Sunday, December 28, 2008

upcoming book club discussions

Hi everybody. My life is a co-dependent democracy. (Originally I typed "democrazy.") Please help me manage it by casting your vote!

I know a lot of people have read Toni Morrison's A Mercy now--I hope those of you who would like to will check in on New Year's Day (when family obligations and/or hangovers allow!) for a discussion.

I wanted to announce the upcoming months way ahead of time. Angelle just posted this review of A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro, and has driven me crazy all over again with questions about the book. (Warning: the review contains lots of spoilers, so only read if you've already read the book!) Have a number of people already read this? I'm thinking about rereading--would anyone be interested in discussing?

And THEN (being super organized)--I noticed a couple of people mentioned they have copies of Edinburgh, by Alexander Chee. Are there enough people that that might be a good choice for March?

Any other suggestions?

16 comments:

Mary said...

My copy of Edinburgh is on its way. My copy of Pale View is gathering dust in the TBR pile and needs a good reason to be read. So I vote for these two! I'd love a good discussion about any Ondaatje book if you ever want to do one of those.

Josephine Damian said...

Moonie: A reviewer on amazon said of HILLS: "It is not a novel to try to solve, instead it is one to submit yourself to, and let it work its wonders on you. Like me, you may well find yourself returning to it a second time. I'm very sure I will be returning to it again, and I'm also sure there will be yet more there for me next time."

I'll check out HILLS myself.

angelle said...

hmm. i'm a bad friend and never participate in your book club selections, but surely i will for feb. and i will have to pick up edinburgh soon so i can participate in march. you've piqued my interest in your review and high endoresment.

Ann Victor said...

Was about to read Abgelle's review of Pale Hills, just as well I didn't. I've ordered it from a local store - hopefully it'll be here early enough for me to take with to read on our bush trip in January in time for 1/2.

Have been struggling to locate a copy of Edinburgh ever since your review, but finally tracked one down. So ok with me!

See you on the 1/1 for A Mercy discussion!!

Just finished the brilliant Louise Erdrich's The Painted Drum. Sheer magic. Will do a review on my blog for anyone who is interested.

Ann Victor said...

Sorry - that should be ANgelle (not ABgelle)

Wish blogger allowed one to edit posts!

moonrat said...

Ann--I recently bought PLAGUE OF DOVES (read: my mother bought it, and I plan to steal it). You're a big Erdrich fan?

Ann Victor said...

I've also ordered Plague of Doves, but I have to get her books online as they're relatively unknown here. (and MY mother steals my copies from ME!)

But am I a Louise Erdrich fan you ask??? She is a A GODDESS! A GENIUS! A MARVEL! A...okay I'll stop now, but you get the picture? :):)

Seriously, though, her writing just resonates with me so deeply I always cry when I read her books. My husband asks why I read them if they make me so sad, but it's not that, it's just the beauty, the sheer poetry, of her words - that combination of the mundane and the mystical which just blows me away.

So to answer your question: yes, I am fan of Louise Erdrich! :):)

moonrat said...

haha WELL. with THAT endorsement...!!

Mina said...

I stumbled across your blog, by finding a comment you left on my blog a couple of months ago...

anyways Im a huge book addict and I hope to come visit your blog again and see about your reviews and recommendations.

Anita said...

OK. I just ordered A PALE VIEW OF HILLS...I have no idea what it's about and am trusting you all solely on the fact that you introduced me to WHEN THE ELEPHANTS DANCE. (Thanks for that, BTW).

I just read THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING and will be recommending it to my Colorado Springs Gazette readers soon. Good book. Fast read.

Andromeda Romano-Lax said...

I loved a Pale View of Hills, and could be talked into reading it again. Warning to others -- you probably shouldn't read too much about the book before you read the book! The mysteries are subtle and I think if I'd gone looking for them, it would have been a different reading experience. Be warned!

I was also interested in Edinburgh.

So far, I haven't managed to read any of the books before the actual book club, but maybe this time will be different! Thanks for asking, Moonie.

moonrat said...

awesome. ok. i'll make a formal announcement shortly.

Anita, you're the second person to recommend THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING to me in a very short period of time. so perhaps i'll have to bump it up on my list!!

Precie said...

Received A MERCY for Christmas so I'll do my best to have that read in, gulp, 2 days...might not actually be active in the book club until 1/2. PALE VIEW might actually be in my TBR bookcase...if it is, I'll do my darndest to be ready for Feb.

moonrat said...

precie! haven't seen you in ages! i was worried your christmas tree ate you. ;)

you can always chat about the first chapter!

Trixie said...

Like Precie, I received A Mercy for Christmas. I don't know if I can keep up, but I look forward to hearing what others have to say. Thanks Moonie!

Peg McGuire said...

I'm game. Just finished A Mercy. Edinburgh is next.