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Suggestions:November 2008 Book of the Month

Discussion in 'Suggestions and Voting Archive' started by Libra, Jun 30, 2008.

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  1. Robert

    Robert Active Member

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    Don't change for me, Libra. I love you despite your obvious perfection.
     
  2. Libra

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    Thank you Robert.:flowers:

    I can write a book on why I am like that.:lol:

    (only vodka helps sometimes)jk
     
  3. Silvanous

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    Here are mine in no particular order...

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    The Madwoman in the Attic
    Wuthering Heights
    Pride and Prejudice
    Frankenstein
     
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    I definitely will be and I know irishclover will be as well :)
     
  5. Libra

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    That's great, what are your choices?:)
     
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    The Hand Maid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Waves by Virginia Woolf
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
     
  7. TheOneCalledZed

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    Newby speaks up for "something new"

    I have read and enjoyed almost all (actually, I think, all of the suggestions I've seen. Further, over years I have probably discussed a lot of them with a lot of people. How about trying something new? Alice Fulton is a major American poet who has turned her hand, wonderfully, to fiction. Her "connected stories" collection, "The Nightingales Of Troy" came out a couple of months ago and I just read it. I will be reading it again, then setting it aside for regular re-reading, it's that good. My "regular re-reading" shelf includes several of the works on the suggestion list, books by Cather, Denison, Woolf, etc., and Fulton will join them.
    A discussion of a new-ish book brings out the originality in the forum, because everyone's ideas are equal and there are no (or few) precedents, no conventional wisdom. Any takers?
     
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    A sound point Zed and one not to be taken lightly in that the 'classics' do tend to get reviewed/discussed more often however the great concept of this forum is that we take a look at all suggestions and vote for the book that everyone would most enjoy reading and discussing as a group. So perhaps even if a 'classic' is voted for November, based upon your comments I for one would enjoy your thoughts having had considerable time to review and discuss with many others outside this forum. I personally get the most enjoyment from this forum upon hearing other's thoughts on the book besides my own.

    I look forward to your input... Have you read Embers? We have a dialog happening for July right now. I'm still only half-way through the book myself however not a book I would have read without having joined this forum.
     
  9. Libra

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    Any suggestions are apreciated. I have read books that I didn't have an idea about because of suggestions and reviews made by members. So, any titles you want to mention would be great.:)

    and by the way, is the 2 out 5 stars about you suggestion?:)
     
  10. TheOneCalledZed

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    Mea culpa, ad astra aspera

    Sorry, Libra, I am so newbie that I did not actually mean to add any emoticon or star-rating to my post. Somewhere between hunt and peck there was a mouse flub that put up the doodad. I will attempt to edit it out.
    I look forward to joining the discussions, as they say, going forward.
     
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    I was just teasing you, that's all.:)
     
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  13. Robert

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    That's a great choice if you get enough people to join in. It would probably take the average reader a few weeks to get through it, but it would be worth while because there is much to discuss.

    The only problem is that everyone has agreed to have a female author for November, so Thomas Mann will have to wait another month or so.
     
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    Hi, I haven't participated yet in the book discussion but am looking forward to participating. I wasn't familiar with this month's book and did not have a copy of it so decided to wait til the next one. This book group is definately on my "to do" list. I have wanted to find something like this for a long time. :innocent:
     
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    Sorry, I didn't know it was decided to be a female author. I should have read the thread carefuller :lol:

    Anyway it's great to know someone else would like to discuss The Magic Mountain :) It may seem a tedious book in the beginning, like a simple narrative of a time spent in a hospital and its repetitive routine. But, in my case, when I finished reading it I had then realized that all the apparently trivial scenes narrated in details have a major meaning, a meaning that is generally not clear, what makes the book fun and interesting and entails a discussion. Yeah, I think it would be really pleasant, there are meanings only a discussion can bring out. I only realized I liked this book when I finished reading its first half because that's when I realized the “hidden” meaning behind the dialogs, scenarios and characters. But all this signification requires a nice discussion to be better understood. Also, different readers may understand it differently. Very interesting.
     
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    If I remember right, then you were starting that book about the time I was finishing. There were some philosophical discussions that I thought were a little tedious, but that's just me. There is a lot of material for discussion if we had enough interest.
     
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    I have lost my place, what are we doing?

    Has everyone picked the 5 choices?:D
     
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    Good thinking, Libra. We are closing in on the end of the month.

    I'm still hoping for Uncle Tom's Cabin or The Mill on the Floss.

     
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    We had said that we were going to talk about Uncle Tom's Cabin ourselves, maybe it will get picked and we can all discuss it.:D
     
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    Yeah, but of course that never materialized. Lets see what everybody else wants to do.
     
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