions and there is also a gentle love story that gives the ending momentum but by no means dominates the story. The books main strengths are the way Mary Ann Shaffer was able to evoke the atmosphere of Guernsey, no mean feat considering she was an American, and of course, the wonderful characters. I'm sure that accusations of it being slightly twee in places could be partly justified, but it never becomes overly sugary. In fact it is often dark and even desperately sad in places. Thoroughly and unexpectedly enjoyable, I only wish there was more to look forward to from this writer but sadly, she died earlier this year and the manuscript of her only novel was completed by her niece. I look forward to hearing whether anyone on BGO hated this or loved it as I did.
  8. I love this book, Sebald is my favourite writer.
  9. Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is This? by Marion Meade I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley Unrecounted by W.G. Sebald and Jan Peter Tripp Selected Letters by Virginia Woolf The Mortgaged Heart by Carson McCullers And I still had change from my £20 note, a very good day.
  10. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith.
  11. Hello and welcome to both Charles Dexter Ward and hpoitevin, I look forward to seeing you about the forums.
  12. That's so odd, I was just scanning my shelves for my next read and trying to decide whether or not to start Persuasion. It is my only unread Jane Austen and I have been saving it for a special occasion!
  13. Thoroughly enjoying The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.
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