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Old 11-12-2006, 01:32 PM   #1
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Book Club!

Inspired by this post:

I was wondering if anyone had any interest in an internet book club. Lets erase that connotation of the elderly, sitting about, droning on about “emotional complexity”, waiting for Oprah to announce the next book they wont read because they didn’t have time, had to watch the kids, or because they “remembered it really clearly from their college days”.

Lets do it with some style.

How about this.

Lets pool some options in this thread, get some ideas, build up a bank of books for now and the future. Then when we choose a book, I will open up a new thread for discussion. We will have a strict no spoiler policy, limit discussion perhaps to a set number of pages per week, and just have a good time discussing some good or not so good lit.

I have access to an extensive University library, so I can probably pull up some crit, out side resources’ and info to get us going on the book.

Now I would strongly suggest we start slow. Take it easy with a shorter book. Still I want what we read to have some punch, to fire up some discussion.

I think the ideal book would be Heart of Darkness. A short novella with big themes. We can pull in a movie component. Available on the internet.

What are your thoughts?

Books to recommend?

Interested in the project?

Have any ideas for the group?

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Old 11-12-2006, 01:38 PM   #2
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sounds like a nice idea.

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Old 11-12-2006, 01:42 PM   #3
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It's a good idea. I have a ton of books that I still need to read or can recommend to people.
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Old 11-12-2006, 01:56 PM   #4
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I think it’s a great idea. You can get it for under $5 on Amazon, we should try to pick fairly cheep books, so if people don’t want to have to visit that local building that lends you books for two weeks and only charges 5 cents a day if you are late getting it back, they won’t have to spend too much money to get it.

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Dr. Jykll and Mr. Hyde would fall in this category too. As would The Pearl, Mrs Dalloway and Billy Budd. Just to get some suggestions going.
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:02 PM   #6
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Old 11-12-2006, 03:16 PM   #7
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Great idea, just finished Billy Budd in Lit class. It was pretty good. I thinks that my favorite classic would have to be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:18 PM   #8
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I think this is a great idea!
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:00 PM   #9
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omg what a sweet idea!!!!!

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Old 11-13-2006, 09:07 PM   #10
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I think it's a great idea as well... I'm always in need of new books to read and never can decide what to get

and if you're super cheap like I am (and in the US, I suppose), you can usually get books used on for a dollar or less
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:14 PM   #11
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I love this idea.

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson Mccullers would be a good one.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:16 PM   #12
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Sounds cool. I'd be willing to give it a shot, but I don't get much time to read, so I don't know how active I'd be.

I'd recommend Turn of the Screw. Short, not too difficult to sludge through (unlike Heart of Darkness - that book drives me up a wall) and very cool from a conceptual point of view.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:28 PM   #13
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I don´t speak english but if you do this club I´m gonna be visiting to read comments and if that week I can get the book then I´ll post my comments too, this is a good way to learn more about your languaje

PD. We should save the link for this thread in favourites
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Old 11-14-2006, 02:39 AM   #14
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Ok, I am guessing Heart of Darkness is out. Those other suggestions sound good but I would like to stick in to a vein of classic noterity when it comes to the first few books we do, its just more likely people will have them on shelves and will join in.

The Pearl?
The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde?
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:32 AM   #15
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my recommendations are:
the once and future king (EASY read)
the name of the rose
stranger in a strange land
anna karenina

these are all very cheap at a used bookstore. library has them too. all these have been sitting in my shelf collecting dust...i need peer pressure!

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