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View Poll Results: The MobileRead Literary Book Club June 2011 Vote
On The Beach by Nevil Shute 14 34.15%
Seven Japanese Tales by Junchiro Tanazaki 3 7.32%
A Question Of Upbringing by Anthony Powell 5 12.20%
The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov 14 34.15%
Persuasion by Jane Austen 5 12.20%
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:29 PM   #16
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Oh - I was hoping that it would be a novel of absolute and crushing despair. That's what I got out of the Australian production in 2000 and I was hoping to get the same thing from the novel.

Maybe I just like being miserable.
I long suspected this, and it's very close to being confirmed
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:15 PM   #17
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My vote goes to The Master And Margarita as it appears to have the only chance of coming in ahead of On the Beach.
That is not the way to vote. The way to vote is to vote for the book you most want to read.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:10 PM   #19
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:24 PM   #20
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I too voted for The Master and Margarita. Read On the Beach many, many years ago and didn't enjoy it much then.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:25 PM   #21
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I've read On the Beach. Very good book and well worth reading.
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:32 PM   #23
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I too voted for The Master and Margarita. Read On the Beach many, many years ago and didn't enjoy it much then.
Of On the Beach, Stanley Kramer made a good movie (1959), maybe with better appeal than the book.

Of Nevil Shute, over On the Beach, I prefer the foilleton A Town Like Alice, that has indeed a saga like catching story. The problem with Nevil Shute is that he often was "slightly" propagandist, although a with a happy hand as a writer.
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That is not the way to vote. The way to vote is to vote for the book you most want to read.
Actually addressing the list from the point of view books I have not read, or have read but would like to read again [in preference to a first read of any not yet read], The Master and Margarita does top my list. It is just not the book I would most like to discuss with other literary minded people here. No contradiction there. I have read Seven Japanese Tales so many times, cover to cover or just an individual story, that I need not read that to discuss it. So there you go.

As far as On the Beach (which I did read a long time ago) my opinion is that it is dated and of pulp fiction quality. Beppe is right in that there is the decent movie version out there to get the same story in, and in just over two hours.
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I just voted for Master and The Margarita. Anybody have any suggestions on which translation to read?
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I voted, but being a bit new around here I have kind of a weird question - how does the book club work?
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It will be a ridiculously hard choice as to what to vote for this month.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:39 PM   #28
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I voted... for the underdog (Seven Japanese Tales). I didn't set out to vote for the underdog, it just so happened that way. All of the books this month are quite appealing to me, though!
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I voted for A Question Of Upbringing but will be happy if either The Master And Margarita or Persuasion wins.
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I long suspected this, and it's very close to being confirmed
In all fairness to me, I can enjoy happy books too. But with your comment I went back to check the books I've read this year to make sure. Phew! Some happy books there.
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