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Votes for the next book for a group read....?

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1Urquhart
jul 9, 2007, 3:11pm

Our Mutual Friend has been suggested as the next CD book, after we finish NN. How do people feel about that?

2aluvalibri
jul 9, 2007, 3:18pm

Fine with me (even though I am pitifully behind in my reading of NN.....:-((

3marise
jul 9, 2007, 3:31pm

Yes, I am fine with it and will start looking for a copy to purchase.

4digifish_books
jul 9, 2007, 7:17pm

I'm happy to do Our Mutual Friend but maybe give everyone time to seek out a copy and to finish NN....

5Urquhart
jul 9, 2007, 10:18pm

I am happy to read whatever people choose but I am still only half way through NN and give it 2-3 hrs a day on the audio book.

6Polite_Society
jul 9, 2007, 11:00pm

If you haven't "done" it already, I vote for Pickwick Papers. It's hilarious, endearing, full of memorable characters, and is, in my opinion, Dickens' best work. (And yes, I've read all the others.)

7marise
jul 10, 2007, 8:49am

I am really open to all suggestions here as I want to read them all eventually. (As previously mentioned I have only read Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and now NN.) So I will defer to whatever the majority decides.

8aluvalibri
jul 10, 2007, 11:42am

I finally got going with NN and, what can I say if not that.....I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once again, as with all the other Dickens' I read, I am transported into his world and have real feelings for all the characters. I wish all the books I read could stir my feelings like that...

9DLSmithies
Redigerat: jul 14, 2007, 3:51am

I've checked the shelf of Dickens we inherited recently, and I don't have the Pickwick Papers but I do have Our Mutual Friend - I'd definitely join in with a group reading of that if you publicise the start date.

10aluvalibri
jul 13, 2007, 12:33pm

Yes, let's go for Our mutual friend!!!!

11geneg
jul 22, 2007, 8:24pm

So, is it Our Mutual Friend and when does it begin or have I missed this boat, too?

12marise
jul 22, 2007, 8:31pm

I have a copy on order, it should be here this week or next.

13marise
jul 26, 2007, 12:12pm

It arrived this morning! Should we set a date to start?

14aluvalibri
jul 26, 2007, 12:13pm

What about August 1?

15marise
jul 26, 2007, 12:14pm

That's good for me. Anyone else?

16geneg
jul 26, 2007, 2:42pm

Sounds good to me.

17fannyprice
jul 28, 2007, 11:43am

I'm new to this and interested in doing this, but a little short on time lately. I see that this book is like 900 pages. What's the timeline for completing it for the group read and discussion? Will there be set assignments and discussions or just talk as you go along?

18lesezeichen
jul 28, 2007, 11:50am

I actually read OMF a few months ago so I won't be taking part very actively. Just wanted to tell you that you are in for an excellent read. Enjoy!

19aluvalibri
jul 28, 2007, 4:16pm

#17> fannyprice, the group is really very flexible on the timeline. I don't even think we set one for Nicholas Nickleby, or did we?

20marise
jul 28, 2007, 6:01pm

No, there was no deadline for NN. I think we should remain flexible to include as many as possible. What do you think? :)

21geneg
jul 28, 2007, 6:33pm

Sounds good to me.

22aluvalibri
jul 28, 2007, 10:08pm

Sounds perfect to me too!

23geneg
okt 6, 2007, 11:34am

Well, it looks like it's been two months since we chose OMF for a read. What's next, or did I miss the next book? I suggest David Copperfield, a Dickens I've never read.

24Urquhart
okt 6, 2007, 1:31pm

Yes to David Copperfield, of course.

Of course most of us have read it but it improves with the rereading.

And besides, ya get ta meet Rosa Dartle again, the likes of which have never been written about by any author, anytime, anywhere.

Ya Rosa Dartle!

25marise
okt 6, 2007, 2:47pm

I have never read David Copperfield, either. Count me in! :)

26aluvalibri
okt 6, 2007, 5:25pm

David Copperfield!!!!! My favourite!!!!!!!!

27digifish_books
okt 6, 2007, 10:26pm

I read David Copperfield earlier this year after Urquhart posed the question "Is there any book as good as David Copperfield?".... or something along those lines :) His question and the discussion that followed really piqued my interest!

I think you'll find David Copperfield so much more engaging & fun than Our Mutual Friend :)

28geneg
okt 7, 2007, 10:20am

So, what do you think, Urquhart, David Copperfield? (amazing Treasure Island by RLS comes up when I touchstone David Copperfield. Go figure.

29fannyprice
okt 7, 2007, 2:00pm

I'm going to try to participate again this time! Does anyone have a recommendation on an edition that I should get?

30digifish_books
okt 7, 2007, 7:50pm

Hi fannyprice ~

I found the Penguin Classic edition to be excellent (i.e it has very useful notes at the back). Its the one with the black cover (ISBN-10: 0140439447; ISBN-13: 978-0140439441).

31Urquhart
okt 7, 2007, 8:04pm

It seems to me that we have 3 questions on the table:

1)Which book?
2)When to start?
3)How to discuss the book in a way that people will feel that we are all moving along and not spoiling it for anyone else.

My own suggestions are as follows:

1)Which book?>>David Copperfield
2)When to start?>>In One Month''s time...
3)How to discuss >>This is difficult and I believe it is impossible to please everyone. However, I think it can be very easily done ......Thematically.

That is one can discuss themes as you read the book without giving away the plot, or the actions of a certain character. Examples:

-Have you noticed yet in the bk that Dickens continually treats the topic of how the strong prey on the weak, of bullies and how much damage they cause?

-Or did you enjoy the humor in some such scene.

-Or were you schocked by his discriptions of man's inhumanity to man in the school scenes? Was it believeable?

Hopefully by speaking generally, we can allow people to proceed at their own individual pace.

32marise
okt 8, 2007, 9:07am

Excellent suggestions, Urquhart.