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If we're going to do this next month, we need to get cracking! Once I get some other suggestions -- which I'm sure I will (AHEM.) -- I'll create another poll.
22 October 2008 in The Big Read IV: The Lottery | Permalink
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Dude: we said light reading, remember? FUNNY? I'm thinking The Lottery and Ivanhoe might not be high on the scale of amusing. However. Ivanhoe. Huh. I missed that one in school.
Okay, okay, thinking.
22 October 2008 at 02:55 PM
(Although if we're doing not funny, we can do one of C.S. Lewis' SF novels, or Virginia Woolf's Orlando.)
22 October 2008 at 02:56 PM
(Ooh! Ooh! Once we said we'd do that L.M. Montgomery... um... The Blue something... Wait, let me find it...)
22 October 2008 at 02:58 PM
The Blue Castle
Nic Dempsey |
22 October 2008 at 06:23 PM
Oh! Can I second The Blue Castle? I love that book so much!
22 October 2008 at 08:27 PM
The Blue Castle sounds pretty good, though I am not an AOGG fan. I've never read Candide or Lucky Jim, but I hear they're funny. And I can ALWAYS re-read Cold Comfort Farm. My list vote is Ivanhoe. Please, please not The Lottery.
22 October 2008 at 08:59 PM
Oops. I forgot about that light reading thing. Ivanhoe is light! And also rad. For reals. And The Lottery has 25 stories in it, which works out to about one a weekday for the month of November. Titus Groan, I have no real defense for, other than that I've wanted to read it for a really long time.
I want to read The Blue Castle, too, but is it the sort of book that lends itself to a longterm Big Read? Is it one for which we should maybe do a shorter week-long Mini Read? (I haven't read it*, so that's a serious question.)
I read Cold Comfort Farm pretty recently, but that would have been a great choice for a comic novel. A patron took Lucky Jim out a while back and he said it was supposed to be hilarious. I wasn't there when he brought it back, though, so I don't know what his verdict was. It did turn up on that Cracked list, though.
*I know, I know.
23 October 2008 at 07:21 AM
Ivanhoe is light? For serious?
I don't know how long The Blue Castle is, either...
23 October 2008 at 02:35 PM
The Blue Castle goes pretty quickly. And I luuurves it. (I have read it about 5 times, though, so maybe not the most appropriate Big Read for me...)
Electric Landlady |
23 October 2008 at 02:51 PM
The Eragon series!!! LOVE these books--they might be in the young adult section, but-um, they are 700 pages each (about) and written as well as any other book I've ever read. EVER.
23 October 2008 at 04:37 PM
uhh well we could do light yet dignified and read vanity fair. Thats a really good book and I found that not everything goes right over your head in it... just a suggestion. Otherwise Ivanhoe could be good, I did see the movie when I was in the 8th grade.
23 October 2008 at 07:31 PM
Titus Groan! Titus Groan!
(I hated Lucky Jim. It's from the humiliation school of humor and I just can't deal with that. Also, I'm a reluctant academic, so . . . you know, a lot of the satire isn't actually satire.)
24 October 2008 at 10:24 AM
The Blue Castle! I don't think it would count as a mini-read, but definitely quicker than A Tale of Two Cities.
25 October 2008 at 02:48 PM
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