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View Poll Results: Which book should we read for the June Discussion?
Persuasion by Jane Austen 15 39.47%
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 23 60.53%
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:31 PM   #16
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Oh my gosh, I can't believe I made it back in time for the run-off! I decided to read the threads one by one, and just read the first round voting and was surprised that War of the Worlds didn't make it. Thank goodness! I wouldn't mind reading it, but it was pretty much last of what I would've liked to have read from the nominations and we just read Wells not too long ago (and I was thinking it had a good chance to win).

Anyway, then I opened this thread expecting to find a winner already determined, but the poll is still running, so yay. Of the two that made it, I'm definitely supporting Ivanhoe. I'd love to try it, and I've never been a big fan of Austen. At least Persuasion is one I haven't read though, if it should win. But my vote is for Ivanhoe.
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Oh my gosh, I can't believe I made it back in time for the run-off! ...Anyway, then I opened this thread expecting to find a winner already determined, but the poll is still running, so yay. ...
I knew there was a reason I was late starting the poll this month!
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Ivanhoe has won....Not sure if I will participate or not...
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Ivanhoe has won....Not sure if I will participate or not...
Well there is a film version. With Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca.
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Well there is a film version. With Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca.
...or the TV Version from the 80's that I grew up with.
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Free streaming for US Amazon Prime members.
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Ivanhoe won, but it was a close race. For the first couple of days, Persuasion was in the lead.

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Excellent news for us Prime members!
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Yes, that is good news. Thanks for the heads up!

But will watching it count for the book club??
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Hmmm - at another time, I would have been excited to have Ivanhoe as a book club read as it's definitely on my agenda to read this. But I just can't see me consuming a 500+ book on top of my other reads at the moment.

Have fun though. I'm sure it will be a great read.
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I'm going to give it a try ....completely missed it in Eng Lit class in high school...I chose Thomas Hardy instead. Plus, school just got out for the summer...so I'll have a little extra time to dive in. Just downloaded my copy from the the MobileRead Library: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32846 (PRC format)
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I'm going to give it a try ....completely missed it in Eng Lit class in high school...I chose Thomas Hardy instead. Plus, school just got out for the summer...so I'll have a little extra time to dive in. Just downloaded my copy from the the MobileRead Library: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32846 (PRC format)
Oh you poor thing - Thomas Hardy? That must've hurt.
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I'm going to give it a try ....completely missed it in Eng Lit class in high school...I chose Thomas Hardy instead. Plus, school just got out for the summer...so I'll have a little extra time to dive in. Just downloaded my copy from the the MobileRead Library: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32846 (PRC format)
I've downloaded that copy and it's on my Kindle.

The last time I read it was for my High School English class {too many years ago} and I was far more interested in scifi at that time {still am, for that matter}. Hence, it got a pretty cursory reading aimed at passing a test. This time I'll try to give it its due.
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Oh you poor thing - Thomas Hardy? That must've hurt.
It soooo did! It was a long time ago, but I don't want to read his books again, ever. I am looking forward to seeing what I missed in Ivanhoe.
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I was far more interested in scifi at that time {still am, for that matter}. Hence, it got a pretty cursory reading aimed at passing a test.
Me too...and so did Thomas Hardy (all 3 of the books), enough to do my paper anyway. Tess was the best of the lot.

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I recall reading Ivanhoe in my early adolescent years. I was at that time interested in reading every fictional novel covering the history of England, from the time of Roman-Celtic conflicts up until the story of “Bonnie Prince Charlie.” Looking back I would characterize almost all of those books as romance novels for teenage boys. Not being by Walter Scott, I imagine that most of them are no longer even in print.

So I wonder a great deal just how much Ivanhoe will now appeal to me. That and I had forgotten just how long that book is. So I am not sure that I will not make do this month with just watching the film again.
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