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Forum: General Chat 7th Jan 2013, 15:24
Replies: 9
Views: 3,159
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Highlights of 2012

New Book of the Year Nope

Old Book of the Year David Copperfield. I laughed. I cried. I loved.

Worst Book of the Year

New Film of the Year Nope

Old Film of the Year Una Giornata...
Forum: Politics & Society 9th Apr 2012, 16:44
Replies: 7
Views: 3,048
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Racist tweets and the British legal system

Victoria Coren (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/08/victoria-coren-liam-stacey-tweets) puts it in rather better terms than I managed above.
Forum: Politics & Society 27th Mar 2012, 21:29
Replies: 7
Views: 3,048
Posted By fanshawe
Racist tweets and the British legal system

Did you read the one about the student you was jailed for a couple of racist tweets (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/27/student-jailed-fabrice-muamba-tweets)? And does anyone know how the...
Forum: Book Reviews 15th Jan 2012, 23:04
Replies: 13
Views: 2,613
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

I drafted a post about Things Fall Apart, which I'm reading for the second time in a year, but deleted it when I realised it has all been said before. Perhaps you can read the posts above and...
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Dec 2011, 15:48
Replies: 64
Views: 7,967
Posted By fanshawe
Re: David Foster Wallace

I didn't think it was terrible, but I did like the fact he was building a mad conspiracy theory. Few reviews send me back to look again at an author I thought I knew quite well, but this one did....
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Dec 2011, 15:07
Replies: 64
Views: 7,967
Posted By fanshawe
Re: David Foster Wallace

Yep. I loved it.
Forum: Book Reviews 15th Dec 2011, 15:56
Replies: 64
Views: 7,967
Posted By fanshawe
Re: David Foster Wallace

Loved that article. Great piece of criticism.
Forum: General Chat 15th Dec 2011, 14:56
Replies: 14
Views: 2,799
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Highlights of 2011

New Book of the Year
There But For The by Ali Smith beats Spurious by Lars Iyler. Felt more vital. Loved the characters. The Alan Partridge Autobiography wins best audiobook.

Old Book of the...
Forum: Book Reviews 13th Oct 2011, 13:36
Replies: 322
Views: 42,818
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Cormac McCarthy

Like Ang, I have only read The Road, which is why I haven't contributed to this debate so far. Looking at how personal the debate threatens to become, I'm hesitant to join in now. But fuck it, we're...
Forum: General Chat 9th Oct 2011, 9:52
Replies: 109
Views: 13,495
Posted By fanshawe
Re: National Poetry Day

Kjml, I am unnerved by the accuracy and generosity of your reading and can only conclude that you are a far more skilled reader of poetry than I am poet. Thank you.

You have it perfectly, even...
Forum: General Chat 7th Oct 2011, 20:41
Replies: 109
Views: 13,495
Posted By fanshawe
Re: National Poetry Day

kjml, if you feel like it, give it a bash. I wouldn't have posted it if I wasn't prepared for criticism, whether positive or negative. I've been a member of a local writer's group for a couple of...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Oct 2011, 21:10
Replies: 10
Views: 3,274
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Artur Schopenhauer: Die eristische Dialektik

Your enthusiasm is infectious, kjml. I agree with your point about the valid-invalid distinction going out of the window. There seem to be many teachers knocking about who perpetuate the view that...
Forum: General Chat 6th Oct 2011, 14:23
Replies: 109
Views: 13,495
Posted By fanshawe
Re: National Poetry Day

Hastily-scrawled poem in honour of both poetry day and trainee teachers I have known:



Trainee Teacher

Your cheek is warming up a gain.
Your lips wear spittle like the splash
Of...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Oct 2011, 12:56
Replies: 10
Views: 3,274
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Artur Schopenhauer: Die eristische Dialektik

Interesting point. What age would you recommend this kind of training, Kjml? I currently teach 16-18 year olds and we cover the use of rhetorical devices and Aristotle's three appeals in various text...
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Oct 2011, 14:39
Replies: 7
Views: 8,499
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Harry Mulisch

There's little money in translation, which is why it's so hard to find good ones from minority languages that aren't widely taught outside their native countries. So few people are actually able to...
Forum: Book Reviews 29th Sep 2011, 8:22
Replies: 7
Views: 8,499
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Harry Mulisch

Hi, Kjml.

The English translation of The Assault is notoriously bad. I once compared it to the original Dutch and found that all subtlety and tension was inexplicably lost in translation. This...
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Jul 2011, 19:17
Replies: 64
Views: 7,967
Posted By fanshawe
Re: David Foster Wallace

I read about 250 pages. I don't remember when or why I gave up, especially as I was enjoying it. I think the size of it defeated me - I wasn't totally convinced where it was going was going to...
Forum: The Book Group Discussions 28th Jul 2011, 13:11
Replies: 19
Views: 12,331
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Book 4: THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS - Arundhati Roy - discussion

I abandoned The God of Small Things after 50 pages on the principle that it was everything that gives literary fiction a bad name. Arundhati Roy, first-time novelist, was in desperate need of a...
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Jul 2011, 13:07
Replies: 64
Views: 7,967
Posted By fanshawe
Re: David Foster Wallace

Congratulations, Bill. I didn't get through it myself. You are the Pale King of Palimpsest.
Forum: Features 28th Jul 2011, 12:59
Replies: 25
Views: 21,983
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Annoying Americanisms? A rebuttal

According to etymonline.com (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=burglarize&searchmode=none), burglarize is actually the older form: first recorded use was in 1871, while burgle was first...
Forum: Book Reviews 13th Jun 2011, 13:53
Replies: 277
Views: 37,284
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Kazuo Ishiguro

Just finished Never Let Me Go. Very impressed by it. Somebody commented earlier in this thread that Ruth was one of the most irritating characters they had ever come across, a feeling I shared right...
Forum: Book Reviews 31st May 2011, 16:09
Replies: 331
Views: 39,398
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Recently Abandoned

Sorry, Lurgee, I missed this. I would be interested in your thoughts if you do attempt it. Perhaps it wasn't as bollocky as I thought.
Forum: Book Reviews 31st May 2011, 16:07
Replies: 331
Views: 39,398
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Recently Abandoned

I read it twice at university. If you make it past the point (in chapter 3, I think) where Stephen walks on the beach reflecting on the "ineluctable modality of the visible", you reach the Bloom...
Forum: Features 11th May 2011, 18:00
Replies: 5
Views: 4,185
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Lambs - Short story

Ta, kjml. Welcome to the Palimp!
Forum: Features 13th Apr 2011, 20:18
Replies: 5
Views: 4,185
Posted By fanshawe
Re: Lambs - Short story

Thank you, marracash. Did you google 'Uganda' and end up here? Welcome.
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