Let's make our first book a fun and easy one! Taking a cue from the suggestion post (which you can add to here), this month's book will be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol.
If you'd rather not purchase a copy, you can find the text here and here and many more places on the Internet. I'll post the official discussion post in a few days (any suggestions as to when?).
1) What was your overall reaction to the story?
2) Why do you suppose Tobe stayed with Emily?
3) What's up with the title? Where is Emily's "rose?"
4) Notice references to the Civil War in this story. Where do they occur? How does that war play a role in the story?
5) What purpose is served by telling us that the Negro "walked right through the house and out the back and was not seen again"?
Anyway, since this crashed and burned the first time around (most lj book clubs do, I've noticed - it's hard to get everybody to read a book at once), I thought we would take baby steps this time around. I thought it would be best to read a short story easy for all of us to access online if we're too lazy to go to the library. How does everybody feel about that?
So here's the real question: what's your favorite short story that no longer has copyright?
Instructions: Copy this into your Post. Look at the list and put an X after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.
Adams, Douglas - Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, The - X
Adams, Richard - Watership Down - X
Albom, Mitch - Five People You Meet In Heaven, The - X
Alcott, Louisa M - Little Women - X
Atwood, Margaret - Handmaid’s Tale, The - X
Austen, Jane - Emma -
Austen, Jane - Persuasion -
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice -
Austen, Jane - Sense and Sensibility -
Banks, Iain - Wasp Factory, The -
Blyton, Enid - Faraway Tree Collection, The -
Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre - X
Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights - X
Brown, Dan - Da Vinci Code, The - X
Bryson, Bill - Notes From A Small Island -
Byatt, AS - Possession -
Carroll, Lewis - Alice in Wonderland - X
Collins, Wilkie - Woman in White, The -
Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness - X
Dahl, Roald - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - X
Dante - Inferno, The - X
DeBernieres, Louis - Captain Corelli’s Mandolin -
DeSaint Exupery, Antoine - Little Prince, The - X
Dickens, Charles - Bleak House - X
Dickens, Charles - Christmas Carol, A - X
Dickens, Charles - David Copperfield - X
Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations - X
Dickens, Charles - Oliver Twist - X
Dickens, Charles - Tale Of Two Cities, A - X
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment -
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The - X
Dumas, Alexandre - Count of Monte Cristo, The -
Dumas, Alexandre - Three Musketeers, The -
DuMaurier, Daphne - Rebecca - X
Eliot, George - Middlemarch -
Faulk, Sebastian - Birdsong -
Fielding, Helen - Bridget Jones’s Diary -
Fitzgerald, F Scott - Great Gatsby, The - X
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary - X
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - Love In The Time Of Cholera -
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - One Hundred Years of Solitude -
Gibbons, Stella - Cold Comfort Farm -
Golden, Arthur - Memoirs of a Geisha - X
Golding, William - Lord of the Flies - X
Grahame, Kenneth - Wind in Willows, The - X
Haddon, Mark - Curious Incident of Dog in Night, The -
Hardy, Thomas - Far From The Madding Crowd -
Hardy, Thomas - Jude the Obscure -
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the D’Urbervilles -
Heller, Joseph - Catch 22 - X
Herbert, Frank - Dune -
Hodgson, Frances - Secret Garden, The - X
Hosseini, Khaled - Kite Runner, The -
Hugo, Victor - Les Miserables - X
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World - X
Irving, John - Prayer for Owen Meaney, A -
Ishiguro, Kazuo - Remains of Day, The -
Joyce, James - Ulysses -
Kennedy Toole, John - Confederacy of Dunces, A -
Kerouac, Jack - On The Road -
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird -
Lewis, CS - Chronicles of Narnia - X
Lewis, CS - Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, The - X
Makepeace Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair -
Martel, Yann - Life of Pi, The -
McEwan, Ian - Atonement -
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick -
Milne, AA - Winnie the Pooh - X
Mistry, Rohinton - Fine Balance, A -
Mitchell, David - Cloud Atlas -
Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With The Wind -
Montgomery, LM - Anne of Green Gables -
Nabokov, Vladimir - Lolita -
Niffenegger, Audrey - Time Traveler’s Wife, The -
Orwell, George - Animal Farm - X
Orwell, George - Nineteen Eighty Four - X
Pullman, Philip - His Dark Materials -
Ransome, Arthur - Swallows and Amazons -
Rowling, JK - Harry Potter (Series) -
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos - Shadow of Wind, The -
Rushdie, Salman - Midnight’s Children -
Salinger, JD - Catcher in the Rye - X
Sebold, Alice - Lovely Bones, The - X
Seth, Vikram - Suitable Boy, A -
Shakespeare, William - Complete Works of Shakespeare, The -
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet - X
Shute, Nevil - Town Like Alice, A -
Steinbeck, John - Grapes of Wrath -
Steinbeck, John - Of Mice and Men - X
Stoker, Bram - Dracula - X
Tartt, Donna - Secret History, The -
Tolkien, JRR - Hobbit, The -
Tolkien, JRR - Lord of Rings, The -
Tolstoy, Leo - Anna Karenina -
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace -
Walker, Alice - Color Purple, The -
White, EB - Charlotte’s Web - X
Zola, Emile - Germinal -
Bible, The - X
- Current Mood:upbeat
It's time for us to choose our first book! For the sake of being fair, I chose one book from each of your suggestion lists. Please select your first, second and third choices. If you have any objections to this selection process, please speak up!
Do you like this format for selecting books?
How long do you think the selection polls should stay open?
Once a book is selected, how much time should members be given to acquire the book?