09-27-2007 11:00 PM
I’m Rachel, your moderator for the month. I’m a mom and a librarian, and have recently relocated to the South.
09-30-2007 08:42 AM - edited 09-30-2007 08:43 AM
Thanks for moderating.
Can we please remind people (or maybe tell me that I'm misinformed) about posting spoilers, or at least labeling them as such?
It's my understanding that we read this book over the course of the month. Perhpas I'm wrong and we're supposed to have read it before we discuss??
Granted, some people will get done earlier than others ... and some have already finished, which is fantastic, but to post plot points in very early discussions (eg, first impressions, introductions of participants, and questions to the author) will certainly detract from other readers' enjoyment of the book.
For example, I now know that two characters will be married and that's something I'd have never thought would be given away in a question to the author before the club has really officially started.
Sorry for the whinge, I just think some ground rules ought to be established.
Message Edited by bobzyeruncle on 09-30-2007 01:43 PM
10-01-2007 03:31 PM
10-01-2007 04:32 PM
Where in the South did you relocate? I have friends in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (originally me through a pen pal relationship). I spent last Thanksgiving with them and already have my ticket for this year.
10-01-2007 04:34 PM - edited 10-01-2007 04:36 PM
I know, I know. Every new experience includes people who have been involved for ages and we tend to forget we were once the "new kid at school." Welcome to this experience and I hope it begins many new ones for you. I look forward to hearing your "take" on this book.
Message Edited by KathyH on 10-01-2007 01:36 PM
10-01-2007 11:29 PM
10-02-2007 12:37 PM
10-04-2007 02:43 PM
I just received this book and two others I want to read and discuss, so this weekend I'll read them. The one on the history of the Korean War may take more time!
Please keep reading readers' posts and jump in. There are too many "viewers" and not enough "participants," in my opinion. I love to hear what other readers think and on what tangents their reading led them.
As for reading with a dictionary, you might tackle The War of the World by Niall Ferguson.
10-04-2007 03:15 PM
I agree with you that these characters are not very likeable; I found them frivolous, maddening and full of themselves.
Some books have marvelous, lovable people that you can't help but fall in love with, like Jane Eyre or David Copperfield, so you continue reading because you want to know more about them, and what will happen to them.
Other books have great plots, like suspense novels, where characters are not always well written, but you continue reading because you want to know how it all ends.
This book is different. It's the style of writing that holds my attention. If you've read Jane Austen, you'll know what I mean. The author writes about people she's spent a lot of time with observing, studying. She knows them inside and out. It's up to the readers if they like them or not.
But it's the WAY that she writes about them, exposing their flaws and their imperfections. That's one thing that so good about this book.
"I am a part of everything that I have read."