04-24-2007 01:14 PM - edited 04-24-2007 01:14 PM
To help us all get to know each other as we discuss Burning Bright, feel free to post an introductory message in this area to tell us a bit about yourself.
Are you a longtime reader of Chevalier's novels, or is this your first? What drew you to our discussion? Who are some of your other favorite writers in this genre?
Message Edited by Amanda_R on 05-11-2007 03:46 PM
04-26-2007 09:33 AM
04-26-2007 07:29 PM
How daunting to start! First of all, thank you very much for this brilliant idea and great opportunity for all fans! It is nice to share interpretations and it is even more so when the author takes part in the discussion. I teach English in a high school near Paris, France and last year I completed a DEA (Master's Degree) about Tracy Chevalier's works precisely. It was a pleasure indeed to "unravel" her prose as it is rich and full of images and I spent 2 years reading her books all over again. At school, I studied "Girl with a Pearl Earring" with Year 13 students three years ago and it was a fantastic experience, which I hope to renew in the years to come. I feel it could become a classic in a while and I keep my fingers crossed so that it is part of the National Curriculum, whether in England, France or other countries pretty soon.
Yes, you are probably right! Girl with a pearl earring, probably will become a classic! Hi, I am Linda, from the old B&N University and loving this new format on barns and Noble bookclubs. I have read alot of Tracy's books and love them. Also I love fiction with a passion, some memoirs and some non fiction but mostly I am obsessed with fiction. I can make it so real in my mind, that I crave the stories. I am retired and can spend hours reading a great book. Of course, I have other interests,seven grandchildren, committee activities, scrapbooking, eating out, going on trips, so much to do since I retired three yrs ago. Happy reading to us all.
04-26-2007 10:22 PM
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04-27-2007 03:36 PM
Looking forward to chatting with you all -- Beth
04-27-2007 11:56 PM
I am from Middle Tennessee, an avid book reader by no means a English major or minor. Though from many years of reading all kinds of books, among my favorites are historical fiction. I have read many of Tracy's books so far my favorite is The Girl In Virgin Blue. The one thing I have to say after reading Tracy's books is none are alike or predictable and the research in her books makes each story so believable. After finishing her latest book Burning Bright today; I would recommend it as book worth reading and look forward to hearing everyone's opinions on her latest book.
04-28-2007 03:26 AM
I can't wait to get hold of this book.
I'm an Aussie mum of three.
04-28-2007 01:16 PM
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. ~ Francis Bacon
04-29-2007 01:46 AM
04-29-2007 05:41 PM
Hey there. My name is Val and I live in the Seattle area. This is my first time posting in the book club, so please be gentle. I have read all but this most recent of Tracy Chevalier's books and I have enjoyed them all immensely. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I really loved "Fallen Angels". I am a book addict and live by: "If I have a little money, I buy books. If I have any left over, I spend it on food and shelter." Okay, maybe not to that extent since I'm married with two kids, but I'm pretty darn close.
04-30-2007 02:20 PM
My name is Kathy and I live in Orange, California. I work at a large church in the Worship and Music Ministries Department.
I LOVE to read and I love to discuss what I'm reading, so I'm ready to go!
04-30-2007 02:47 PM
I have read (and loved) all of Tracy Chevalier's books, but without question my favorite was "The Virgin Blue". It is in fact my second favorite book of all time (second only to "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.)
I am both a new mother and a new writer! I am very excited to get the chance to talk with all of you and Ms. Chevalier about this book, I am almost finished with it!
04-30-2007 04:23 PM
I am flattered but also daunted that you put The Virgin Blue next to Pride and Prejudice! Yikes!
04-30-2007 04:35 PM
The Virgin Blue was an incredibly written book, while I love Pride and Prejudice, The Virgin Blue was the book that inspired me to start writing! I can't say enough about it, and for those of you who haven't read it yet, it's a MUST!
04-30-2007 11:03 PM
(The other is The Thirteenth Tale).