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The Yellow Book – The Picture of Dorian Gray (final)

Today on Wednesday’s book excerpt we revisit for the final occasion Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. In our last encounter with Wilde’s only novel we explored Lord Henry’s enlightening views on humanity and science. The following dialogue between

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‘..I overtipped him. That made him happy’. – The Sun Also Rises

“How does one eat inside?” I asked the waiter. Inside the café was a restaurant. “Well. Very well. One eats very well.” “Good.” The last time we visited our motley crue of the ‘Lost Generation’ in Paris we amused ourselves

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Alby Mangels – Beyond World Safari (Lynn Santer)

Today we take a walk off the beaten track in Wednesday’s book quotes to look at an authorised biography of the pioneer Australian adventurer Alby Mangels. The author Lynn Santer who I was in contact with in the early 2000s

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Humanity and Seriousness – Oscar Wilde

The following dialogue adds another fascinating insight to Lord Henry’s character in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The last time, we explored Henry’s pleasure of influencing and misleading people. This week we broaden our image of Henry by

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A lady of little faith – The Brothers Karamazov

In today’s Wednesday book quote we revisit Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. In our previous encounter we delved into the subject of wickedness and how Dostoevsky makes his villains as strong, attractive and intelligent as he possibly can. The villain on

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Savvy and amusing dialogue in ‘The Sun Also Rises’ (1926)

The dialogue below is something you might expect from the very best of a Woody Allen or Larry David script yet Hemingway did it in the 1920s. Following on from last week’s reflections on Ernest Hemingway’s short declarative sentences and

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‘If in doubt, cut it out’ – Reflections on Ernest Hemingway’s writing

‘If in Doubt Cut it Out’ is an old writer’s slogan used to remind budding writers to get rid of unnecessary noise and clutter. Cutting words remains one of the hardest, yet necessary parts of writing. Even after all these

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Take a walk with James Joyce along the beach

Today in Wednesday’s book quote, we revisit A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. If you remember in our previous encounter A morning inspiration we examined Joyce’s exceptional discourse about the spirit and unfettered freedom

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‘Taking pleasure of influencing and misleading’- revisiting Oscar Wilde’s only novel.

For today’s ‘Wednesday book quote’ we revisit Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. This section examines further the mindset and personality of Lord Henry whose brash and provocative monologue Youth is the one thing worth having was discussed previously.

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‘Wickedness’ and The Brothers Karamazov

As you can tell from the excerpts below Dostoevsky makes his villains extraordinarily powerful. He makes those characters as strong, attractive and intelligent as he possibly can. Today’s book quote comes from a conversation between one of the most vile

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