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Lakritz



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Clotilde,
I think you're absolutely right, it should be open to everyone, not a closed group, so another forum under other things, sounds great.
I also think a rotation of moderator would be good for variation.
I know I've suggested a modus above of one person choosing three titles etc, but within appr. one week I've had only one person comment on that, which shows me that it's actually quite difficult on a forum such as this to come to a discussion and consensus on something quickly enough to keep up a momentum.
So, new suggestion: all the books that have been mentioned as contenders so far, plus any that anyone else would like to see on our pilot study book group list (shall I set as a deadline Wed, 3rd?) go on a poll (help greatly appreciated), which also needs a deadline (may I suggest Wed, 10th?).
A decision on how long readers want/need for each book also needs to be made... (could that be part of the poll?)


Thanks, Bekbeka, and I agree, Trilobyte's title sounds fabulous!
Also, welcome carsondyle - The Well of lost plots sounds intriguing.
And Sarape - can't you decide on a single Sherlock Holmes title, let's say The Hound of the Baskervlles ? (That's even available as an online read!!)
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Sarape



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started reading an edition of the complete Sherlock Holmes. I find the stories interesting on their own. But it is also topical in that we are faced with terrorists and the Sherlock-Holmes "method" is universal and helps me at least understand the mind of a detective.

Just today the Italian security agents arrested one of the suspects in the London bombings. The Italians were tipped off by the British who were monitoring this guy's cell phone calls. The stream of events and the methods the Brits and Italians used to catch him parallel those in the Sherlock-Holmes stories.

I am likely in a tiny minority of having any interest in using Sherlock Holmes as one of the books. I'd be happy if we picked one of the novels, but I don't expect others to be interested.
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carsondyle



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarape wrote:
I am likely in a tiny minority of having any interest in using Sherlock Holmes as one of the books. I'd be happy if we picked one of the novels, but I don't expect others to be interested.


Actually, The Hound of the Baskervilles is on my to-buy list. I'd second that nomination.

If we want to stick with contemporary, mainstream fiction, how about The Life of Pi?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please, Please, could you mention the name of the Author when mentioning a book's name? ( No, not of the Sherlock Holmes books)
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Sarape



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is another article in The New Yorker on line which is only available this one week. This one is on Edmund Wilson and it discusses his own writings on other authors (Proust, Joyce, Nabokov, Kafka, Mencken, Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, etc.).

Again, a very long article, but one which may give us book ideas.

www.newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/articles/050808crat_atlarge
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Da Vinci Code was written by Dan Brown.
The Life of Pi was written by Yann Martel.
The Well of Lost Plots is the third book in the Thursday Next series, written by Jasper Fforde.
Girl with a Pearl Earring was written by Tracy Chevalier.
Persuasion was written by Jane Austen, author of Emma and Pride and Prejudice.
Women in Love was written by D.H. Lawrence.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was written by John Le Carré.

I believe that includes all books mentioned on this thread without an author's name attached.

I would say that The Da Vinci Code is overrated if you're expecting great literature. For popular fiction, it's intelligent, well-written, and fast-moving. Just don't go looking for metaphors or deeper meaning.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Count me in. I would also like to suggest Amy Tan books, Pat Conroy, and the Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. Also, any Thomas Wolfe book.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure where we are at with this. Are we waiting for a list to come up and we vote for this moths read?
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Lakritz



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear, dear Barbara, I'm sure you're not alone in terms of being confused. -- (Lovely example of how difficult it is to communicate on the net...

Anyway -- I'm going to take a lead and I'm going to suggest a list we're supposed to vote on.
So, here goes, and I just sincerely hope I'm not leaving anybody out!!!


OMG and Balderdash!! I can't find my list, and I'm too inebriated to get it sorted tonight...
I'll be back tomorrow, with a list of 'members' and a list of titles to vote
on.
In the meantime, try and have a look what I've been up to without you...

http://alotonmyplate.blogspot.com
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Lakritz



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, here's the list of titles. (I'm not drawing up a list of members, not really much sense in that.)
I hope I've got everyone's suggestions, I wouldn't want anyone to feel left out. But next time round we should probably not have more than 10 suggestions and only one book per author, and only one per member... (in my humble opinion), because with a list this long we may have to vote several times...

1) Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier
2) The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
3) Salem Falls
Jodi Picoult
4) The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
5) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Le Carré
6) The Alienist
Caleb Carr
7) The Angel of Darkness
Caleb Carr
Cool The Language of Baklava: A Memoir
Diana Abu-Jaber
9) The Life of Pi
Yann Martel
10) The Well of Lost Plots
Jasper Fforde
11) Persuasion
Jane Austen
12) Women in Love
D.H. Lawrence
13) The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
Rebecca Wells
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Lakritz



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS:
See 'Book Club Vote'
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