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View Poll Results: Which book shall we read for April?
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 8 19.51%
The American Senator by Anthony Trollope 12 29.27%
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes 6 14.63%
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 7 17.07%
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles 4 9.76%
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 19 46.34%
Animal Farm by George Orwell 16 39.02%
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek 6 14.63%
All Men Are Mortal by Simone de Beauvoir 7 17.07%
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper 7 17.07%
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:14 PM   #46
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Anyone interested in The Last of the Mohicans needs to read Mark Twain's essay, Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses. I read it at an impressionable age and it cured me of any desire to read his works.

Since people are revealing their voting strategy, I'll admit that I voted for my preference of the two front-runners and the books I really would like to read!
Oh dear, and I thirded it and voted for it! I didn't know that one of my heroes would disapprove.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:45 PM   #47
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A Study in Scarlet is now two votes ahead. I hope it wins. Animal Farm is a great book, but Holmes is always so verly much fun to read and discuss.
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A Study in Scarlet it is.

I've heard the story as a full cast audio play (both Norwegian and English versions, I think), but I haven't read it. I don't think I've read any of the original Holmes stories, so I'm looking forward to it.
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You're in for a treat—and I'm in for a re-read.
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I feel like the choices this time were really an embarrassment of riches; I was interested in reading almost any of them. Some people said they decided to vote for one of the two in the lead, but I'm the opposite - I decided to not vote for one of the two in the lead. I would've supported both, but seeing them so close, I went with only the one I preferred most.

I've actually never read a Sherlock Holmes before, so this will be a first for me. Where better to start than the beginning?
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I've actually never read a Sherlock Holmes before, so this will be a first for me. Where better to start than the beginning?


So very happy A Study in Scarlet came out on top! I'm looking forward to this.
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So very happy A Study in Scarlet came out on top! I'm looking forward to this.
Me too. Haven't read a Sherlock Holmes for a few years, and can't remember when I last read this one. I was probably about 13, when I thought I was Sherlock .
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Me too. Haven't read a Sherlock Holmes for a few years, and can't remember when I last read this one. I was probably about 13, when I thought I was Sherlock .
So did you have your own little deerstalker hat?
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Anyone interested in The Last of the Mohicans needs to read Mark Twain's essay, Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses. I read it at an impressionable age and it cured me of any desire to read his works.
Thanks for the link, I will read this essay. On the other hand: instead of dragging us away from Cooper's books this could have been a good starting point for a discussion.
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Of course not! I was in disguise .
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Hmmm... wonder if there are more MB Book Club members that use the same South Carolina library I use... A few days ago I was 3:rd in line for the one copy they have of"Animal Farm". Today all of a sudden I got an email I could check it out.
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Hmmm... wonder if there are more MB Book Club members that use the same South Carolina library I use... A few days ago I was 3:rd in line for the one copy they have of"Animal Farm". Today all of a sudden I got an email I could check it out.
Well it wasn't me. I have the perfect alibi. I'm way up in Southern Wisconsin.
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Anyone interested in The Last of the Mohicans needs to read Mark Twain's essay, Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses. I read it at an impressionable age and it cured me of any desire to read his works.

I've never read Cooper and always felt about it. But now that I have read Twain's essay, I don't think I'll be in a hurry to do so. This passage left me gobsmacked!

'In the Deerslayer story he lets Deerslayer talk the showiest kind of book-talk sometimes, and at other times the basest of base dialects. For instance, when some one asks him if he has a sweetheart, and if so, where she abides, this is his majestic answer:

"'She's in the forest-hanging from the boughs of the trees, in
a soft rain—in the dew on the open grass—the clouds that
float about in the blue heavens—the birds that sing in the
woods—the sweet springs where I slake my thirst—and in all
the other glorious gifts that come from God's Providence!'

And he preceded that, a little before, with this:

"'It consarns me as all things that touches a fri'nd consarns a
fri'nd.'" '


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I've never read Cooper and always felt about it. But now that I have read Twain's essay, I don't think I'll be in a hurry to do so. This passage left me gobsmacked!

'In the Deerslayer story he lets Deerslayer talk the showiest kind of book-talk sometimes, and at other times the basest of base dialects. For instance, when some one asks him if he has a sweetheart, and if so, where she abides, this is his majestic answer:

"'She's in the forest-hanging from the boughs of the trees, in
a soft rain—in the dew on the open grass—the clouds that
float about in the blue heavens—the birds that sing in the
woods—the sweet springs where I slake my thirst—and in all
the other glorious gifts that come from God's Providence!'

And he preceded that, a little before, with this:

"'It consarns me as all things that touches a fri'nd consarns a
fri'nd.'" '

Maybe Cooper was writing about someone who suffered from multiple personality disorder. Did Twain ever think of that?
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Ok, I see the book voted on. Now where do we go to join the club?
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