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ConnieAnnKirk
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Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy:  June 2 - June 27, 2008 

Hello, Readers!

Welcome to The Mayor of Casterbridge Book Club, BN.com's Classics book selection for June, 2008.  I'm ConnieK, your moderator for this session, and I'm pleased to share this classic novel with you!  I look forward to our discussions over the next few weeks.

A few notes as we get started:

1.)  The book clubs like to provide discussion space for those who are currently reading the book as well as those who have finished the book.  I tend to organize the board such that the threads above the line on your screen (the line dividing the threads) will have threads that pace the reading fairly evenly.  Here, you will find threads labeled with chapter numbers.  Please keep discussion of the book to plot points that occur no later than those chapter numbers (that is, please avoid "spoilers," which is information about the plot from later in the book).  Please also avoid spoilers in your introductions or any other thread above the line.  This will keep discussion enjoyable for those who like to discuss as they read.

Threads below the line will be open for discussion of the book from anywhere in the book or from the book as a whole.  If you want to avoid spoilers, please avoid these threads when you visit the board.  If you have completed the book and wish to discuss it without worrying that your comments may spoil the book for readers who are not yet finished, feel free to post anywhere below the line.  You may also, certainly, post above the line if you have completed the book, but here please be mindful not to post spoilers for other readers.

Also, it's important that you know that starting threads is by no means limited to the moderator.  Please feel free to start threads on topics of interest to you from the book at any time!  We simply ask that you avoid starting threads that duplicate the same topics already on the board. 

2.)  The B&N Classics clubs normally use the B&N Classics editions of the novels.  This paperback copy is linked at the top right-hand corner of your screen.  You should know, however, that purchase of this edition is by no means necessary to join our discussion.   If I reference page numbers or illustrations, etc., however, you should know that this is the edition I am using.  I usually try to provide chapter numbers as well for the convenience of readers following along in other editions.  If you need help locating any particular passage I may reference at any time, please feel free to ask.

3.)  Finally, I am a moderator of this book club discussion, rather than an instructor.  Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the club or how it operates.  My job is to keep discussion flowing smoothly and cordially.  I am not necessarily an expert on the authors or texts we read.  By the same token, sometimes the B&N classics clubs attract such experts or those who have read the novel previously.  All levels of interpretations and expertise are welcome--please feel to share your impressions, no matter if this is the first time you are reading this book, or if you have studied it, or even taught it, before in a college course.

With those few guidelines out of the way, I hope you will feel free to jump right in! 

Happy Reading!

~ConnieK

 

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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

Is this a month long book discussion? I am weighing whether I would like to join this book discussion.
I also have a pile of books to read. Though, I like Thomas Hardy and read Jude the Obsure many years ago.
Thanks!!!
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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

Yes, it's a month long discussion. We've just started; plenty of time for you to jump in and participate!

I haven't quite figured out the BN schedule, but I think this club will go formally until the first Monday in July, when the new clubs start. But every club stays open, so you can still keep discussing long after the start of the July clubs, though the moderator may be off busy elsewhere.

johanna49 wrote:
Is this a month long book discussion? I am weighing whether I would like to join this book discussion.
I also have a pile of books to read. Though, I like Thomas Hardy and read Jude the Obsure many years ago.
Thanks!!!



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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

Hi, Johanna49--Welcome!  This book club will be moderated until June 27, but the message board will remain open after that time for further discussion if members would like to continue.
 
Hope that helps!
 
~ConnieK

johanna49 wrote:
Is this a month long book discussion? I am weighing whether I would like to join this book discussion.
I also have a pile of books to read. Though, I like Thomas Hardy and read Jude the Obsure many years ago.
Thanks!!!



~ConnieAnnKirk




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johanna49
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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

I am sorry I am going to pass this book discussion this time, but you may see me another time.
Thanks!!!
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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

No problem, Johanna49--Feel free to pop and out any time.
 
~ConnieK

johanna49 wrote:
I am sorry I am going to pass this book discussion this time, but you may see me another time.
Thanks!!!



~ConnieAnnKirk




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johanna49
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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

Connie,
Thank you again!!!
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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

[ Edited ]
Original post deleted.

I just realized that the plea I had entered for earlier posting of the future selections IS addressed in another thread. Thanks!

I was sorry not be able to join this discussion because The Mayor is definitely on my reading stack -- just not near enough to the top for June.


Pepper

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Re: Greetings and Guidelines from your Moderator

No problem, Pepper.  June is a busy time, and summer has started without a lot of people on vacation yet.  It's to be expected.  Better luck next time!
 
~ConnieK
 


Peppermill wrote:
Original post deleted.

I just realized that the plea I had entered for earlier posting of the future selections IS addressed in another thread. Thanks!

I was sorry not be able to join this discussion because The Mayor is definitely on my reading stack -- just not near enough to the top for June.


Pepper

Message Edited by Peppermill on 06-23-2008 01:09 PM


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