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Subject: What's your classical focus for June?
Date Posted: 6/2/2011 8:19 AM ET
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I'm still slogging through my May assignment (Lorna Doone--after 300 pages, I've finally hit upon a semi-interesting chapter), but hope to finish in a few days.

What classics are the rest of you reading?


Date Posted: 6/2/2011 11:01 PM ET
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I am going to take a break from the Bronte sisters and try some Herman Wouk. Caine Mutiny. I heard it was good.


Date Posted: 6/3/2011 6:11 PM ET
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Finished No One Writes to the Colonial and other stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - A novel by a non-European author.  Discovered this author when I obtained a biography about his life.  The read was so intriguing that I began to collect his work to read.  This is the third of his works that I have tackled.  Each becomes more interesting to me or maybe I just better understand his writing.  This collection of short stories leads off with No One Writes to the Colonel.  Having visited Mexico, I understand some of the author's descriptions.  The story focuses on a man who lives in poverty while he waits for his military pension to come through.  It has been 30 years but still no answer.  Of course, it doesn't help that the political situation has changed and changed and changed.  Have his papers been lost?  Even his lawyer doesn't know.  His other hope is that a fighting cock, left to him by his deceased son, will become the champion of the region.  The author captures the life of this patient, brave man while he waits - each day walking to the post office with the hope that the letter confirming his pension will be there.  I found it a wonderful read.  

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Date Posted: 6/4/2011 7:25 PM ET
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I've been prevented from reading by the !@#$%^&*( workload around here, but I'm thinking of picking up Eccentric Islands, by Bill Holm, as a follow-up to my 'sea saga', The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson.  And I think I'll locate a couple of places to 'disappear' to, so I can get some reading done!

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Subject: Jane Eyre
Date Posted: 6/5/2011 2:05 AM ET
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about one third through

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 9:45 AM ET
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I'm about 60 pages in on Howard's End by EM Forster.

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Date Posted: 6/11/2011 8:56 AM ET
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Tome, let me know how you like Cain Mutiny

Carolyn, I really liked Howards End, but it has been so long since i read it, i honestly cant tell you what it is about blush


My family is split up between camp and visiting a sick relative this week, but i had to stay back for work. So i have a nice quiet house to get some reading done in. I am reading Alice in WOnderland today and when done i plan on finishing up the Hobbit. When finished with them, i will only have four more books for the challenge. I am thinking of re-reading Emma by Jane Austin for the novel written by an author.

Date Posted: 6/11/2011 11:14 PM ET
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Tome, let me know how you like Cain Mutiny

I loved it. A keeper. The movie is probably waiting for me in the mailbox as I type this. 


Spoilers (if you haven't read it)


I was convinced along with the rest of the men that Queeg was mental, but the trial made me rethink. Greenwald's drunken speech at the end especially his words to Keefer was absolutely perfect. 


Date Posted: 6/17/2011 3:51 PM ET
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I am reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I can tell it is a "good" book but it is not the most intertaining summer book.  I am trying to stick it out, but other books on my TBR are calling  me.....

ETA - Okay, I set it aside to read something else by the pool.  But I know I will go back o it b/c I keep thinking about the characters.

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Date Posted: 6/24/2011 3:28 PM ET
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I'm 236 pages into 1463 pages of Les Miserables. I'm really enjoying it so far but I'm guessing I'll be finishing it long after June.