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Subject: August Book?
Date Posted: 7/27/2009 8:24 AM ET
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Do we want to do a book for August? Just thought I put it out there.



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Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:09 AM ET
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I would be interested. I have a couple of books to suggest . . . The Death of Ivan Ilych by Tolstoy (the book I have is a collection of four of his stories - the other three are Family Happiness, The Kreutzer Sonata, and Master and Man) or All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Neither are lengthy.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 1:00 PM ET
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Sheila, either one would work for me. Tolstoy could be fun and All Quiet is a book that I have wanted to revisit. Following with the short theme how about Notes from the Underground or The Turn of a Screw?  

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 9:38 AM ET
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Both of those would be of interest to me also :-)

I like keeping the books to a shorter length. Then, if it ends up being a book someone does not like all that much . . . they don't have so much time invested in it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 9:42 AM ET
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I agree wholeheartedly. When do you want to set off the cut off date for the selection?

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 10:39 AM ET
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August 7 with discussion the last week of August?

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 11:37 AM ET
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Sounds good with me.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 11:47 AM ET
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I just noticed that I have two copies of The Turn of the Screw on my shelves, so that would be fine with me.  Let me also nominate Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.  I've never read anything by her (and just happen to have that one also). 

By the way, for those of you who read Howard's End last fall, has anyone seen the movie of it?  I noticed it (and recorded it) on HBO yesterday--haven't watched it yet.

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Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I have not read any of these, and would be up for any of them, particularly "All Quiet," "Turn of the Screw," and "Notes from the Underground."

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:58 PM ET
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I'd love to read All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

 

 

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 10:49 AM ET
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Had an idea . . . if we all voted for two or three of the nominations then we could declare the top two vote getters as the next 2 Classic books to read - August and September.

Would someone like to lead August? I will volunteer to lead September.



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Date Posted: 7/31/2009 11:40 AM ET
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Good Idea! Listed below are the nominees thus far:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych by Tolstoy
  • Notes from the Underground 
  •  The Turn of a Screw
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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Date Posted: 7/31/2009 11:56 AM ET
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I vote All Quiet and Turn of the Screw.

Also (gulp), I'll lead August's discussion.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I vote The Turn of the Screw and Mrs. Dallaway.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 1:25 AM ET
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I'd like to vote for All Quiet and Turn of the Screw.

Thanks for the PM.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 11:04 AM ET
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Rick, thanks for leading August!

I will vote for All Quiet on the Western Front and Notes From the Underground

Didn't realize it til now but we have some dark themes this time around . . .

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 4:59 PM ET
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I have All's Quiet On The Western Front  and Mrs. Dalloway in my TBR stack........so I'm good for either one of those.  Not sure at this point if I will still have the internet at the end of august, but if I do, I will be happy to join in the discussion.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 8:09 PM ET
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I vote for Ivan Ilych. I just posted a nice copy of the Remarque book that I found at a booksale today.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 4:57 PM ET
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Has a book been chosen yet? 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/5/2009 7:57 AM ET
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Carol, the cutoff is August 7.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 9:27 AM ET
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I would love to join you guys! How does this work? I'm up for any of the books suggested - I think I have most, if not all, of them. Great suggestions, btw.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 10:14 AM ET
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Sarah, we would love to have you join us. Just vote for two of the books nominated. The two books with the most votes will be our August and September selections.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 11:19 AM ET
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Thanks, Sheila. Alrighty then. I vote for Mrs. Dalloway or Turn of the Screw.

Date Posted: 8/6/2009 8:28 AM ET
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I am so glad to see the board active again. I am going to vote for All Quiet and Notes from the Underground. Welcome Sarah and thanks for leading Rick!

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Date Posted: 8/6/2009 5:24 PM ET
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Here is the voting as I have it so far:

All Quiet on the Western Front - iiiii

Turn of the Screw - iiii

Mrs. Dalloway - iii

Notes from the Underground - ii

Death of Ivan Ilych - i

Voting ends tomorrow!

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