"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Middlemarch and Us


We have an interesting book club coming up this Saturday which will be co-hosted by our darling GSL. I would like to ask you to attend even if you have not read Middlemarch or have no intention of reading it.  I myself have read only 18% of the novel, an annoying fact brought to me by my Kindle tracker.  There is no way I'll be able to finish it in time but I will manage to read a couple of essays written about Middlemarch and an excellent review of Rebecca Mead's bibliomemoir: "My Life in Middlemarch".  Here are the links:

Middlemarch and Me is an essay written by Rebecca Mead for The New Yorker.

Deep Reader: Rebecca Mead's "My Life in Middlemarch" is a review of Rebecca Mead's book by none other than Joyce Carol Oates.

I hope to see you this Saturday here on the blog!
xoxDani




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    1. Oh excellent Wendy, I can't wait to read what you have to say about it.

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  2. Fun. I'll have to get the wheels of my memory to grind back to the first reading in 1990 since Hawaii was much less of a sit-around-and-read vacation than I had planned!

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    1. Jen you might find even reading Rebecca Mead's New Yorker essay is enough to jog your memory and bring it all back!

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  3. I'm glad you came clean as we all know Scout is much to busy canoodling with Doogan to eat your homework.

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    1. G I can't believe there will be a MopPhil Book Club and I haven't read the book but I have you to lean on heavily so I'll be taking advantage of it!

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  4. Not a reader but I'll be tea girl.

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    1. Tabs we do rely on you for refreshments though if we go too far into a discussion of Fate etc we might need to open a bottle of port.

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    2. I'll have a snifter of brandy and have Tabs draw me a bath.

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    3. Ha nice try G but as #1Co-Host you'll be too busy working the room.

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  5. phew bc i was going to hide bc i havent read it yet. i probably will make a start now ironically enough but knowing myself i will have an opinion on it even though i know nothing hehe

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    1. No hiding from us Naomi! Give it a start because you'll get the gist of the characters, the setting and the general moodiness. I am finding it difficult to plod on with it, not sure if that's because I'm extra tired these days? I happily read it as a teenager but retained nothing! Still it's an interesting book and I'm planning to read Rebecca Mead's bibliomemoir.

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  6. I won't be there, alas, but I have to comment on my love of this pithy one-liner:

    "In poor Rosamond's mind there was not room enough for luxuries to look small."

    Ha, one of the best snarky remarks ever.

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    1. Hex I think you are right: one of the best snarky comments ever. We should look for more of those one-liners, I bet old MAE aka George Eliot had a few chuckles over her quill and paper, she would have loved Twitter. We'll miss you darling, check in later!

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  7. I have to admit that I have not read it…. but I shall read everyone else's comments with interest! And join you all for tea at the end (as I'm not sure what time it will be here, but likely Sunday morning when you're doing this!) xx

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    1. Heidi please pop in on Sunday morning your time to have a read!

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  8. I don't know what percent I've read, but I don't seem to be able to read a lot at one sitting. Getting there!

    I hope you are not in this lake effect snow belt-- 4 FEET of snow? With more on the way. I hope you are north of this so your project is not further delayed.

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    1. Lane did you see that? Buffalo was covered. We live west of Toronto so we've been spared the snow, the problem is the cold... too cold to work but it's due to warm up over freezing the next few days, we'll see.
      I've been going to bed at 9pm with my kindle and basically going straight to sleep, can't seem to focus on the book at all. Up over 20% now, crawling there!

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  9. I've read both books!! I really enjoyed them. I'm looking forward to reading the comments the first chanceI get.

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  10. even tho i'm way to late to join in the discussion, i've always wanted to read this book so i'm going to the library today and start. thanks for the motivation and inspiration dani. x

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