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About meI'm 30 and live in south-western Sydney, Australia. Thanks to LibraryThing, I'm discovering some of the great books of the world and discussing them with intelligent people.

My own heart let me have more have pity on; let
Me live to my sad self hereafter kind,
Charitable; not live this tormented mind
With this tormented mind tormenting yet.
I cast for comfort I can no more get
By groping round my comfortless, than blind
Eyes in their dark can day or thirst can find
Thirst's all-in-all in all a world of wet.

Soul, self; come, poor Jackself, I do advise
You, jaded, let be; call off thoughts awhile
Elsewhere; leave comfort root-room; let joy size
At God knows when to God knows what; whose smile
’s not wrung, see you; unforeseen times rather—as skies
Betweenpie mountains—lights a lovely mile.
. . . . . . . . . Gerard Manly Hopkins

About my libraryReflects the different stages of my life. Sheltered childhood, equally sheltered adolescence, emerging adulthood, eventual discovery of Real Literature.

My rating system is haphazard - I usually don't use it at all, because I feel that the idea of rating books is too concrete and misleading. I do mostly give my greatest favourites five stars.

Currently Reading

GroupsI became a fabulous opera, Sydney-London Book Club, Tropic of Ideas

Favorite authorsRobertson Davies, George Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Schama, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

Real nameLorena

LocationSydney, Australia

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 10, 2007

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Your review of "The Odd Women" was gorgeous.
OHMYGOD!!! You just floored me, Choco! How did you learn them so quickly?! Wow, I am amazed at your talent. And I absolutely loved your approach/insight. They are exactly how I've heard them in my head of how I think they should sound, of how I would like to play them one day; dynamics were spot on. Thank you so much for sharing. They were really beautiful. Now I've got to go back and listen to them again!
Yeah!! I'll look forward to finding out whether I am right or TRAGICALLY WRONG.
Hey choco hey choco! I've been reading this book The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen, and not only was it great (though slow at the start), but it also struck me that it might be really your kind of thing, and furthermore that the main character really reminds me of you, at least, the you that I've constructed having never met you in person or anything (so don't be offended if I'm way off! I saw Enrique just scored only middling trying to predict your favourite authors). Anyway, keeping all of that in mind, consider this a friendy recommendation nevertheless:)
did you get everything ?
Yeah that was pretty quick, huh, 'bout a week was it? Glad you're enjoying it on the good green grass.
Just not getting the Pomo thing. Tried but all the authors I've tried don't do it for me. At heart, I'm more of a fairly linear narrative guy. I can handle a little experimental but not heavy. Always happy to support my favorite down under reader
Re the picture, yeah I asked Tomcat Murr if that was him because of the "valprotini" thing. :) He wrote LOL like he does :)

Saw this quote in Peter O'Toole NYT obit this morning and knew it would amuse you...

"But in 1999 he told an interviewer that his only exercise was now “walking behind the coffins of my friends who took exercise.” His once-stormy love life appeared to be over, too. “George Eliot is my only steady girlfriend,” he said. “We go to bed together every night.”"

posted by theaelizabet at 7:23 am (EST) on Dec 16, 2013 | delete
Please do! We need your musical expertise!

Working on Mahler....
Please read Dr. Faustus with us!
Well, my daughter is close to getting The Entertainer down. And I'm close to nailing the Satie. Who knows, maybe a couple of vids to upload soon. How have you been doing, Choco?
No Rembrandts or museums this time round. Just a football match and then a city tour and a visit to Alexanderplatz.

Agree with 'Murr and Bas. A wonderful review of one of my favorite books. Thumbed, of course.
Exactly what Baz wrote. Lovely review.
Lovely review of To the Lighthouse
Dymocks, that brings back nice memories. Did you pull any confidence tricks this time?

I'm doing well thanks. Looking forward to going to Berlin over the weekend with Mathew.

How are you doing?
Your review of Independent People is so well written; it is so organized and compelling that it is literature itself. You have persuaded me to read the book. Thank you.
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