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Re: Paris

Yes, I'm joining. I started Middlemarch a couple weeks ago, got distracted and put it down. I'm almost ready to pick it up again (as soon as I finish a little novel I picked up - and can't put down). My copy has VERY small type and I'm struggling to read it. I don't suppose it has anything to do with that middle-aged thing?!? Another problem I'm having is putting my brain into 1800s English, but I think Middlemarch will have me hooked by 100 pages or so...
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Re: Paris

I bought another copy for the same reason jmc. It is best not to struggle with both the language and the print!:smileyhappy:




jmcnaughton wrote:
Yes, I'm joining. I started Middlemarch a couple weeks ago, got distracted and put it down. I'm almost ready to pick it up again (as soon as I finish a little novel I picked up - and can't put down). My copy has VERY small type and I'm struggling to read it. I don't suppose it has anything to do with that middle-aged thing?!? Another problem I'm having is putting my brain into 1800s English, but I think Middlemarch will have me hooked by 100 pages or so...


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Re: Paris



Choisya wrote:
I bought another copy for the same reason jmc. It is best not to struggle with both the language and the print!:smileyhappy:




jmcnaughton wrote:
Yes, I'm joining. I started Middlemarch a couple weeks ago, got distracted and put it down. I'm almost ready to pick it up again (as soon as I finish a little novel I picked up - and can't put down). My copy has VERY small type and I'm struggling to read it. I don't suppose it has anything to do with that middle-aged thing?!? Another problem I'm having is putting my brain into 1800s English, but I think Middlemarch will have me hooked by 100 pages or so...







Hmmm, an excuse to go to B&N?!? What a novel idea! Thanks, Choisya.
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Have a happy week off!

This next week is our "bye week" but don't be surprised if I try and play catch up! You're under no obligation to respond until after Monday Dec 31 (:smileytongue:).

Otherwise have a good week. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (or a belated Hannukah or Winter's Solstice :smileyhappy: )!
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Re: A Healthier New Year?

According to this Guardian article, birdsong is good for you so how about making a New Year Resolution to get up at dawn each day?:smileyvery-happy:.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2184035,00.html

Some interesting information about ancient sounds/language passed down by the Brahmins of India too.
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Re: Inernational Rail Travel

Those of you planning holidays in Europe and beyond may be interested in this website compiled by a British rail enthusiast who has travelled by train all over the world. He gives some very detailed information about how to get to destinations, cheap ways to travel or to obtain seats etc etc. Just click on any country listed on the left. Given the hassle we are all now experiencing at airports, rail is becoming a more popular way to travel, at least in Europe, and the prices are getting more compatible all the time.

http://www.seat61.com/
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Re: Have a happy week off!

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Melissa -- I know that your schedule is "impossible", but I do want to ask, do we want to try to have a Middlemarch discussion for the remainder of January and, if so, how do we accomplish it?

In my opinion, Middlemarch is a well-written book that should sustain good discussion. But, attaining that discussion here on-line doesn't seem to be happening. I'm not certain "why." Are there other readers that are in a similar quandary, or is this just a book that some of us are glad B&N encouraged us enough that we are reading it and now let us just go and do that? Somehow, we as readers seem not to be stepping up to discussing this book -- or is that a mistaken impression on my part? Without minimizing the value moderators provide, I don't see moderator questions or comments as being as critical to sustaining interesting conversations as the participation of readers of the text.

Message Edited by Peppermill on 01-08-2008 11:37 AM
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Re: Have a happy week off!

Xmas engagements notwithwstanding, I had thought that the Middlemarch discussion had ended on the 31st December and that we were having an interregnum until we got our next book up and running?:smileyhappy: Is this not so?




Peppermill wrote:
Melissa -- I know that your schedule is "impossible", but I do want to ask, do we want to try to have a Middlemarch discussion for the remainder of January and, if so, how do we accomplish it?

In my opinion, Middlemarch is a well-written book that should sustain good discussion. But, attaining that discussion here on-line doesn't seem to be happening. I'm not certain "why." Are there other readers that are in a similar quandary, or is this just a book that some of us are glad B&N encouraged us enough that we are reading it and now let us just go and do that? Somehow, we as readers seem not to be stepping up to discussing this book -- or is that a mistaken impression on my part? Without minimizing the value moderators provide, I don't see moderator questions or comments as being as critical to sustaining interesting conversations as the participation of readers of the text.

Message Edited by Peppermill on 01-08-2008 11:37 AM


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Re: Have a happy week off!

We only took Christmas week off (officially) and started again with book 5 Dec 31. Choisya, you're such an overachiever :smileytongue:



Choisya wrote:
Xmas engagements notwithwstanding, I had thought that the Middlemarch discussion had ended on the 31st December and that we were having an interregnum until we got our next book up and running?:smileyhappy: Is this not so?




Peppermill wrote:
Melissa -- I know that your schedule is "impossible", but I do want to ask, do we want to try to have a Middlemarch discussion for the remainder of January and, if so, how do we accomplish it?

In my opinion, Middlemarch is a well-written book that should sustain good discussion. But, attaining that discussion here on-line doesn't seem to be happening. I'm not certain "why." Are there other readers that are in a similar quandary, or is this just a book that some of us are glad B&N encouraged us enough that we are reading it and now let us just go and do that? Somehow, we as readers seem not to be stepping up to discussing this book -- or is that a mistaken impression on my part? Without minimizing the value moderators provide, I don't see moderator questions or comments as being as critical to sustaining interesting conversations as the participation of readers of the text.

Message Edited by Peppermill on 01-08-2008 11:37 AM





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Re: Have a happy week off!

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LOL. I NEED an interregnum because I am currently editing my daughter's Masters dissertation!!!:smileysurprised:



pedsphleb wrote:
We only took Christmas week off (officially) and started again with book 5 Dec 31. Choisya, you're such an overachiever :smileytongue:



Choisya wrote:
Xmas engagements notwithwstanding, I had thought that the Middlemarch discussion had ended on the 31st December and that we were having an interregnum until we got our next book up and running?:smileyhappy: Is this not so?




Peppermill wrote:
Melissa -- I know that your schedule is "impossible", but I do want to ask, do we want to try to have a Middlemarch discussion for the remainder of January and, if so, how do we accomplish it?

In my opinion, Middlemarch is a well-written book that should sustain good discussion. But, attaining that discussion here on-line doesn't seem to be happening. I'm not certain "why." Are there other readers that are in a similar quandary, or is this just a book that some of us are glad B&N encouraged us enough that we are reading it and now let us just go and do that? Somehow, we as readers seem not to be stepping up to discussing this book -- or is that a mistaken impression on my part? Without minimizing the value moderators provide, I don't see moderator questions or comments as being as critical to sustaining interesting conversations as the participation of readers of the text.

Message Edited by Peppermill on 01-08-2008 11:37 AM









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Hi-

I am a newbie. Is this group still active?
Thanks, Deirdre
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Re: Middlemarch


readsalot777 wrote:
Hi-

I am a newbie. Is this group still active?
Thanks, Deirdre

Deirdre -- It certainly can be if some of us will make it so. At this point, I'm willing to respond to posts if I think I have something worth adding to the discussion, but I am not very with it for saying "Here's a thought. Anyone want to expand, challenge, LOL, ridicule, even agree, ....?"

Also, I think a few others are around who might respond to new postings.
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Re: Middlemarch

I'm at the bottom of Book 7 now, but I don't know where my mind is.



Peppermill wrote:

readsalot777 wrote:
Hi-

I am a newbie. Is this group still active?
Thanks, Deirdre

Deirdre -- It certainly can be if some of us will make it so. At this point, I'm willing to respond to posts if I think I have something worth adding to the discussion, but I am not very with it for saying "Here's a thought. Anyone want to expand, challenge, LOL, ridicule, even agree, ....?"

Also, I think a few others are around who might respond to new postings.


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Re: Have a happy week off!

Congrats to her :smileyhappy: I hope she does well.



Choisya wrote:
LOL. I NEED an interregnum because I am currently editing my daughter's Masters dissertation!!!:smileysurprised:



pedsphleb wrote:
We only took Christmas week off (officially) and started again with book 5 Dec 31. Choisya, you're such an overachiever :smileytongue:



Choisya wrote:
Xmas engagements notwithwstanding, I had thought that the Middlemarch discussion had ended on the 31st December and that we were having an interregnum until we got our next book up and running?:smileyhappy: Is this not so?




Peppermill wrote:
Melissa -- I know that your schedule is "impossible", but I do want to ask, do we want to try to have a Middlemarch discussion for the remainder of January and, if so, how do we accomplish it?

In my opinion, Middlemarch is a well-written book that should sustain good discussion. But, attaining that discussion here on-line doesn't seem to be happening. I'm not certain "why." Are there other readers that are in a similar quandary, or is this just a book that some of us are glad B&N encouraged us enough that we are reading it and now let us just go and do that? Somehow, we as readers seem not to be stepping up to discussing this book -- or is that a mistaken impression on my part? Without minimizing the value moderators provide, I don't see moderator questions or comments as being as critical to sustaining interesting conversations as the participation of readers of the text.

Message Edited by Peppermill on 01-08-2008 11:37 AM









Message Edited by Choisya on 01-08-2008 07:24 PM


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Re: Have a happy week off!

Pepper -

I'm still around, but I'm not up to schedule so I'm just posting as I read books. In fact, today I have off and I was planning on spending a good chunk of it in Middlemarch. I'm enjoying the book thoroughly, but I know I'm not the most consistent poster. As I type my bookmark is in Book IV, if that gives you some idea of where I am

I agree that moderators don't propel discussion (or shouldn't). It's what the readers bring to the discussion. I'm not sure if anyone else is still around, but I'll certainly continue as I read.
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Re: Kaffeeklatsch 2

I'm going to close this thread and start a new community room thread called "Barnes and Noble Cafe - Welcome to Literature by Women" or something like that (I think Kaffeeklatsch 2 was a bit confusing and wasn't obvious as the community room).
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