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#1936 hobglobin

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:56 PM

flush away all your ideas so far, they're wrong Posted Image . Ship is the only good so far Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 02:46 PM

Ship fever by Barrett ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 01:49 AM

still no...think broader (in the truest sense of the word) and more historical...ships (mostly famous ones) are just a peg
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:53 AM

Huh, 4 days have passed and no new guess ? Posted Image I've got to admit that I have no new idea either... We need more clues !

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:23 AM

well that's your problem, usually i don't give clues without guesses Posted Image
well to quote a modified Flaubert: you seem to lack talent which is a long patience, and originality which is an effort of will and intense observation.Posted Image
And there is one clue in it: Flaubert who is connected to the author somehow (and the quote was just a tease)
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:39 AM

Flauberts parrot by Barnes ?

And are you suggesting I lack the qualities most essential for an aspiring scientist ? ;)

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Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:51 AM

well it was a tease and I meant more searching in literature here Posted Image
anyway the author is correct, the book not
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:14 AM

Cross channel ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:18 AM

still no...think of ships, a cluster of short stories and history a topic...
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:33 AM

History if the World in 10, 5 chapters ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

yes finally..."A History of the World in 10½ Chapters"...it was from the first chapter were woodworms as stowaways on Noah's Ark are the main characters...
surely not the best and most well-known novel of Barnes (which is I guess Flaubert's Parrot, therefore I tried to use him as clue finally) and I really didn't like it, but the only book of him I could find in English...Posted Image
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One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:34 AM

18th century, not english:

On this very 2nd of October he had dismissed James Forster, because that luckless youth had brought him shaving-water at eighty-four degrees Fahrenheit instead of eighty-six.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:43 AM

first I thought of Verne, but he's 19th century...so I go with Jacques the Fatalist by Diderot
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:56 AM

oops, my mistake: it's really 19th century !

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1950 hobglobin

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 09:32 AM

oops, my mistake: it's really 19th century !


well then Jules Verne is surely right Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.




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