Wednesday, July 04, 2007


I'm considering undertaking another book as a group reading project, tentatively to start in September. Again, something "big," and generally acknowledged as a classic.

Any ideas? Would you read along?


Anonymous danielle said...

Any chance at all that you would be interested in reading Kristin Lavransdatter? Undset won a Nobel for it. I have decided after I finish Don Quixote I am going to read it this fall. It is three novels in one--something like 1,00-ish pages. Of course if I am tempted enough I might end up reading along with whatever is chosen here as well....

9:48 PM  
Anonymous danielle said...

...that would be 1,300 pages.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Ford Madox Ford's Parades End? 836 pages.
or Dumas- Count of Monte Cristo-1,130 pages (I think)?

Rachel D.

8:05 PM  
Blogger marydell said...

Isabella, if you start up another book, I'd certainly like to read along. How about Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser? I've been wanting to read it for a long time.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Pour of Tor said...

I would certainly read along, if it was a work I hadn't read before and I could find the time (crosses fingers). My vote goes for one of the ultimate intimidators: Ulysses.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

I would be interested in reading along, too. I only discovered this blog when you were nearly finished with the Red and the Black, but I have been struggling on with War and Peace and checking in here to read what you all thought, so I would love to be able to join in a discussion in 'real time', if you don't mind a newcomer to the group!

11:03 PM  
Blogger piksea said...

I'd like to get in on another one of these. I was glad to have the company on Middlemarch, even though I wound up a War and Peace drop out.

As far as choices go, I've read Ulysses and I don't want to go back. Other than that, I'm pretty open. Anna Karenina? Crime and Punishment? Something not Russian would be okay, too.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Oh, should I have left a suggestion? All the other possibilities sound interesting (although I might be a bit wary of Ulysses!). Just to throw another title into the ring - how about Tom Jones? Would that be long enough? :). I have had a copy on my shelf forever!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Isabella said...

Hmm. I'd almost forgotten that I even wanted to read Ulysses. I am planning on reading The Count of Monte Cristo before summer's through, but I hadn't seriously considered it as a candidate because I know many people have already read it.

The idea of Nobel prize-worthy books interests me though...

Will think more on this. Please keep the suggestions coming.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous danielle said...

How about The Tale of Genji? Or The Forsyte Saga (something totally differentt).

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Waugh's Parades End novels?

7:37 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

I've always wanted to read the Tale of Genji or Kristin Lavransdatter -- those have my votes as things I haven't read before.

Also: Proust? The Mahabharata? Robert Jordan? <---hahahahaha! That was a joke. I promise.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Gracie said...

I'd be very interested in reading Ulysses with a group. I'm also up for Galsworthy or any of Trollope (the Palliser novels, for example, or the Barsetshire novels). Alternatively, I found The Three Musketeers very stirring, so The Count of Monte Cristo would be fine, too.
Sorry I haven't added much to the discussion, but I'd like to take part after the decision's made.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading the Barsetshire novels would be wonderful!!

Rachel D

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Gracie said...

How about Herodotus's Histories?
Engrossing reading; it is interesting on so many levels. Another of those books I always meant to read.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

I'm going to be hosting a Victorian Reading challenge starting in september so perhaps a book that fits in with that??? Are there any?


1:20 PM  
Anonymous raehan said...

Tale of Genji and Ulyses both sound good.

Sorry I haven't been able to participate since Middlemarch.

I'm reading Anna Karenina right now.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

I enjoyed doing Middlemarch and War and Peace with the group and would be up for another challenge. I'd go along with anything suggested, although I would lean towards something by Dostoevsky for an older classic or for something more recent how about Turkish Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk. I've just bought his novel, The Black Book, which I'd be reading in any case.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Rachel D. said...

Could we do Don Quixote?? I am about to start it for a reading challenge.

Rachel D.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Isabella said...

Ack! It's September already. I'm still a few hundred pages away from finishing The Count of Monte Cristo (on my own) and trying to get my physical space in order, before announcing and starting something Big.

I'm still considering your suggestions. Definitely not in the running: Don Quixote, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment; also anything by Dumas or Robert Jordan.

Watch this space.

3:32 PM  
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Blogger Bárbara said...

I have just found your blog while I was searching for information on The Black and The Red.
Congratulations for such an interesting project.

If you're going to read a classic I'd go along with thos e who said Crime and Punishment.

Otherwise how about The Black Box, by Amos Oz or perhaps Blindness, by (Portuguese author and Nobel prize winner) Jose Saramago?

6:52 PM  
Blogger d.e.a.r....... said...

Very interested!

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Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook! She won the Nobel prize and she's totally amazing, not enough people read her...

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