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Subject: Classic Book Group: June Selection or Total Fizzle?
Date Posted: 5/20/2009 5:37 PM ET
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Use this forum to nominate a classic book for June. Volunteer to lead too, it's easy peazy. All you really have to do is show up and say "let's discuss."

For summer, I recommend focusing on short classic books as a refreshing and faster change of pace. Surely there are good classic books that are under 600 + pages and can be discussed in one dicussion?

 

Subject: Eyeballing Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables
Date Posted: 5/20/2009 6:19 PM ET
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Anyone up for a story about a house cursed by an ancestor who was a witch hunt victim?

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables (1851) looks tempting, even if it is Hawthorne of the despised red letter fame.

PBS is well stocked with copies.

Two hundred eighty-eight pages of mouldering sanctum fun?

Here is a http://www.amazon.com/House-Gables-Oxford-Worlds-Classics/dp/019953912X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242857927&sr=1-2 to reviews and other information.



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Date Posted: 5/21/2009 1:39 AM ET
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I'll be traveling part of June.  I'll definitely be reading but I'm not sure that I can commit to a classic for that month.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 8:24 AM ET
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If a book is chosen that I already have on my TBR shelf, I'd love to join in.  I'm out of credits at the moment and can't afford to purchase anything, so I'm limited to what I already have.  I'll look and see if The House of Seven Gables is my stack.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 11:16 AM ET
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The House of Seven Gables is available to read online for free . . .

I will nominate Candide by Voltaire. Also available to read online for free. Approx. 128 pages

I'd be interested in reading either one of them.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 12:38 PM ET
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I'm game for June.  I've read Seven Gables before but I'd be more than happy to read it again.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 6:12 PM ET
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I will nominate Candide by Voltaire. Also available to read online for free. Approx. 128 pages

I had to look that one up. SATIRE!  I ordered myself a copy, winning nominee or no, I am going to give it a whirl.

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 9:18 AM ET
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I hope you like it Laura. I read Candide for a French Lit class, en francais, several years ago. I remember very little of the story but I do remember that I liked reading it and we had some interesting discussions in class.

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Wooohooo!!   I just checked and I've got both book sitting on my shelf.....so I'm good for either one.

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 2:38 PM ET
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Ooh, here's a short one that's been on my TBR forever: Kate Chopin's The Awakening, that'll be my nominee for June.

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 3:59 PM ET
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The nominees so far:

  • The House of Seven Gables, by N. Hawthorne
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

Any others?

Date Posted: 5/29/2009 10:23 AM ET
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I vote for Candide...I read it in college but don't remember the story very well.  I've read The Awakening many times.....

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 5:54 PM ET
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The majority so far seems to be voting for Candide.  Since I haven't read any or know what any of them are about  yet, Candide is fine with me.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 11:00 AM ET
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Any of the three nominated are fine with me.

Laura, I like the idea of picking a shorter book. I'm still making my way through The Mill on the Floss :-)

 

Subject: Ready, Set, Read!
Date Posted: 5/31/2009 2:57 PM ET
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Candide it is!

This is going to be super, duper simple.

No leader, no scheduled dates, no hairy questions. This is just reading a book for pleasure and sharing your thoughts about it.

Just start reading Candide whenever you're ready.

If you're the first one finished, please start the discussion thread. This forum moves slow enough that the thread will be around for several months.

Feel free to talk about anything in entire book. In other words, don't worry about writing spoilers.

This goes without saying, if you haven't finished reading the book, don't click on the Candide discussion thread as it might contain spoilers.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 4:24 PM ET
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cool beans.  I know I've got a copy somewhere, I'll have to dig it out.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:16 AM ET
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Ooh, interesting. Never considered reading it. I should.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 9:46 PM ET
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You should join us Rick . . . it's a short one.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:11 PM ET
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Well, since I'm short on credits, I just downloaded the audio book of Candide from librivox.org - I test-listened to the introduction - and this reader is excellent (and he reads the whole book).

So there's a great free source for the audio version.