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 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: BOTM June 2017 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:03 pm 

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I ended up liking Commonwealth. I blame Bert. He was the one that needed to escape. He was a father who did not like to parent. He wanted Teresa to do it all. His third marriage ended too. Why I blame Bert mostly: He crashed a party. He brought a huge bottle of gin and squeezed oranges. He kissed Fi...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude - Ch. 19

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:51 pm 

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I forgot to mention the pit of shoes that was the only thing left from the people who disappeared. Was this image based on some real-life event? For those of you who understand Spanish, there is a song (actually a rap) that is performed by Calle 13. it's called Latinoamérica and I use it to introdu...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude - Ch. 19

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:35 pm 

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Thanks for a wonderful summary, Lady Jayne. So far this has been a very odd tale. Oh, yes, the tail. I won't be surprised if the last Buendía does have a tail. I don't know what to add to this. I don't like Gaston and don't trust him. I'm not sure what to make of Amarantha Ursula but she's going bac...

 Forum: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD Chapter Discussions   Topic: MOBY: Chapter 145: And You Know That

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:13 pm 

Replies: 9
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Lisa, ditto on what Lady Jayne said.

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: BOTM June 2017 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:12 pm 

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I'm certainly enjoying CW a lot more now that I switched to reading. I think the narration has a lot to do with it. In case that's my problem, I guess I'll give it another try. The paper book is waiting at the library for me. I was about to take the CD out today on my way to work. I couldn't figure...

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: Book of the Month for August 2017: Readers' Choice!

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:15 am 

Replies: 23
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It's been fun coming up with titles! Thanks, Lisa. Hard to decide which one. :thinking:

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: BOTM June 2017 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:28 pm 

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CorrieO, so glad that you're joining the BotM discussion. I find that even the times I'm not too enamored of a read, which are far and few between, I enjoy the discussion comments that everyone contributes. That makes it so much fun and enriching and makes me think of angles I didn't see on my own. ...

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: BOTM June 2017 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:53 pm 

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I switched to just reading and I can go quicker. I found I didn't enjoy the narration. It's going better. I managed to finish Commonwealth early. It is my first Ann Patchett book so I am curious to know how Commonwealth compares to her other works. I read Bel Canto a while back and it didn't grab me...

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: Book of the Month for August 2017: Readers' Choice!

Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:23 am 

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Here are some more suggestions: Fire from Heaven : Mary Renault (Historical fiction of Alexander the Great.) This is on my tbr list; I believe FfH will fulfill one of the category for a work from ancient times for the eclectic reading challenge. Alexander’s beauty, strength, and defiance were appare...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude Chapter 18

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:16 pm 

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I imagine Meme will return. What will she make of Aureliano.

oops. I think I wrote Meme but I meant Amarantha Ursula.

Nice post Naomi, with references to look for. I still have to finish the chapter before the next one comes along.

 Forum: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD Chapter Discussions   Topic: MOBY: Chapter 145: And You Know That

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:56 am 

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Thank you Lisa for giving us a wonderful summary to exit MOBY. Suec, I loved this ending too. “… Sassenach – I am the true home of your heart, and I know that.” He adds: “I have loved others, and I do love many, Sassenach – but you alone hold all my heart, whole in your hands,” he said softly. “And ...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude Chapter 18

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:01 pm 

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I'm not seeing a happy ending, in any case. Thanks for the summary, Demetria. Nicely done. This novel is so existential. It seems that all things are pointless. All the examples in this chapter point to a negative outlook on every value: family, faith, learning. There is death, corruption and decay....

 Forum: OTHER BOOKS WE LOVE   Topic: BOOKS: How Many Books Are You Reading Right Now?

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:25 pm 

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Finishing up this week: MOBY Soon to finish: One Hundred Years of Solitude by GGM; The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett; The Enigma of Francis Crawford by Scott Richardson; The Education of a Christian Prince by Erasmus (for our soon to be thread "What Lymond Read" in the Dorothy Dunnett f...

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: Book of the Month for August 2017: Readers' Choice!

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:06 pm 

Replies: 23
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DLT wrote:
NigheanDubh, that sounds like an interesting book - I will have to add it to my TBR list. At this rate I'll be reading six BOTMs in August!

I know, right? So many wonderful books.

 Forum: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD Chapter Discussions   Topic: MOBY Chapter 144 Visit to a Haunted Garden

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:53 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 175


I found it odd too that Claire would drip her blood on Malva's resting place. Not at all like our Claire from the early days. I suppose it was a peace offering of sorts for peace of mind and perhaps not intended as superstitious, but I listened to this chapter a few days ago and I'm not sure if Davi...
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