- member since January 29, 2008
ophelia’s last login was Wednesday, June 3, 2009.
My dear Lady de Montfort,
We haven't had an extended conversation yet -- not even at Manleigh, usually so conducive to gossip -- and you shall think me most dreadfully presumptuous. I saw you'd voted for just two books -- Vanity Fair and The Woman in White. Now Tinky did ask for give, and I am trying to spread propoganda so...do you think you'd like to read Charlotte Bronte's Villette? Your other votes, too, are for Victorian novels, so I am reassured on that score. You don't seem to have Jane Eyre on your shelves, but I spy Wuthering Heights there. Really, my pestering influence aside, consider it! You have three votes to spare and Villette is such a brilliant novel. I've babbled extensively about it on the voting thread -- have a look if you like.
I see North and South on your shelf. I haven't read any Elizabeth Gaskell apart from Cranford and some of the stories. I ought to try it.
On the warpath and past the point of trepidation,
Sir Magnus Ramping-Fumitory.
Hello Ophelia... what a lovely Shakesperean name! Sorry to have not replied earlier - my work was keeping me more busy than I would have liked!
Its great to see Michner on your shelf and your shelf reminded me to add Lord of the Flies! I am DEF reading Regards of a Dead Princess thats on your shelf. May I recommend "stolen lives" to you? I think you will enjoy it.
Pakistani literature is extremely extremely rich and I definitely recommend any translation of any Pakistani author that you can lay your hands on. There are compendiums of Pakistani short stories translated in English that you will enjoy. If you like reading poetry, I would recommend "faiz" as he has been translated by many in English.
Of late a lot of Pakistani authors are writing in English and getting a lot of recognition abroad, the latest being "the case of exploding mangoes". Mohsin Hamid is another well-known author as is Kamila Shamsie.
So why did I rate Benazir's book 1 star? I guess because for me it did not have a lot of "literary" value. Also, water is best known by the fish... hence I guess it did not offer me any novelty value either.
I have not read anything by French authors (though Ive seen a few French Films and I love French cuisine) :)
I seem to have misplaced your note to me and hence am responding to whatever I can remember from your post. Sorry if I missed something out and my apologies for the late reply. Would love to hear from you again.
Hi! I just wanted to stop by and invite you to come and check out my group called Across the pond. It's a great group of great Shelfarians who love to chat about everything from the UK (literature, culture, traditions, etc). We would love to have you join us if you think it would be your cup of tea! Hope to see you there! Thanks for your time!
Yeah...Literacy rate in Kerala is around 90%. Infant mortality rate is less. Birth rate and death rate is less when compared to all other Indian states . And lately one of the districts in Kerala was declared as 100% computer literate:)) Keralites are more right conscious people. I think the main reason is the politics. We have two parties. One is Indian national congress and the other is Communist Party. Kerala is one the few states in world, where communist party are democratically elected in a parliamentary election :)- Both the congress and communist party comes to power alternatively.
Sorry for this delay in replying to your note. My parents came from Kerala 3 weeks back, so I have less time for myself. My reading and replying for mails have now taken back seat. I am practically reading nothing nowadays except for a few Pregnancy books :)-
Do take care.
Hello, Lady O. Do stick with "Possession" - I don't think you'll regret it. I am heartily enjoying "The Woman in White" and all the grotesque villains on hand to spice up the pot Yes, Uncle Farleigh is quite a wonderful character!
"The Metrop" is stolen from Wodehouse, and it's short for "The Metropolis" meaning London, although I live in the U.S. counterpart. "Se" is what shows up when you don't select a country, and I prefer to be anonymous.
Thank you for your friendship request which I gladly accept. We do seem to share an interest in cultures other than our own. I have enjoyed many books, novels and non-fiction, on several different cultures and just now I am delving into aboriginal Canadian history which is as diverse as the Canadian landscape. I don't think I will have time in the immediate future to re-read A Suitable Boy, but will follow any discussions with great interest.
I'd be happy to join the discussion group on Seth's The Suitable Boy. I did read the book quite a long time ago though but I can dip into it again. I used to work in Delhi in the publishing industry in the 1980s and I still remember when Seth's manuscript was submitted for publishing. I worked in academic publishing but there was much talk in the trade about this massive MS and speculation about whether it would be published as a whole (in which case....who on earth would read such a lengthy tome?!) or broken up into two parts. Of course, we all know what happened.