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View Poll Results: Which books are your picks for the November 2013 MobileRead Book Club selection?
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 19 47.50%
All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 14 35.00%
Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist by Erich Kästner 7 17.50%
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago 10 25.00%
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis 3 7.50%
The Dinner by Herman Koch 8 20.00%
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 9 22.50%
White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia by Jacek Hugo 5 12.50%
The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hidayat 3 7.50%
Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko 9 22.50%
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #16
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hm, The Count of Monte Christo has the most votes till now.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for the All quiet on the Western front (which I didn't vote for) or some other book to win.....
I read Monte Christo about the same time, 4 or 5 times, that I read all Jules Verne (a very long time ago). And I saw three different films of it. Old news.......well....won't read this book again, really.
Same for me. Ah well, it gives me a bit more time for my TBR heap.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:47 PM   #17
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I voted for it and am still kinda wishing something else would pass it up. I still will try it if it does win though.

Most of that is because I have just started another 1,100+ page book and I am not sure I will like reading two monsters one after the other. I have already cancelled my next library hold because I am not sure I would be able to read my current book and whatever gets selected and it before it would likely be due. Fortunately the book I want has a short waiting list (2-4 people since I have been watching it).

Edit: I might find an abridged version if it does get selected depending on how well I get into the complete version. Or maybe this version, although that may defeat the purpose.

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I won't have time anyway, I think.
I am rather India- oriented these days; I managed to squeeze Victoria &Abdul in, but would like to finish the Satanic Verses as well as the divers Lonely Planet of India and the Mahabharata, and the River of Smokefrom Amitav Ghosh before I leave for India at the end of next week. And working some. Well....impossible..
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #19
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I read it yrs ago and will try to read it again if Monte Cristo wins. It is a good read.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:47 AM   #20
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Barring a last minute miracle, it looks like it will be the Dumas! When I voted for it I didn't expect it to win. Even though it's a more well-known title which usually seems to bring in votes, it's also really long.

It's one of those (many) books though that I did want to eventually read in my lifetime and glad to have the little push to do it now rather than later. I've never read it, never seen a film of it nor do I know any details of the story save for the general plot description, so I'll be going into it "fresh" and looking forward to it.

This was really a fantastic month for nominations all around. Though the nominations couldn't originally have been written in English, they could've all ended up the from the same few countries or languages, but if I'm counting correctly then there are at least eight different countries and languages represented in the ten nominations this month, which is wonderful.

I also just like the nominations this month. I'd have been up for reading nine out of ten of them and had to pick some not to vote for because I had checked so many at first. The only one I wasn't interested in, Night Watch, I had seen the Russian film of, and though it was an interesting film, I wasn't sure if the story would be enough for me to read the book while already knowing what happens.

The length of the Dumas seems daunting, but I've heard it reads quickly. I need to hurry and finish The Secret River so I can get started on this. I've been finishing many book club selections rather late in the game and was on the verge of catching up for now so I hope I can keep up with this one.

For those who are interested in a complete, unabridged translation, there is a Penguin version. From checking around the last few days, I've noticed some others claim to be unabridged but really aren't, but it seems the Penguin translation by Robin Buss is the real deal.

The version here at MobileRead had been originally edited, as Harry notes on the posting page for it. It is claimed by some to unabridged but was still edited for content, cutting out some of the more risqué parts. If I'm not mistaken (and I haven't thoroughly investigated, so I could be) it seems like the version here at MobileRead was the most complete version in English until the Penguin Buss version. Harry, the uploader of the MR version, actually recommends the still copyrighted Buss translation if one wants the completely unabridged version. Though I'd love to read the free and surely impeccably proofread version here, I'm opting for the completely unabridged Penguin version. At the moment it's $6.60 Kindle US and £4.41 Kindle UK. Here are some links for it if anyone else is interested:

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Old 10-27-2013, 05:02 AM   #21
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Thanks sun surfer. That info about the translations will be very helpful for me when I get around to reading this finally.
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It looks like the classic Dumas tale won by a good margin.
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I'm opting for the completely unabridged Penguin version. At the moment it's $6.60 Kindle US and £4.41 Kindle UK. Here are some links for it if anyone else is interested:

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I bought the Penguin edition translated by Robin Buss and it was definitely worth the purchase price. I most appreciate the links to the footnotes so that I can easily transition back and forth. It is impeccably edited.
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I bought the Penguin edition translated by Robin Buss and it was definitely worth the purchase price. I most appreciate the links to the footnotes so that I can easily transition back and forth. It is impeccably edited.
I agree. I've read the novel several times and this translation flows along quite naturally--much more so that the old one. The footnotes are very good too.

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