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Katia N and 11 other people liked Neil's review of Dedalus:
Dedalus by Chris McCabe
""I am being pursued by another book. I have seen a valid hero on the ramparts of the place I live in. Between the ghost of my mother and this figure in black, peace is an impossibility ... My mother stays : this physic but prolongs thy sickly days..." Read more of this review »
Katia N and 5 other people liked Paul Fulcher's review of Birthday Girl:
Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami
"“What I’m trying to tell you is this,” she said more softly, scratching an earlobe. It was a beautifully shaped earlobe. “No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That’s all.”

Murakami Ha..." Read more of this review »
Katia N and 4 other people liked Hugh's review of Now, Now, Louison:
Now, Now, Louison by Jean Frémon
"Longlisted for the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize
This is the first book I read purely because it has been included in the RofC longlist, though I had already read four of the others before the longlist was announced.

It is a fascinating poeti..." Read more of this review »
Katia N and 7 other people liked Hugh's review of Daniel Deronda:
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
"(Friday) It may take me a while to review this - I am en route to Scotland for a walking weekend and in any case I'm not sure anything I say can do it justice.

(Sunday) Daniel Deronda is Eliot's last novel, and I have wanted to read it ever since r..." Read more of this review »
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Черный монах by Anton Chekhov
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The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey
" Very interesting summary. After Michael ‘s review I took it off my list. But your review convinced me to put it back on:-) "
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
" You are probably right about YA offers. Though there are so many books more deserving imho. In terms of the experiments it is likely uncanny coinciden ...more "
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Dedalus by Chris McCabe
" Neil wrote: "As I understand it, it is a sequel set the day after - different story - with Hamlet mixed in. Only read two chapters, but I would compar ...more "
Dedalus by Chris McCabe
" Gumble's Yard wrote: "And yes absolutely this is a pastiche of a pastiche - and I think conceived and written in that intention."

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History by Elsa Morante
" What a wonderful review, Ilse! I felt a lot of mixed feelings about this novel when I've read it. It is beautifully written, but it is so sad and i co ...more "
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Philip Larkin
“I sit in my room like Miss Havisham, about whom I have been reading this week. Better the Dickens you know than the Dickens you don't know - on the whole I enjoyed it. But I should like to say something about this 'irrepressible vitality', this 'throwing a fresh handful of characters on the fire when it burns low', in fact the whole Dickens method - it strikes me as being less ebullient, creative, vital, than hectic, nervy, panic-stricken. If he were a person I should say 'You don't have to entertain me, you know. I'm quite happy just sitting here.' This jerking of your attention, with queer names, queer characters, aggressive rhythms, piling on adjectives - seems to me to betray basic insecurity in his relation with the reader. How serenely Trollope, for instance, compares. I say in all seriousness that, say what you like about Dickens as an entertainer, he cannot be considered as a real writer at all; not a real novelist. His is the garish gaslit melodramatic barn (writing that phrase makes me wonder if I'm right!) where the yokels gape: outside is the calm measureless world, where the characters of Eliot, Trollope, Austen, Hardy (most of them) and Lawrence (some of them) have their being.”
Philip Larkin, Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica

Salman Rushdie
“To understand just one life, you have to swallow the world.”
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie
“Memory's truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else's version more than his own.”
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

Philip Larkin
“When I was a child, I thought,
Casually, that solitude
Never needed to be sought.
Something everybody had,
Like nakedness, it lay at hand,
Not specially right or specially wrong,
A plentiful and obvious thing
Not at all hard to understand.

Then, after twenty, it became
At once more difficult to get
And more desired -- though all the same
More undesirable; for what
You are alone has, to achieve
The rank of fact, to be expressed
In terms of others, or it's just
A compensating make-believe.

Much better stay in company!
To love you must have someone else,
Giving requires a legatee,
Good neighbours need whole parishfuls
Of folk to do it on -- in short,
Our virtues are all social; if,
Deprived of solitude, you chafe,
It's clear you're not the virtuous sort.

Viciously, then, I lock my door.
The gas-fire breathes. The wind outside
Ushers in evening rain. Once more
Uncontradicting solitude
Supports me on its giant palm;
And like a sea-anemone
Or simple snail, there cautiously
Unfolds, emerges, what I am."

(Best Company)”
Philip Larkin, Collected Poems

Richard Flanagan
“A good book ... leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul.”
Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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