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Old 12-01-2012, 12:31 AM   #91
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Finished. Couldn't put it down, 'cept when i had to. Since this isn't the time or thread to post analysis, I'll just speak in regard to the concerns we had about choosing it...

I thought it was sad, but not a gratuitously maudlin downer like some GR reviewers posted. Like some historical fiction that necessarily has its tragedies and sad endings, it's still well worth reading, IMO.

I'll likely read it again in a few weeks, as I didn't stop to write out my thoughts along the way this time -- and it's a book that provokes a lot of thought and fodder for discussion.

I thought the writing was superb - a tragic story beautifully told, with no drag in the flow.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:37 AM   #92
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Finished. Couldn't put it down, 'cept when i had to. Since this isn't the time or thread to post analysis, I'll just speak in regard to the concerns we had about choosing it...

I thought it was sad, but not a gratuitously maudlin downer like some GR reviewers posted. Like some historical fiction that necessarily has its tragedies and sad endings, it's still well worth reading, IMO.

I'll likely read it again in a few weeks, as I didn't stop to write out my thoughts along the way this time -- and it's a book that provokes a lot of thought and fodder for discussion.

I thought the writing was superb - a tragic story beautifully told, with no drag in the flow.
Well that is really encouraging. Thanks for that.
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Ethan Frome is a very good book. Don't listen to the naysayers
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:45 AM   #94
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I started it and it really seems like good story telling to me. I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy Ethan more than I would have the Robots! By that I'm not saying I think the other book is bad. Just that this one is more to my liking. I really dislike it when people categorically call things bad just because it's not in a category they like! I hate romance books, there for I don't read them. That does not mean they are bad!
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I've just downloaded both...really want to read I, Robot sometime anyway. Cory Doctorow has a free download short story celebrating Asimov's I, Robot...would be cool to do a comparison.

I'll pour a glass of wine, get a box of tissues, and settle in for our December read.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:56 PM   #96
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I think Ethan Frome is the perfect book to read as the world ends during the Mayan Apocalypse.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #97
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I think Ethan Frome is the perfect book to read as the world ends during the Mayan Apocalypse.
It's the perfect book to save until December 22, 2012. Because if the world does end, at least you can say you never read it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #98
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I'm going to put my .01 cent in and cast a vote for Ethan Frome.
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You got gypped and overpaid.
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I am currently reading Ethan Frome. It's well written and I enjoy reading it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:52 AM   #101
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I haven't participated in the book clubs for a while, but thanks to Jon's recommendations I think I'll give Ethan Frome a try. I only need one more book to hit my 75 for the year and I'd like to finish on a classic.
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I haven't participated in the book clubs for a while, but thanks to Jon's recommendations I think I'll give Ethan Frome a try. I only need one more book to hit my 75 for the year and I'd like to finish on a classic.
Hope you enjoy it. I really liked it.
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I liked Ethan Frome, too. Read it a couple of weeks before it was nominated, so then I read Cold Comfort Farm and this week The Good Earth. I may even re-read Crime and Punishment before the next round of nominations. Really enjoy the book club and the books I might never have read without it.
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...and this week The Good Earth.
Tell me what you think of this one when you're done.
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I liked Ethan Frome, too. Read it a couple of weeks before it was nominated, so then I read Cold Comfort Farm and this week The Good Earth. I may even re-read Crime and Punishment before the next round of nominations. Really enjoy the book club and the books I might never have read without it.
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Tell me what you think of this one when you're done.
I read Ethan Frome recently, and as I have stated here before I liked it. I also read Good Earth very recently and really enjoyed it. Of course that book was the principal inspiration for Pearl S Buck being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

I am about half way through Cold Comfort Farm at the moment. It is hilarious. Very small bit of it:

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Mrs Smiling’s second interest was her collection of brassières, and her search for a perfect one. She was reputed to have the largest and finest collection of these garments in the world. It was hoped that on her death it would be left to the nation.

She was an authority on the cut, fit, colour, construction and proper functioning of brassières; and her friends had learned that her interest, even in moments of extreme emotional or physical distress, could be aroused and her composure restored by the hasty utterance of the phrase:

‘I saw a brassière today, Mary, that would have interested you …’
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