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Hi everyone,

I'd be so grateful if anyone clarify the following underlined parts for me.

"Having snatched a bit of life back, I had to do something with it. My daughter Emma gave me War and Peace, and I loved it so much. Then it hit me: I hadn't read it at all, I'd only read a translation, and I so longed to read the factual words. A marvelous elderly Russian lady taught me the basics and I enrolled in the Russian language degree course at the university of London. People talk about "the time of their lives." Well, that was mine. Don't let anyone tell you your memory goes with age. It's there if you want it enough.Gradually I forced it into action-it was such an exhilarating experience. Oh, the joy of learning!"

Regards,

Iman
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imantaghaviHaving snatched a bit of life back
Context dependent. The author has apparently had some setback and has now recovered somewhat.
imantaghaviit hit me
I suddenly had a realization. / I realized something. / Some formerly unclear thought suddenly became clear.
imantaghaviI so longed to read the factual words
Should be: "actual words", not "factual".

I was fervently eager to read the words that were really written by the author (the Russian words, in this case).

CJ
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Hi CJ,

YES. You are absolutely correct.That is "actual" not "factual".
And thanks for your help,

Iman
imantaghaviHi everyone,
I'd be so grateful if anyone clarify the following underlined parts for me.
"Having snatched a bit of life back, I had to do something with it. My daughter Emma gave me War and Peace, and I loved it so much. Then it hit me: I hadn't read it at all, I'd only read a translation, and I so longed to read the factual words. A marvelous elderly Russian lady taught me the basics and I enrolled in the Russian language degree course at the university of London. People talk about "the time of their lives." Well, that was mine. Don't let anyone tell you your memory goes with age. It's there if you want it enough.Gradually I forced it into action-it was such an exhilarating experience. Oh, the joy of learning!"
Regards,
Iman

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imantaghaviuniversity of London

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