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Coming Attractions

Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

April, May, June 2008: Homer, The Odyssey

July 2008: Play break. I'll be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July, so we shall take a break from reading.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace
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Yay!!! War and Peace!!!!

Enjoy your Shakespeare festival. His work is among my greatest loves. My father was a literature professor and my fondest memories are of his voice reading Shakespeare to me from my earliest recollections. I envy your trip!!!
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Suzi, why am I not surprised at your background? Your father gave you a wonderful heritage. My own father graduated from high school at the age of fourteen and had to forego college in order to help support all his sisters. He educated himself by reading, however, and I, too, have very early memories of his reading to me and my numerous brothers and sisters. He especially liked Shelley, Keats, Shakespeare, and Kipling. Three of us became writers.

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Yay!!! War and Peace!!!!

Enjoy your Shakespeare festival. His work is among my greatest loves. My father was a literature professor and my fondest memories are of his voice reading Shakespeare to me from my earliest recollections. I envy your trip!!!


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Laurel wrote:
Suzi, why am I not surprised at your background? Your father gave you a wonderful heritage. My own father graduated from high school at the age of fourteen and had to forego college in order to help support all his sisters. He educated himself by reading, however, and I, too, have very early memories of his reading to me and my numerous brothers and sisters. He especially liked Shelley, Keats, Shakespeare, and Kipling. Three of us became writers.

blkeyesuzi wrote:
Yay!!! War and Peace!!!!

Enjoy your Shakespeare festival. His work is among my greatest loves. My father was a literature professor and my fondest memories are of his voice reading Shakespeare to me from my earliest recollections. I envy your trip!!!







You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful father. He overcame and accomplished much.

Our parents have a huge influence on who we become, if we allow them. Both of us benefited from their passion for literature, it seems. My father loved Shakespeare, Poe, O. Henry, Tolkien, Byron, Keats, and Shelley. I was always fascinated by his library. He also had shelves and shelves of Greek mythology and I remember trying to read it when I was in 2nd grade and he'd get so frustrated with trying to explain it to me. He NEVER told me I couldn't read it, though. He read Shakespeare to me from my earliest memory. He could read it such that it was completely understandable, even for me. We read Canterbury tales and Gawain and the Green Night when I was in 4th and 5th grades and they were an ongoing discussion as long as he was alive. Our own private little thing.

The first movie I remember seeing is "Othello", which my dad brought home with the reel-to-reel from school to preview for his class. I was so small, but I sat through the whole thing. That probably cinched it for me...I was hooked for life.

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Laurel wrote:
Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace



Yeah! War and Peace! I will be joining you all for that one. And, putting it on my schedule now, I will start off on time and not behind! :smileyhappy:
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War and Peace on BBC7

If you want to get a headstart on War and Peace, BBC7 will play their dramatization again on the internet beginning this Monday, Feb 11.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/drama/7drama.shtml

If you go to the above link on Tuesday or Wednesday and click "Listen Again" near the top on the left, you will be taken to a site that will allow you to listen to the previous program without worrying about time schedules.
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Laurel wrote:
If you want to get a headstart on War and Peace, BBC7 will play their dramatization again on the internet beginning this Monday, Feb 11.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/drama/7drama.shtml

If you go to the above link on Tuesday or Wednesday and click "Listen Again" near the top on the left, you will be taken to a site that will allow you to listen to the previous program without worrying about time schedules.




How fun! I listened to Middlemarch today. I like that site. I think I'll hold on to that one!
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Laurel wrote:
Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

April, May, June 2008: Homer, The Odyssey

July 2008: Play break. I'll be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July, so we shall take a break from reading.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace




I'll probably join the Odyssey board...we'll see. I've read it already, so will have to re-read each assignment in order to stay with the board assigned discussions. One thing regarding the Odyssey:

My favorite thing (call me simple) is this quote (not sure if I'll get it right from memory, but perhaps close):

"When came the child of morn, rosy fingered dawn...."

I just love how that is repeated throughout the text. Love it Love it...
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Thanks for the info., Laurel! I think I'll wait to read the book before I listen.
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I have not read any of those books. I am looking forward to both books.
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Thanks for the info., Laurel! I think I'll wait to read the book before I listen.




Good call, Laura. Listening to or seeing War and Peace dramatized can help you keep track of the characters, but there is nothing like reading that book for the first time. Some people will find that listening to the first two or three episodes of the BBC drama will be very helpful.
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We'll be very glad to have you, Butterfly.

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I have not read any of those books. I am looking forward to both books.


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War & Peace!


Laurel wrote:
Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

April, May, June 2008: Homer, The Odyssey

July 2008: Play break. I'll be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July, so we shall take a break from reading.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace




War and Peace! Finally! I knew you would get it in here some time! I'm ready! I've been ready for years--I never did finish it but I'm pretty good on the first few books, which I think was about as far as we got the last time. I have everything I need (I think).

Book - Norton Critical Edition - Check
Seven hour movie - Check
BBC dramatization - Check
Naxos Unabridged audio - Yiks! $200. Better start saving up for that one!
Opera - Check

What else do I need?

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Hurrah, Bucky! I do believe you'll make it this time.

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Laurel wrote:
Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

April, May, June 2008: Homer, The Odyssey

July 2008: Play break. I'll be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July, so we shall take a break from reading.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace




War and Peace! Finally! I knew you would get it in here some time! I'm ready! I've been ready for years--I never did finish it but I'm pretty good on the first few books, which I think was about as far as we got the last time. I have everything I need (I think).

Book - Norton Critical Edition - Check
Seven hour movie - Check
BBC dramatization - Check
Naxos Unabridged audio - Yiks! $200. Better start saving up for that one!
Opera - Check

What else do I need?

Bucky


"Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it." ~~G.K. Chesterton
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I a so happy to hear this group will be reading War and Peace. I bought Pevear and Volokhonsky (with coupon and membership card--great price). I can hardly wait to start reading it, but of course, I want to finish AK first.

I thought Tolstoy brilliantly captured Levin's feelings upon seeing Kitty while ice skating. That feeling of hardly daring to breathe or even look in her direction made her later rejection even more painful to bear, and it reminded me of adolescent love in many ways.



Laurel wrote:
Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

April, May, June 2008: Homer, The Odyssey

July 2008: Play break. I'll be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July, so we shall take a break from reading.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace


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I'm glad so many people are game for War and Peace, Crystal. Tolstoy seems to feel exactly what Levin is feeling, doesn't he? Levin reminds me a lot of Pierre in War and Peace.

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I a so happy to hear this group will be reading War and Peace. I bought Pevear and Volokhonsky (with coupon and membership card--great price). I can hardly wait to start reading it, but of course, I want to finish AK first.

I thought Tolstoy brilliantly captured Levin's feelings upon seeing Kitty while ice skating. That feeling of hardly daring to breathe or even look in her direction made her later rejection even more painful to bear, and it reminded me of adolescent love in many ways.



Laurel wrote:
Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

April, May, June 2008: Homer, The Odyssey

July 2008: Play break. I'll be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July, so we shall take a break from reading.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace





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CrystalVan wrote:
I a so happy to hear this group will be reading War and Peace. I bought Pevear and Volokhonsky (with coupon and membership card--great price). I can hardly wait to start reading it, but of course, I want to finish AK first.

I thought Tolstoy brilliantly captured Levin's feelings upon seeing Kitty while ice skating. That feeling of hardly daring to breathe or even look in her direction made her later rejection even more painful to bear, and it reminded me of adolescent love in many ways.



Laurel wrote:
Based on your suggestions and my inclinations, here is a preview of what we will be discussing after we finish Anna Karenina.

April, May, June 2008: Homer, The Odyssey

July 2008: Play break. I'll be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July, so we shall take a break from reading.

August, September, October 2008: Tolstoy, War and Peace







I was thinking of the Pevear translation as well. Any opinions?
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I was thinking of the Pevear translation as well. Any opinions?
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I'll be using the new Anthony Briggs translation, since it is the one I have available right now. I haven't read that translation, yet.
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I was thinking of the Pevear translation as well. Any opinions?



That's the one I have. It has received great reviews. But, I'm no expert...
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Fozzie wrote:


leakybucket wrote:


I was thinking of the Pevear translation as well. Any opinions?



That's the one I have. It has received great reviews. But, I'm no expert...





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leakybucket wrote:


I was thinking of the Pevear translation as well. Any opinions?



That's the one I have. It has received great reviews. But, I'm no expert...





yes, I read an article in NewsWeek a while back and they were comparing the two. They had side-by-side comparisons of particular excerpts, so you could see the differences for yourself. I have to say that from what I saw, I far preferred the Peaver selections. They were more descriptive and artistic. The Anthony Briggs didn't seem to capture the "feel" and the emotion quite as well. Unfortunately, I had already bought the Briggs version at a really good price. I need to read that version to really compare the two anyway...it's really hard to tell just from a few excerpts, I suppose.

If I get frustrated with the Briggs version, I'll have to pull my Peaver version out of storage.
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