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Which Book Shall We Read?
Jerusalem by Alan Moore
40%
 40%  [ 2 ]
A Handmaid's Tale by Margret Atwood
40%
 40%  [ 2 ]
The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
20%
 20%  [ 1 ]
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Something Else by Someone Else
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:11 pm    Post subject: Sinfest Book Club Possibly Mibbe Perhaps Like? Reply with quote

Ambitiously, I presume that some Sinfest Forum users can read English. I'm learning it write the noo. And getting betterer at it everyday.

Is anyone up for a 50 Page A Week book club? Open to suggestions for what to go for first.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm game!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i should be able to manage 50 pages/week - just have to get over this sudden nasty addition to doing jigsaw puzzles on my cell.

i would vote against "handmaid's tale" only because i have read it - there are some other margaret atwoods that i hear are good. but if everyone else wants to, i could read it again (if i can find my copy and stop worrying that it keeps hitting too close to home).


actually, i should re-read "it can't happen here"....
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it's a split decision - only two registered voters mind, both going for Atwood. (Edit: that's actually a unanimous decision, and therefore the opposite of a split decision, and I'm an idiot).

I'm listening to the audiobook at the moment (narrated by the always wonderful Clare Danes), but I'll get a paper copy if anyone's up for a - shall we say Thursday? - chatter?

Listen, we're a small group - I might do Atwood & Flann O'Brien simultaneously, and really dig into some book group type stuff when my work season ends in November.

The one thing I'm high on with A Handmaid's Tale is how quickly everything seems to have come about; clearly the narrator recalls 'present-day freedom' and yet she's still a young woman with most her life ahead ... I think if I'd read this book twenty years ago I'd have laughed at the idea of a huge social change happening so quickly, but politics is so right-wing now (and so hugely polarised), that it actually seems way more credible, and scary.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK - need to find my copy, but i can remember the book pretty well.

it's funny, i remember thinking when i was reading it how very, very, easy it seemed like it could happen, if people with the ...well, "right" isn't the correct word, but a certain political will got in. cut a person's access to money (and nowadays i do _everything_ with my atm card), and you have really crippled them.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twenty years ago, life / politics seemed like everything would get better. I don't know whether it was 9/11 2001 or the late summer of 2008 economic collapse that ruined everything.

Stuff seemed more positive in 2000 mind. Cool Brittania and all that.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've already read it. Looking forward to the discussion.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll give this one a pass; totally outmisogyned at the moment. Also, kinda broke. Next time, hopefully.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i checked jerusalem just now because there was something on NPR i think yesterday that i heard while i was half asleep and what i think i heard sounded interesting - something about drunken zebras and the past being still present? which reminded me of jack finney's stuff which i totally love. (was there a poll there before? i just noticed it).

and i will totally remember to look for "handmaid's tale" tonight.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in but I'm presently in 3 other books (and sometimes a play)

ok if I watch the movie instead?
kidding, you know that's a thing I do, I jest ya know hey why ya swinging your leg back no don't kick meeeeeeeeeeee
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, i finally found a copy of Handmaid's Tale....but I'm not sure i'm up for reading it. i think i need something mindlessly cheerful, but those things don't seem to be Literature.
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