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View Poll Results: February 2011 Mobile Read Book Club Vote
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 7 7.87%
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 8 8.99%
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence 6 6.74%
Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence 4 4.49%
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 4 4.49%
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 9 10.11%
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold 8 8.99%
A Room With A View by E. M. Forster 21 23.60%
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 15 16.85%
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 7 7.87%
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #46
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Maybe that's the problem. I gave up reading "literature" the day after graduation. Nothing but fun reading for the rest of my life. I think it ws that last semester when I had to do a last Victorian lit course that pushed me over the edge. My dislike for all things Jane Austen turned to hate. And this book struck a lot of those same nerves.

If you don't care for classics, that's definitely the issue.

I mostly read genre fiction, but I also love Dickens, DH Lawrence, and Jane Austen.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:45 AM   #47
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"Room with a view" is a social comedy where Forster satirises over the bourgeoise narrow-mindedness of the British upper-middle class. He didn't much like that attitude himself and he is generally merciless in the way he display his characters.
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I think the point is that she changes.
Exactly.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:17 AM   #48
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Wow - some pretty harsh sentiments already.

I think it's not hard to see that the author is poking fun at the British upper classes. Before I read this, I had no knowledge of this book whatsoever. I thought it was going to be a romance, rather than a lampooning of the British uppers.

Funny thing is that I've seen slightly updated versions of Miss Bartlett in my lifetime. This makes the story far from outdated in my mind and it allows me to enjoy the roast.

However, I'm only about 20 pages or so in at the stage, so there's more to discover yet.

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:55 AM   #49
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Shouldn't these comments wait for the discussion thread? I'm still finishing off the D'Artagnan Romances before I can get to this book.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:20 AM   #50
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Shouldn't these comments wait for the discussion thread?
I agree.

I'm starting the book today. I apparently have to read approximately 200 location points a day to be ready on the 20th. I have no idea what that means in real time, though. I wish there was a location number to page number converter.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:22 PM   #51
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Shouldn't these comments wait for the discussion thread? I'm still finishing off the D'Artagnan Romances before I can get to this book.
Yea...

Don't make my pull this thread over!

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Old 02-01-2011, 05:24 PM   #52
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Sorry - guys. My first book club month. Didn't realise the 20th was a strict rule.

20th is a long time to wait just to discuss the book though. I'll probably be several books down the track by the time I'm allowed to say anything. Usually my desire to discuss in detail is strongest when I'm reading or just after I've finished. The further from the book I get, the more generalised my discussion would tend to become.

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Sorry - guys. My first book club month. Didn't realise the 20th was a strict rule.

20th is a long time to wait just to discuss the book though. I'll probably be several books down the track by the time I'm allowed to say anything. Usually my desire to discuss in detail is strongest when I'm reading or just after I've finished. The further from the book I get, the more generalised my discussion would tend to become.

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It's not really a big deal... it happens a lot. A tip would be to write down your thoughts and musings as you read in a document somewhere... then when the discussion thread opens up you can just post your message in.

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Old 02-01-2011, 05:53 PM   #54
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I was just thinking maybe I should read the book club book closer to the 20th, then I can just launch into the discussion as soon as I've finished.

Just a bit of lateral thinking required.

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Old 02-06-2011, 06:41 PM   #55
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Caleb, that was probably the only good passage in this stinker of a book. Unfortunately, the unbearable and intolerant little twit quickly goes right back to her prejudices. I equated Lucy with a Paris Hilton type.

Is this mess of a book supposed to be satire as well as social commentary? Where is the romance?
I figured after reading A Passage to India that Forester was a stay the heck away from author and this just proves how correct I was. I tried to warn people. Oh well. They'll just have to learn on their own.
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So if A Room With a View is not romance, then why was it allowed to be voted on?
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:24 AM   #57
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Well I just read it and it did seem to be a romance to me. The central plot line is who a girl will marry, and why.
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I figured after reading A Passage to India that Forester was a stay the heck away from author and this just proves how correct I was. I tried to warn people. Oh well. They'll just have to learn on their own.
Can't you just hold off on the comments about author/book/other works until the 20th? Please?
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I've been made a bit apprehensive by comments saying how awful E. M. Forster's works are. I'm very much not a reader of the romance genre, but I wanted to try something new and A Room With A View sounded interesting -- romance with a good dash of social satire -- thus it got my vote. Plus, even though the genre is different, I really enjoyed Forster's short story The Machine Stops. I'm fairly optimistic that I'll enjoy A Room With a View, now that I'm getting around to starting it. Reasonable thinking, yes?
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E. M. Forster is not awful at all, and I'd also say there is no question whether he's a good author or not, he is very widely considered a great author, but he's also a literary author and his works are about 100 years old - it can't be to the taste of everyone.
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