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Posted on 21 Apr 2010 16:59:45 BDT
Kathleen Hoy says:
Not necessarily my favourite quote of any book, but certainly my favourite first line:
"Most days I wish I was a British pound instead of an African girl."
(The other Hand - Chris Cleeve)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2010 17:10:23 BDT
shell says:
am not sure i get the pyschology behind that sentence kathleen? its very random?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2010 17:30:38 BDT
Kathleen Hoy says:
I suppose it is a little random out of context! It's a great start to a great book though. The line following it, if you're interested is, "Everyone would be pleased to see me coming."
Read the book - it's awesome.

Posted on 22 Apr 2010 17:46:57 BDT
shell says:
ahh, now i get

Posted on 22 Apr 2010 18:41:13 BDT
C. Mounteer says:
'Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?' (Pride and Prejudice)

'Le vrai paradis, c'est le paradis qu'on a perdu' - roughly translated as 'the true paradise is one which we have lost' from 'In Search of lost time' -Proust

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2010 18:51:44 BDT
shell says:
i also love " i am not to be trifled with"-lady catherine de burg p&p
"winking at you? winking at you? why should i be winking at my own daughter? though now you come to mention it..." mrs bennet-p&p
so many quotes...

Posted on 23 Apr 2010 18:16:32 BDT
Matteo says:
"on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." Le Petit Prince

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2010 20:35:29 BDT
shell says:
translation please matteo??? lol

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2010 20:55:35 BDT
'it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye'
i love that book

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2010 22:31:23 BDT
shell says:
lovely quote matteo and thanks for the translation sass.
to change the tone completely i've just started Cat on a hot tin roof and the opening line is...
"one of them no-neck monsters just threw hot buttered biscuits all over me so i have t' change!" lol

Posted on 23 Apr 2010 23:03:18 BDT
Raysmaxi says:
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will." - Jane Eyre.

Posted on 24 Apr 2010 09:14:20 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
I can't post it here (objectionable content) but the 'Choose life...' quote from Irvine Welsh's "Trainspotting" proves that not all good writing is 'nice'. (I could edit the f-words, but it would lose its power and make me look like 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells'.)

Posted on 24 Apr 2010 18:14:21 BDT
indeed, mrs v.c.b-f. you evidently have eclectic tastes too. there's another good rant in the "great outdoors" episode about it being rubbish being scottish & how we can't even pick a decent country to be ruled by, but again it contains objectionable content, notably the word that follows "effete" ! am intrigued to know how well you grasped the local slang in "trainspotting", so here's yr starter for 10 : can you interpret the following ? -

nash, barry, lemon, manto, potted heid, chore/chory, gadj, hank marvin, brassic, draftpak.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2010 18:29:30 BDT
Well we've already had one Cormac McCarthy quote, but this is worth mentioning, from The Road, and describes the two lead characters, a father and son, "each the other's world entire". Simple, beautiful.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2010 19:15:58 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
I had a lot of trouble with the slang Mr Dewar. In the discussion on films from novels I said it was like reading a book in a foreign language I didn't speak quite well enough. I was very impressed by the writing and I'm glad I persevered with it. ('We can't even pick a decent country to be ruled by' is another good quote from it.)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2010 19:58:13 BDT
rowat says:
But do you think that it's any harder than Shakespeare? I would have thought (as a Scot) that the proportion of unfamiliar words/language would have worked out at the about the same rate

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2010 20:21:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2010 07:03:21 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
Shakespeare is better if seen performed, then the language makes more sense. There are possibly more unfamiliar words, but my first experience of it was at school, so I got a lot of help from my English teachers and footnotes.
Some of the slang in "Trainspotting" I didn't get at all, some I could guess from the context, plus there seem to be some similarities to cockney rhyming slang.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2010 21:21:28 BDT
shell says:
mr dewar i think i got 2 from your words? gadj could be gadgie/man and is brassic as in cold? probably wrong but am curious about them

Posted on 25 Apr 2010 07:29:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2010 09:32:13 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
I didn't do your quiz G A I D, and Ms Murphy wants the answers:
nash, run away (looked it up in a dictionary of slang)
barry, rhyming slang, Barry White, ****e, may mean good or bad but I think good more often here
lemon, favour (looked it up in a dictionary of slang)
manto, no idea
potted heid, heid is head obviously, but needs context
chore/chory, don't know that one either
gadj, short for gadget possibly, but Ms Murphy's sounds better
hank marvin, rhyming slang, starving
brassic, rhyming slang, boracic lint, skint
draftpak, beer
Did I get any correct?

Posted on 25 Apr 2010 10:43:00 BDT
a very good morning to y'all. if you've awoken to the usual leaden, overcast, British sky, well, if it's any consolation, it's a beautiful morning here in southern France. from my offfice the Med. is a scant 100 metres & today it's sparkling in the sunlight; it's well-seen why the Riviera is called the Côte d'Azur in French !
ms. Murphy, with 1/2 i.e. 50%, you narrowly shade ms. Butler-finn, who scored a creditable 4/10. correct answers are as follows :
nash - to leave, decamp, "split".
barry - good ("braw" in Scots)
lemon - woman (no idea why, but suspect it's abbreviated rhyming slang)
manto - short for "mantovani". er, how shall I put this, let's say the word that precedes "craddock" of culinary fame, & by extension, woman.
potted heid - "heid" is Scots for head, as ms. v.c.b-f correctly surmised. "deid" is Scots for dead. interestingly, Cockneys say "brown bread" for dead.
chore/chory - Edinburgh slang for steal.
gadj - a guy/bloke. of Gypsy origin.
hank marvin - starvin'
brassic - abbreviated rhyming slang for skint. from what I thought was spelt "brassic lint", but you could be right ms. v.c.b-f.
draftpak - yes, it's a container of beer to take away, but also, by extension, a stout party (from shape).
it is an exceptionally well-written book, & in terms of verisimilitude, I can vouch for fact that "hardman" characters like Begbie (very well portrayed by Carlyle in the film) do exist, and that Edinburgh is not just the castle & Princes St. ; like all cities, it has its seedy, sordid, darker underside & underclass which the average tourist is totally unaware of. good film too, even if they had to cut a lot, and one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2010 16:52:07 BDT
shell says:
yaay, i got half a point, i'm happy with that considering i dont know many scottish people and have only watched t-spotting once,(its a brilliantly written film but some scenes are a little bit hard on my stomach)lol, well done ms.b-finn.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2010 17:03:15 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
Now you are just trying to make us jealous G A I D. The weather has been good here, apart from a shower early this morning, but the nearest bit of sea is far from azure in colour.
As you surmised, I have only visited Edinburgh as a tourist, so not seen it's seamier side.
I agree that it is a great film, I rented it as soon as it came out on video and encouraged my two daughters (then under eighteen) to watch it. I had already read the book of course, otherwise I would have discouraged them based on the ill-informed press comments.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2010 17:15:41 BDT
shell says:
i remember ms.b-finn watching an episode of question time i think with jeremy paxman when t-spotting had just been released and some audience member raised the issue of the film glorifying drug use! needless to say jeremy shot him down with a typical jeremy one-liner and they sat down in a the press was so down on this film and obviously failed to see that what the film was about was exactly the opposite. like i said brilliant gritty film just wish i had a stronger stomach.

Posted on 26 Apr 2010 12:05:36 BDT
Mr. K. Drage says:
"Body found floating, face down by the docks"

It's from Joe Abercrombie's "the first law" series and is the line that pops up in the head of inquisitor Glotka whenever he is thinking about his future.

Posted on 26 Apr 2010 12:23:21 BDT
Auraya says:
I love the first line of I Capture the Castle - 'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink'. It provides the first insight into this quirky family and their unusual/interesting circumstances.
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