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Subject: April BOM Discussion, Part One Chapters 1-8
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:20 PM ET
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April BOM Discussion on Marek Halter's The Book of Abraham

I started this book this morning on the first leg of my flight, and am about 75% through this section.  While I find the story interesting so far, especially how Marek Halter folds in the narrative of his journey to research his heritage, I'm having a hard time getting into the story since it jumps so quickly from generation to generation.  Without a key character to get emotionally invested in, I'm finding it hard to care what really happens to anyone!  LOL.



Last Edited on: 4/1/09 12:22 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Wow, Michelle!  My thoughts exactly.  I'm about 100 pages into it, and I'm just not feeling the love.  Too much jumping from generation to generation!  Also, too many similar names.  I can't even keep track of people in the same chapter!  How many "Ezras" have there been in just the first 100 pages?  LOL!  I think I'll move onto to something else for awhile but keep checking back here to see if you or anyone else finds that it's getting more interesting. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 8:24 PM ET
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I got about 250 pages in on the plane over here, and it hasn't really gotten any better!!  I'm stuck in a hotel all weekend, so I am determined to try to get through it, but we'll see!!  Luckily I brought 2 other books with me just in case.  I'm curious to see if anyone else jumps in and what they think.

Does anyone want to volunteer to lead the May BOM?  With all the challenges we've been doing this year, it seems like interest in the BOM may be dropping off.  I did enjoy doing it last year, though, because I felt it got me to read books I normally would not have picked up on my own.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 8:27 PM ET
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I'll wait to see if anyone else jumps in too.  I love the BOMs and have participated in all but 1, I think.  I hope someone wants to do May and that we get some participation as I love having the discussions.  I thought the ones we had for the last two books were good, but not a lot of people participated.  If interest is waning, perhaps we could take a break over the summer and start up the BOM again in the fall. 

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 3:42 PM ET
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I realize that I'm a day late and a dollar short, but I started this yesterday and am about 150 pages into it. I'm finding it to be very readable, and the Jewish history is fascinating. I'm not having as much difficulty as others following the families based on previous comments.

One thing that I am really finding interesting is the insertion of the paragraphs that break the "third wall" - where the author speaks directly to the reader and discusses his choices and decisions about writing the history. It leaves it much less "fiction" feeling that I suspect it actually is.

Date Posted: 5/4/2009 2:15 PM ET
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Mimi - I did end up finishing the book, and was able to get more into it as it got into a bit more modern times where I could identify more with the history.  And I also liked how the author inserted his thoughts into the book, especially as it gets closer to the end.