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Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene [Nov. 22nd, 2007|04:22 pm]

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Book Club selection #5 - Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

This is picture of the copy I read from the library, slightly smelly and faded, but the binding still holding firm, and the contents still fresh and exciting. Rather like Aunt Augusta, I imagined, one of the main characters in this book.

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Our Last Book Club Selection for 2007 [Nov. 9th, 2007|12:26 pm]

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Hello! *waves* Ahem...just in a silly mood. :)

Our final selection for this year is Baldwin's "Another Country."

I'll be posting a synopsis and my thoughts regarding Greene's "Travels With My Aunt" soon. I know some of you are still reading it so let's give it a little more time.

Get your brains in gear! I'd like if we could have our nominations for 2008 by the end of the year; keep in mind availability, length (300 pages or less), short stories/novellas. Nominate as many as you like, would be nice if you give a brief description and perhaps a 'why' regarding your choices. Then we'll take a vote and see what interests people the most.
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Book Club Book #5, then... [Oct. 2nd, 2007|11:48 pm]

[Current Mood |sillysilly]
[Current Music |"Going Nowhere" - whoever wrote it]

...will be: Graham Greene - Travels With My Aunt. :)
So get readying!
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Book Club: Book for months 9 and 10? [Sep. 6th, 2007|01:26 pm]

[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

And as we're here now, let's choose the next book. This one should be easier than before since there's just two books to choose from:

Baldwin - Another Country


Greene - Travels With My Aunt

Get choosing! *LOL* *runs*
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Book Club Book #4: Italo Calvino - If On A Winter's Night A Traveler [Sep. 6th, 2007|01:22 pm]

[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Current Music |"Stagger" - Underworld]

First, thee plot:

Calvino's masterpiece opens with a scene that's reassuringly commonplace: apparently. Indeed, it's taking place now. A reader goes into a bookshop to buy a book: not any book, but the latest Calvino, the book you are holding in your hands. Or is it? Are you the reader? Is this the book? Beware. All assumptions are dangerous on this most bewitching switch-back ride to the heart of storytelling.

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The song chosen for this entry was chosen to describe how I feel this book feels to me. *is hungry*
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Book for months 7 and 8 [Jul. 9th, 2007|11:36 pm]

[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |"YMCA"]

So it apparently looks like we're going to read

Calvino - If On A Winter's Night A Traveler

as the next book, which kind of makes me smile. Get reading! XD *RUNS*
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Book Club: Book for months 7 and 8? [Jul. 1st, 2007|05:10 pm]

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The remaining books are these:

Baldwin - Another Country
Calvino - If On A Winter's Night A Traveller
Greene - Travels With My Aunt

So get voting! XD
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Book Club Book #3: F. Scott Fitzgerald - Tender Is The Night [Jul. 1st, 2007|05:05 pm]

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Set in the hedonistic society of the 'Roaring Twenties,' the novel chronicles the tale of a wealthy mental patient, Nicole Warren, and her marriage to her psychiatrist. The resulting saga of the troubled marriage and their circle of friends highlights the perception of problems inherent in great wealth.

Now this time, unfortunately, I was completely unable to finish this book, not liking it enough. That said, if one of you read it, and can form a review about it here, in the comments, I definitely would be interested in the reviews. :)
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An Almighty WTF?!?! and I Closed The Cover on a Book [Jun. 30th, 2007|05:42 pm]

[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |Silence Sonata in F Sharp]

Well here's a first for me. LJ ate my post that I made here earlier today. Hope it got indigestion.

To repeat:

I've been defeated by our third book club selection, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night." After 36 pages, I've closed the cover and said, "That's that." I found it very tedious to get even that far, like trying to swim against the current in a sea of molasses.

There is some lovely worded description, I'll give it that. But I thought the characters were very dull. It's not that I hated them. I certainly didn't like them. The problem was I felt nothing for them. Nothing they said or did was interesting, and by the same token held zero promise of anything interesting happening later in the book. To be honest, half of the dialogue made no sense to me. The narrator up to this point, a very young actress named Rosemary, was BLAH.

I left the story at a point where a dinner party held by the Divers had just ended and Rosemary tossed and turned in bed as her brain struggled to make some feeble thoughts. I pretended an earthquake occurred, sending houses and people tumbling into the sea as the cliffs cracked. Those who were left fell into vast splits in the earth's surface, their screams echoing in the night. It felt like a satisfactory conclusion in my opinion.

Sorry, this book was not for me.
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(no subject) [May. 12th, 2007|10:01 am]

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[Current Music |Stan Ridgeway]

*grin* It's pretty clear this time that we'll go with:

Fitzgerald - Tender Is The Night

as the third book to read. So that starts now! XD :)
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