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Question for Bob: Schedule

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Happy Thanksgiving, Bob! I've been enjoying the wide-ranging discussion so far, and I'm also really looking forward to reading Moby Dick next month. Will the scheduled discussion last for longer than the standard four weeks, since it's a relatively long novel? Could you create and post a schedule of the chapters we'll be covering each week in advance?

Here's a link to Bob's message on MD, if anyone would like to read it again:

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board/message?board.id=AmericanClassics&message.id=331

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I suggest that we go quite slowly on Mobe Dick. It's a lot to digest.
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Re: Question for Bob: Schedule

Here's the deal: Moby Dick will be incredibly structured, with a beginning, a middle and an end. People have been crying out for structure. That I can do. The discussion will begin 12/26, the day after the narrative of the novel is supposed to begin.
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MOBY DICK Schedule: Thanks, Bob!

Your proposed start date is a good one for this time of year anyway!


fanuzzir wrote:
Here's the deal: Moby Dick will be incredibly structured, with a beginning, a middle and an end. People have been crying out for structure. That I can do. The discussion will begin 12/26, the day after the narrative of the novel is supposed to begin.


pmath wrote:
Happy Thanksgiving, Bob! I've been enjoying the wide-ranging discussion so far, and I'm also really looking forward to reading Moby Dick next month. Will the scheduled discussion last for longer than the standard four weeks, since it's a relatively long novel? Could you create and post a schedule of the chapters we'll be covering each week in advance?

Here's the address of Bob's message on MD, if anyone would like to read it again:

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board/message?board.id=AmericanClassics&message.id=331

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Hurrah for Bob!

Hurrah for Bob! Hurrah for B&N! Hurrah for Moby Dick! I have a beautiful leather-bound volume that I'm reading now (slowly through cetology) but I ordered the B&N volume today for the notes and to have a book I can mark in. Up with the harpoons!
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fanuzzir wrote:
Here's the deal: Moby Dick will be incredibly structured, with a beginning, a middle and an end. People have been crying out for structure. That I can do. The discussion will begin 12/26, the day after the narrative of the novel is supposed to begin.





Good good good! Well done that man! I look forward to 12/26 and some structure even though I did not particularly want to read Moby Dick, which is now on my Xmas list:smileyhappy:
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fanuzzir wrote:
Here's the deal: Moby Dick will be incredibly structured, with a beginning, a middle and an end. People have been crying out for structure. That I can do. The discussion will begin 12/26, the day after the narrative of the novel is supposed to begin.





Good good good! Well done that man! I look forward to 12/26 and some structure even though I did not particularly want to read Moby Dick, which is now on my Xmas list:smileyhappy:
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Laurel wrote:
Hurrah for Bob! Hurrah for B&N! Hurrah for Moby Dick! I have a beautiful leather-bound volume that I'm reading now (slowly through cetology) but I ordered the B&N volume today for the notes and to have a book I can mark in. Up with the harpoons!





Hurrah indeed!:smileyhappy: Let's hope this will be the Start of Something New! I too have an old edition which I can dust down. I just found a B&N copy online @ only $1.75 but unfortunately the postage will be $9.98 so it isn't sensible for me to send for it:smileysad: Perhaps Bob could sunmmarise the Notes for we non-B&N readers Over the Pond and otherwise Non-US?
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moby dick fav

I just read on line that Moby Dick was a faved book of Cormac Mc Carthy while he wouldn't care much about Henry James.

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I just read on line that Moby Dick was a faved book of Cormac Mc Carthy while he wouldn't care much about Henry James.

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Understandable - James was a much more prissy writer than Melville. Melville and Hawthorne were great friends.
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Laurel wrote:
I suggest that we go quite slowly on Mobe Dick. It's a lot to digest.





It might be a good idea to start reading it now so that we have digested some of it before Bob sets up the board? I bought a copy yesterday with some extremely good Notes, including some interesting observations about the author's life. I look forward to comparing these with the B&N edition Americans will have. I wonder if it would be a good idea to have a section devoted to Notes, Literary Criticism and Links thereto, given that some readers do not like to know anything about the author before reading the book, but others (like me:smileyhappy:) do? We could then put any litcrit or biographical titbits in this section and post a brief reference to them in the main chapter sections.
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Choisya wrote:


Laurel wrote:
I suggest that we go quite slowly on Mobe Dick. It's a lot to digest.





It might be a good idea to start reading it now so that we have digested some of it before Bob sets up the board? I bought a copy yesterday with some extremely good Notes, including some interesting observations about the author's life. I look forward to comparing these with the B&N edition Americans will have. I wonder if it would be a good idea to have a section devoted to Notes, Literary Criticism and Links thereto, given that some readers do not like to know anything about the author before reading the book, but others (like me:smileyhappy:) do? We could then put any litcrit or biographical titbits in this section and post a brief reference to them in the main chapter sections.




Good ideas, Choisya! I'd say, if you have it, go ahead and get started reading. If not, don't worry about getting behind. Above all, take it slowly or you'll choke.
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Re: Question for Bob: Schedule

That is a good idea, as there are going to be some people who will need the ballast. Moby Dick, though, is still a good read without the apparatus; I'm hoping people like the comedy of the first few chapters. I'll be breaking out some threads to appeal to the literary critical and scholarship side of the club; I'll also have plenty of ways for people to focus on the plot. Let me know if you find any Melville links you trust. A nice start would be the New Bedford Whaling Museum in NB, Massachusetts; more later.
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I'm planning on ordering the Everyman's edition. I'd be happy to post the history of the author's life along with literary history and world events once I get the book.

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Re: Moby Dick : Links etc.

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fanuzzir wrote:
That is a good idea, as there are going to be some people who will need the ballast. Moby Dick, though, is still a good read without the apparatus; I'm hoping people like the comedy of the first few chapters. I'll be breaking out some threads to appeal to the literary critical and scholarship side of the club; I'll also have plenty of ways for people to focus on the plot. Let me know if you find any Melville links you trust. A nice start would be the New Bedford Whaling Museum in NB, Massachusetts; more later.




I will email you some Links Bob so that you can include them when you set the chapters up:smileyhappy:

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donyskiw wrote:
I'm planning on ordering the Everyman's edition. I'd be happy to post the history of the author's life along with literary history and world events once I get the book.

Denise




That will be useful Denise - the Notes in my edition are rather lengthy so I don't think I can do that. I will quote from them where appropriate instead:smileyhappy: I am really looking forward to this read although I wasn't able to watch the film through because of the blood and gore - you will all have to hold my hand:smileyhappy: E Lee says The Jungle is gory too but I can stand gore about folks, it's animals I worry about:smileysad: I will post this right now:smileyhappy::smileyhappy::smileyhappy: :-

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E Lee says The Jungle is gory too but I can stand gore about folks, it's animals I worry about:smileysad: I will post this right now:smileyhappy::smileyhappy::smileyhappy: :-

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Choisya, "The Jungle" is about a meat-processing plant. :smileyhappy:
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Choisya, I'm the same as you. I have a hard time with animals' suffering. I won't be in The Jungle discussion.

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Laurel wrote:

Choisya wrote:
E Lee says The Jungle is gory too but I can stand gore about folks, it's animals I worry about:smileysad: I will post this right now:smileyhappy::smileyhappy::smileyhappy: :-

http://www.savethewhales.org/




Choisya, "The Jungle" is about a meat-processing plant. :smileyhappy:





Oh! It seems that I am going to have to close my eyes a lot over the next two months!!! I hope Bob can arrange something more heartening for February:smileyhappy:
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donyskiw wrote:
Choisya, I'm the same as you. I have a hard time with animals' suffering. I won't be in The Jungle discussion.

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I thought The Jungle was about people suffering? Does it deal with abattoirs?? Oh dear:smileysad::smileysad:
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