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Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
30 Mar 2013, 11:51 AM | Post: #31

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

Yes, I agree with the last few posters. I really loved reading Dickens at school (although I never took to Hardy) but I don't want to re-visit him now. I still re-read Jane Austen from time to time, often in response to the various film and tv adaptations, but I find her style easier than Dickens - Georgian simplicity vs Victorian fussiness, I suppose!
My other reading seems to get more and more lightweight! - so perhaps the Book Club could gently encourage me to read something a bit 'better'!!
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30 Mar 2013, 11:55 AM | Post: #32

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I am enjoying this month's choice, but I don't feel like I am picking up my kindle as much as I normally would.
When I'm actually reading it, I don't want to put it down, but it's not very "pick-up-able"
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Offline Notoriety Reading Five Days in May by Andrew Adonis
30 Mar 2013, 01:11 PM | Post: #33

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

Maybe it just comes and goes a bit.  Nobody likes everything - there was very "light" book I abandoned when it got to the farting zombies fairly early on (fortunately) as some may recall and a couple of books I didn't even start.  Definitions of "light" may also vary.  Linda Gillard's Emotional Geology was very widely discussed as was Rosen's short story collection Seesaw but they were both fairly traumatic at times.  It's not always length that's the problem - The Gift of Rain was fairly long but popular - but time is a real restriction for some.  Writing style might be the issue for some and the mere suggestion of Middlemarch (wonderful book!) is said to have been the destruction of several Bookclubs.  Possibly one advantage of not meeting face to face means that we can opt out of a genre we don't like without feeling that we are snubbing people or being anti-social. 

I think it's hard enough to run one ballot effectively per month let alone two.  Why don't we just remember what people's reactions have been - posted or silent and think about our next votes.  Perhaps those who found Jude not their cup of tea should vigorously promote other choices next time!  As he would say: "De gustibus non est disputandum".  (Don't bother getting into a punch-up over differences of taste).

BTW is Suzanne giving up organising the Bookclub?

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Offline Happy Reader Reading The Last Queen of England by Steve Robinson
30 Mar 2013, 02:32 PM | Post: #34

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I must say I had to laugh at  Middlemarch being the end of many a book club.  I have read it and can understand it is such a door stopper.

My reading is appalling at the moment.  I have put down two books  one was one of the Dotsy Lamb series. I was a quarter way through and realised that I should have started at the 1st one.  I was also reading a book on the Princes in the Tower by Elizabeth Jenkins and gave up because I had trouble with the style.  I have finally settled on The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill.  Fingers crossed that I stick to it.

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Offline Mel Armstrong Reading Gray Justice by Alan Mcdermott
30 Mar 2013, 08:53 PM | Post: #35

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I was hoping I would enjoy this book more the further I got into it. Sadly I'm finding it hard going. I'm reading it during breaks at work, probably not giving it a fair go :-!
Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
31 Mar 2013, 06:16 PM | Post: #36

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

Interesting Barry. I confess I gave up on Jude because I felt the need for something lighter. However, I'm not interested in reviewing chick lit or similarly light reading. I think the point of a book club is to have a book that makes you think and has enough substance to make it worth discussing.

Still, I'm now no longer part of the Mod or book club in the sense of having a say, so let's see what transpires. I feel the book club is lacking in members who really want to take part in a good discussion, so maybe this will change things. Smile
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Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
31 Mar 2013, 06:20 PM | Post: #37

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

(30 Mar 2013 01:11 PM)Notoriety Wrote:  Maybe it just comes and goes a bit.  Nobody likes everything - there was very "light" book I abandoned when it got to the farting zombies fairly early on (fortunately) as some may recall and a couple of books I didn't even start.  Definitions of "light" may also vary.  Linda Gillard's Emotional Geology was very widely discussed as was Rosen's short story collection Seesaw but they were both fairly traumatic at times.  It's not always length that's the problem - The Gift of Rain was fairly long but popular - but time is a real restriction for some.  Writing style might be the issue for some and the mere suggestion of Middlemarch (wonderful book!) is said to have been the destruction of several Bookclubs.  Possibly one advantage of not meeting face to face means that we can opt out of a genre we don't like without feeling that we are snubbing people or being anti-social. 

I think it's hard enough to run one ballot effectively per month let alone two.  Why don't we just remember what people's reactions have been - posted or silent and think about our next votes.  Perhaps those who found Jude not their cup of tea should vigorously promote other choices next time!  As he would say: "De gustibus non est disputandum".  (Don't bother getting into a punch-up over differences of taste).

BTW is Suzanne giving up organising the Bookclub?

Tony

Yes Tony! I'm no longer a Mod, I just don't have the time anymore.
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Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
02 May 2013, 09:21 PM | Post: #38

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

It's a long time since anyone mentioned the Book Club. Are we all too busy to bother?
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Offline Mel Armstrong Reading Gray Justice by Alan Mcdermott
03 May 2013, 05:00 PM | Post: #39

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I thought people had just given up reading Jude The Obscure.
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03 May 2013, 05:48 PM | Post: #40

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I admit I have. I'm not saying I'll never finish it. I will if every author on kuf stops releasing new books so I can finish my immediate TBR pile and get to it Big GrinBig GrinBig GrinBig GrinBig Grin

Wasn't I supposed to be in charge of the book club now hahaha
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