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Wednesday, 14 October 2009


When I saw this book appear on your left column, I decided that I would read it too. I spent a whole Saturday afternoon visiting libraries and bookstores (of all kinds), but could'nt fint it. The bookstores attendants didn't even know how to spell the author's name! I think I'll be giving up for this time. Stoppard is not very famous in my country, unlike Oscar Wilde or Harold Pinter.
Many years ago, I attended the play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead"; people started leaving ten minutes after the beginning, I resisted twenty minutes myself, and then I left too. I can't tell if the play is not fine, if the actors were bad or what wasn't working though.

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  • Nothing is of greater consolation to the author of a novel than the disovery of readings he had not conceived but which are then prompted by his readers. (Umberto Eco, Reflections on The Name of the Rose)
  • ... relatively few persons in London ... can afford the luxury of one or more servants. No fewer than 3,700,000 have no servants at all, and of the half million that have servants 227,000 have only one. (The Times, 6 June 1895)
  • Standing among savage scenery, the hotel offers stupendous revelations. There is a French widow in every bedroom, affording delightful prospects. (Tyrolean inn brochure, according to Gerard Hoffnung)
  • (A doctor is at an elderly relative's deathbed) "The old sawbones, eh?" he bellowed ... "Just in the nick, perhaps. Haul the old girl back by the short hairs, if you ask me. Devilish smart at his work ... Always take a fence with more confidence when I know he's out with us."
  • Too often, when a man of Monty Godkin's mental powers is plunged in thought, nothing happens at all. The machinery just whirs for a while, and that is the end of it. (P G Wodehouse, Heavy Weather)
  • ...the breed that take their pleasures as Saint Laurence took his grid (Kipling, The Five nations)

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