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Wow, we're already halfway through the reading time for The Time Traveler's Wife! Let's discuss a little.. how far along are you, and what are your thoughts so far?
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Okay, so according to the poll this is just for travelphilejen and I, but oh well! The rest of you can feel free to chime in with thoughts on the topics even if you didn't read the books, or just read parts of them.

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Hi guys. I just stayed up til 2am last night finishing "Memoirs of a Geisha" because I could not put it down. And I thought I'd discuss just so you guys know I'm not dead and that I'm trying to participate! Haha...

I wasn't very critical of the writing style. I liked the narrative, and it never bothered me that the narrator was a Japanese woman, while the author was an American man. It just seemed to fit, and to flow nicely. I did notice at first that he kept saying things like, "as I learned years later," as if just to remind us that it was a memoir, which wasn't really necessary. That's my only criticism.

I Looooooved the story line. People said they had trouble getting into it, but I was hooked from the first page. I love stories that start with childhood and go into adulthood, like "Wicked" and others. It makes the details of the story later on more interesting if they can be connected to something from childhood that seemed so mundane at the time.

I liked the genre. I like reading about different cultures, but it was presented in a way that was still relatable because of the emotional content of Sayuri especially. I don't know much of the history, but nothing stood out that made me like, "that can't be true!"

I saw the movie twice in the theater, and I didn't even know it was a book until I saw it in the credits, but I wanted to read it immediately. I absolutely loved the movie, which may account for why I love the book so much. I would still reccommend both the movie and the book. The end of the book was much sadder, I thought. The movie didn't make it clear that the chairman was married, and that his relationship with Sayuri could never be anything but that of a mistress. And the change of times, from before and after the war, to the gap in culture and generations between the US and Japan, was much more apparent in the book and made more of an emotional impact on me. I cried at the end!! I'm a sap. :-)

I hope I can participate on a book or two in the summer, when the semester's over. Happy reading!

-Dot
Current Location:
Potsdam, NY - my dorm room
Current Music:
Aida
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i love to read and have too much to do to join a book-club that actually has scheduled meetings, ta da, my discovery of this great community. i looked a bunch that came up from searching "bookclub" and liked the cyber cafe's style so here i am.

i am from long island and you can call me misty. gosh, as for my favorite book there are far too many. some of my "current" favorites are his dark materials trilogy (golden compass, subtle knife, amber spyglass), american childhood, revolutionary road, count of monte cristo, the unicorn sonata, sophie's world, all the harry potter's (5 is my favorite so far), why paintings are like pizza. i could go on...

aside: i have in fact recently read the time traveler's wife, as i see it is up for the next discussions and so look forward to seeing the rist posts

i would recommend "the poisonwood bible" for the to-be-read list. i have been meaning to read it but never got a copy and feel that is would be a great book to discuss from all that i have heard about it.

guess that's it from this soapbox for today. feel free to reply to my note to say "hi."

thanks again for starting this group. :)
Current Location:
brooklyn museum (where i work)
Current Mood:
excited bookworm-ish
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I'm excited about the unanimous approval for The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger! That's what we'll be reading in the forst half of April for sure, so go ahead and buy it!

Also, Kelly's asked me to run the discussion for a while, and I was wondering who's read either or both of the books that are up right now. The read-by date is still a few days away, but I was just wondering how many of us I'm gearing the discussion toward. So..

I'm reading-

Freakonomics
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Class
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Both
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Neither
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I think italiansweetie and I have switched and my turn to pick a book is coming up next week. I'm leaning toward The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Nessinger. I just read it a couple weeks ago and I loved it, so I think you all will too! There were a couple others I was considering- the new Jodi Piccoult book, or My Name is Charlotte Simmons, but I didn't think either of those were quite as good.

My only hesitation is that I'd really love to see more of us participating, so if there's something that more of us would read, I'd go with that instead. I'm open to pretty much anything!

Are you interested in reading The Time Traveler's Wife

Yes, I'll read it.
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No, but I'd read another book. (Make a suggestion in the comments)
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No, but I wouldn't read another book either.
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I'll decide in the next day or two so those of you who want to order it used will have time to do that!
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Is anyone else reading Freakonomics? His theory about abortion and the crime rate is interesting.
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Taken from Class, page 21

There seems no place where higherarchial status-orderings aren't discoverable. In a symphony orchestra the customary ranking of sections recognizes the difficulty and degree of subtlety of various kinds of insturments: strings are on top, woodwinds just below, then brass, and then, at the bottom, percussion.

Since the majority of members here happen to be musicians, I thought this would be an interesting discussion. What do you think of this quote? Is music ranked by "class"?

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Keep in mind while you're reading Paul Fussell's Class - he makes a lot of cultural references that are outdated. In some cases, you may have to take some of what he says with a grain of salt. For instance, there's one part where he writes that purple is a low-class color...purple has become very popular, esp in home decor, over the past 20 years. Also, preppy chic (which he also refers to) has gone from common, to outdated, to retro cool since this book was written. Just something to keep in mind!
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Check this over and if you don't agree with something, or you have to cancel, please leave a reply here.


April 5th-19th: italiansweetie
April 20th-May 3rd: jadeviolet
May 4th-18th: hilobeans
May 19th-June 3rd: saioboepedge
June 4th-18th: loki_quinn
June 19th-July 3rd: somuchmine
July 5th (skip the 4th of July b/c I'm sure nobody's gonna want to post on a holiday)-19th: travelphilejen
July 20th-August 3rd: sucrets4
August 4th-18th: dolcedaze
August 19th-September 3rd: starlit_song102


Please have your book picked out at least a week before the start-by date, to give people enough time to get their books in time for the discussion. I didn't provide for any down-time in between, so it's important to plan ahead. Again, if you would rather not participate, please reply to this post ASAP so I can correct the schedule.
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