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Old 03-28-2017, 12:21 PM   #361
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:09 PM   #362
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Great - thank you bfisher! I'll ask for your list on the first or thereabouts, allowing for time differences.
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:55 PM   #363
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Here is my list:

Elizabeth Taylor - Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
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No, not that Elizabeth Taylor, this Elizabeth Taylor - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizab...ylor_(novelist)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/..._the_Claremont
The Goodreads description:
On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs. Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies—boredom and the Grim Reaper. Then one day Mrs. Palfrey strikes up an unexpected friendship with Ludo, a handsome young writer, and learns that even the old can fall in love.




Michael Ondaatje - The Cat's Table
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...he-cat-s-table
The Goodreads description:
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England – a ‘castle that was to cross the sea’. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly ‘Cat's Table’ with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys become involved in the worlds and stories of the adults around them, tumbling from one adventure and delicious discovery to another, ‘bursting all over the place like freed mercury’. And at night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner – his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.

As the narrative moves from the decks and holds of the ship and the boy’s adult years, it tells a spellbinding story about the difference between the magical openness of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding – about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage, when all on board were ‘free of the realities of the earth’.

With the ocean liner a brilliant microcosm for the floating dream of childhood, The Cat’s Table is a vivid, poignant and thrilling book, full of Ondaatje’s trademark set-pieces and breathtaking images: a story told with a child’s sense of wonder by a novelist at the very height of his powers.





Sylvia Townsend Warner - Lolly Willowes
Spoiler:

Readers of H Is For Hawk may remember the reference to Sylvia Townsend Warner as the biographer of T.H. White; Macdonald quotes her reaction to being confronted with the effects of White - “I have never felt such an imminent haunt”. Lolly Willowes was her breakout book - and the first Book-of-the-Month Club selection.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...Lolly_Willowes
Goodreads description:
In Lolly Willowes, an ageing spinster rebels against her role as the universal aunt, at everybody's beck and call. How she escapes all that "—to have a life of one's own, not an existence doled out to you by others", is the theme of this story.





Hisham Matar - In The Country Of Men
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...Country_of_Men
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Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman's days are circumscribed by the narrow rituals of childhood: outings to the ruins surrounding Tripoli, games with friends played under the burning sun, exotic gifts from his father's constant business trips abroad. But his nights have come to revolve around his mother's increasingly disturbing bedside stories full of old family bitterness. And then one day Suleiman sees his father across the square of a busy marketplace, his face wrapped in a pair of dark sunglasses. Wasn't he supposed to be away on business yet again? Why is he going into that strange building with the green shutters? Why did he lie? Suleiman is soon caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand-where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father's cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend's father can disappear overnight, next to be seen publicly interrogated on state television.






George Orwell - Burmese Days
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9650.Burmese_Days
The Goodreads description:
Set in the days of the Empire, with the British ruling in Burma, this book describes corruption and imperial bigotry. Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Dr Veraswami, a black enthusiast for the Empire, whose downfall can only be prevented by membership at an all-white club.





Jocelyne Saucier - And the Birds Rained Down
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As close as you can get to having two hosers frying bacon on a campstove and drinking beer

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ds-rained-down
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Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.

But one summer two women arrive. One is a young photographer documenting a a series of catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century; she’s on the trail of the recently deceased Ted Boychuck, a survivor of the blaze. And then the elderly aunt of the one of the pot growers appears, fleeing one of the psychiatric institutions that have been her home since she was sixteen. She joins the men in the woods and begins a new life as Marie-Desneige. With the photographer’s help, they find Ted’s series of paintings about the fire, and begin to decipher the dead man’s history.

A haunting meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. It was winner of the Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada, the Prix des collégiens du Québec, the Prix Ringuet 2012 and a finalist for the Grand Prix de la ville de Montréal.



Joseph Roth - The Radetzky March
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...Radetzky_March
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"The Radetzky March charts the history of the Trotta family through three generations spanning the rise and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Through the Battle of Solferino to the entombment of the last Hapsburg emperor, Roth's intelligent compassion illuminates the crumbling of a way of life."
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:56 PM   #364
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Thanks bfisher - looks to be a very interesting list. Over to sun surfer to put up the voting thread.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:46 AM   #365
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Great list bfisher!

And thanks Bookpossum; I'll have the voting thread up soon.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:09 PM   #366
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Who would like to take their turn selecting the nominations for the upcoming rotating month in June?

Previous nominators for this series:
February fantasyfan
April bfisher

The only requirements for the month's selections are that they are literary, that none have been the monthly selection of either book club yet (nominees can be previous nominees though) and that they number at least four. That’s it, pretty simple.

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You can find the list of previous selections of the Literary Book Club on the first page of the thread The MR Literary Club: Welcome, Information and General Discussion. You can find the list here

The list of previous selections of the general Book Club can be found in a thread called Book Club Selections List. You can find the list here.

If you want the background to how this works, see the first page of this thread here.

And any questions, just ask!

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Old 05-25-2017, 06:36 PM   #367
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Okay, I shall take the June spot, and ask myself for the booklist on the first.
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Okay, I shall take the June spot, and ask myself for the booklist on the first.
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Very interested to see your nominations, Bookpossum! Just don't forget to be around to answer yourself when you ask yourself for your list.
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