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View Poll Results: December 2011 MobileRead Book Club Vote (Classics)
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 4 5.06%
The Iliad by Homer 7 8.86%
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 13 16.46%
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 9 11.39%
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 2 2.53%
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence 2 2.53%
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 12 15.19%
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 10 12.66%
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 11 13.92%
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 9 11.39%
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:58 PM   #106
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Issynbird, would you be willing to start a thread for the Iliad, about a day or two before everyone should start reading it? That way it would gave everyone/anyone who is interested a chance to plan for it.
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That sounds like a plan. I don't even know how long the Iliad is, but I like your idea of reading and discussing in chunks; could be interesting.
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I'm up for reading and discussing the Iliad. <snip> So starting the Iliad next year sounds good. I downloaded the Epub version from MR and on my reader it comes out at about 1,100 pages. As far as timing why don't we start with Issybird's suggestion and adjust weekly if needed to keep enough of the group current?
Here's where I am: The Iliad has 24 books. I thought if we read it in six books a week chunks it wouldn't seem so formidable; it would be about one book a day if someone wanted to approach it that way. I also thought an ongoing discussion would lend interest and provide encouragement to keep up. But we could always make it four books a week and plan on taking six weeks, if people thought that was more manageable.

How about the second Monday in January (January 9, 2012) to start the discussion? It would be out of sync with both other clubs and people wouldn't have to start reading until after the holidays. I'd be glad to start the thread a week earlier, to kick things off.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:09 PM   #107
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Here's where I am: The Iliad has 24 books. I thought if we read it in six books a week chunks it wouldn't seem so formidable; it would be about one book a day if someone wanted to approach it that way. I also thought an ongoing discussion would lend interest and provide encouragement to keep up. But we could always make it four books a week and plan on taking six weeks, if people thought that was more manageable.

How about the second Monday in January (January 9, 2012) to start the discussion? It would be out of sync with both other clubs and people wouldn't have to start reading until after the holidays. I'd be glad to start the thread a week earlier, to kick things off.
Four books a week and January 9th sounds good to me, if the others agree.

Also, even though I have a copy (or two), I think I'll download the one from here, as they tend to be a much better copy than the PD books from Amazon.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:14 PM   #108
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I'm up for reading and discussing the Iliad. At the moment though there are two books on my next to read list with these followed by the yet unselected books for the afternoon and evening book clubs at my local library. Then there is the The MobileRead Literary Book Club for December (assuming there is one ). So starting the Iliad next year sounds good. I downloaded the Epub version from MR and on my reader it comes out at about 1,100 pages. As far as timing why don't we start with Issybird's suggestion and adjust weekly if needed to keep enough of the group current?

Whose are you using? I found one created by RWood and one created by crich70, both of which are .prc (since I have a Kindle).
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Whose are you using? I found one created by RWood and one created by crich70, both of which are .prc (since I have a Kindle).
I haven't decided. I'd like to read the Lattimore translation and I'd happily pay (a reasonable sum) for the ebook version, but it's not available. I may decide to read it in pbook.
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I haven't decided. I'd like to read the Lattimore translation and I'd happily pay (a reasonable sum) for the ebook version, but it's not available. I may decide to read it in pbook.
I decided on crich70's ebook since his has both The Iliad and The Odyssey. The Iliad is translated by Alexander Pope.
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Not sure I'm going to read A Christmas Carol (unless I can find the Mr Magoo version in print ), as I'm a bit Caroled out. I'll see if the Christmas spirit hits me in December...
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Is Lattimore supposed to be the best translation? How is the Pope translation? I haven't researched yet, but I'll be looking for a good translation and hopefully also a version with good annotations (how I love annotations ). Hopefully there will be a satisfactory ebook version but if not I may buy a pbook.
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Is Lattimore supposed to be the best translation? How is the Pope translation? I haven't researched yet, but I'll be looking for a good translation and hopefully also a version with good annotations (how I love annotations ). Hopefully there will be a satisfactory ebook version but if not I may buy a pbook.
crich70's version comes with linked annotations...whether they're good or not, however, I do not know.
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Everyone should choose the translation they prefer, or to which they have access. The variety might actually add something to discussions. Myself, I'm going with the Fagle translation. It's the easiest for me to read. It flows best. For a first-time read, accessibility is my primary concern.

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Although it's boring as hell if there's a clear lead from start to finish .
If there are two or three books that get a good enough jump start, when the vote is open, the rest may as well never have been nominated.
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I, for one, am glad Christmas Carol won. It's been sitting on my shelf since I was gifted it several years ago when I was in a production of it and I've never read it, so it'll be good to finally get around to it.

This Iliad reading project sounds interesting too. I read it in school, so it'd be interesting to read it again. I don't know if I still have my school copy (or what translation it was), and my English Lit notes; I'll have to see if I can find them.
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So it's a Christmas Carol is it? That's actually what I thought would win, though I thought the margin would be much bigger than what it was.

I am surprised at how many votes Lolita received. I guess JSWolf's campaigning really paid off.
It's just sick and sad that so many want to read pedophilia. It's not literature or classic anything. It's just a book about rape of a minor. Since it didn't win, it's time to drop this topic and get onto something better.
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Only two days left for the Voting Polls: Always hidden, or alternate? Run-off poll!!

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36 people voted in the first poll, but only 22 have voted, so far, in the run-off!
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Awww - I'll read A Christmas Carol. It wouldn't be my choice for my first foray into Dickens (always expected it to be A Tale of Two Cities).

But I'm not unhappy that it won.

To tell you the truth, there's quite a number of books on the list I would have been quite happy to read:

The Scarlet Letter
A Christmas Carol
The Age of Innocence
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lolita
Heart of Darkness
To the Lighthouse


All would have been fine for me.
Some of the others, I'm also interested in - but not right now.

Which site has the best formatted version of A Christmas Carol?
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