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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Or perhaps not. Perceptive responses so far, I must say. Keep them coming Smile


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They haven't kept them coming so far.  Come on people - join the fun.  Why shouldn't you all have to feel foolish too when Gareth reveals all?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This had me puzzled. I think A is vaguely familiar, but if so , from a long time ago. I too think it is a modern(ish) attempt at an old rendering - but I liked it best: the humour, the dryness, the subject, too! I usually hate anything where a character is rendered only by an initial.

D struck me as over fussy, and again pastiche, but not so good. I read it again and liked it a bit better, but not much. I didn't know if Aquarius was a person or a dog, and it didn't go well with the name Mr Asterias.  But I thought the idea of it (the person outside) not being a servant woman as it showed too much habitual a liberty was very perceptive - maybe this is written by a woman?, though it doesn't sound like a female writer to me. In fact, none of them does. It's a bit strained in literariness, to my mind.

C seems least literary. B is odd, the short sentences and short paragrpahs too. Very modern, I'd think.  And yet I also wondered about Ronald Firbank?? No. It almost seems like a pastiche of  Gormenghast, along those lines in subject matter too.

For preference: A, B & D equal, C

For literariness: A, B, D, C too - now that I can't seem to scroll back and re-read them!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! I shall reveal all before too long, but it would be nice to have a couple more responses if possible. Equally I don't want to draw this out until everyone loses all interest.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

county_lady wrote:
I'm not ignoring these honestly - it is just that I am still thinking about them.


I've finally decided to plunge into the whirlpool of confused thought that these pieces have caused.
In reverse order
D. failed to interest me in spite of the subject matter and I blame the writing. It seems flabby - either an elderly author who has lost their touch or young and inexperienced. Either an attempt at whimsy by someone modern or like Himadri's Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde not the best of a body of work.

C. could be formulaic but I want to know more. Is the fugitive pursued by villains or the cops?  And why and what caused his flight?
In spite of the plain, straightforward writing this is the extract I enjoyed the most. Probably after 1960 but before 1990?

B. Gormenghast has been mentioned and that is exactly how I felt about this. It is not quite real  but probably an historical tale rather than from the fantasy genre. Not enough for me to judge dates but I feel it is modern.

A.  as this mentions the outbreak of WW1 it is certainly later than WW2!
The writing is unsensational, dry and educated. Maybe a fictional tale that will reveal more about the editor of those 45 journals than the author of them.

Literary  A B D C

and I prefer C A B D


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! Anyone else...?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love someone else to have a go at this, so please let me know if you're still interested and I will gladly delay, but otherwise I'll put the answers up tonight (in about 12 hours, probably).


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I only just noticed this Gareth!
I recognise A as one of my maths' teachers had an unusual habit of reading short stories by this author to the class and this particular one resulted in complaints from several parents. I won't spoil it by naming this very well-known author, but I think it dates from the early 1980s.
The humorous tone and ecclesiastical content of B made me think momentarily of Anthony Trollope, but it's not the same style and the mention of Rome indicates that it is by someone else.
C would seem to be by an American author? Not keen on this passage.
And I wondered if D is by Dorothy L. Sayers (not that I've read any of her novels!)?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hopeless at this sort of thing.

I recognised A so I won't say any more.

B puzzled me.  Is it in translation?  C I quite enjoyed.  I also feel it is American.  D I'm sure it is an author I haven't read.  It seems very elaborate.  I feel I would recognise the author if this is typical of his/her style.

Favourites:  C B D A


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, both! All other responses will be received with joy.



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