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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Subject: August Book - "All Quiet on the Western Front"
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 8:21 AM ET
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"All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erica Maria Remarque.

(and I'm off to a great start by having my first request for it just time out ).

ANYWAY, order your copy now if you'd like to participate. We'll have discussions about the book the last week of August - starting August 24. Stop by even if you haven't finished. I'll have different topics for the first half and whole book.

Read a great book and have people to talk about it with!

Thanks~



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Date Posted: 8/8/2009 11:05 AM ET
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Now I just have to wrestle the book away from my husband. He saw it on my desk and walked off with it. He says "it's good so far".

Thanks for tallying the votes Rick and getting us started. Looks like Turn of the Screw came in second so we will have that one for our September book. Hope your second request does not time out on you.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 11:28 AM ET
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This one is good, maybe the first to show the face of war as the grunts live it. About 1963 I remember seeing (stationed in Vicenza at the time) a prize-winning movie called Die Brucke [The Bridge]. It was a semi-documentary in that what it showed had happened pretty much that way. The GI audience left the movie quiet, upset. shocked. Little did we know that half of us would soon be involved in a lot of the same stuff. Buddhists, I think it is, believe that every time you take a life you lose some of your soul. I have been there, and I think they are right. War, just cause, all that counts for nothing.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 3:06 PM ET
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Count me in. All Quiet has been sitting on my coffee table TBR pile for a month now. Time to start reading.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 5:59 PM ET
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Hmmm, she said reluctantly.  I didn't think that I wanted to read this book.  Guess I'll be a good sport and go find a copy.  Maybe I'll really love it.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 9:22 AM ET
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>>Hope your second request does not time out on you.

Well, after two more days, I requested a different ISBN, and that person responded. So I will get a copy of the book!

John, as you and I have talked about Elizabethan/Jacboean drama before, have you read Troilus and Cressida? I've heard its views on war described as "Shakespeare trying to start the 20th century 300 years early, but nobody else was ready."



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Date Posted: 8/9/2009 6:37 PM ET
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Started reading AQOTWF last night.

Wow! This is really good. And oddly funny in one part. This is a keeper.



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Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:49 PM ET
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I will pull my copy out of my TBR pile and get started on it tomorrow night. 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/18/2009 9:33 AM ET
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*Bump*

Next Monday I'll start a thread on the first part of the book.