SparkPeople Classics Book Club Team Messageboard This is a team for discussing our favorite classic literature! Ask questions about classics, discuss your favorites, or participate in our book club! SparkPeople Classics Book Club Team Messageboard Library Apps! I just discovered a free app to my local library system. I can now read anything on my phone including audio books. The app is called Libby. <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Jun 2018 11:07:18 EST Greetings! I just started on Sparkpeople again after a long hiatus. I thought I might have more luck this time if I actually participated in some of the forums and made some friends along the way! <BR> <BR> I am, of course, a classics lover. I'm bummed that I missed A Christmas Carol. I read (and explained Dickens' sometimes abstruse prose) to my son this December, so that was fun. I'm also bummed that I missed The Scarlet Pimpernel because that's one of the few books I've ever read that I didn't enjoy... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:34:05 EST A Farwell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway Happy 2014, friends! <BR> <BR> I have chosen A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway as our book for January! For those of you who may be unfamiliar, I've posted a book description below: <BR> <BR> "The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway’s frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in t... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:57:45 EST What books did you get or give for Christmas? Merry Christmas everyone! What books did you find under your tree? <BR> <BR> Books I received: <BR> King Solomon's Mines <BR> The Metamorphoses (Ovid) <BR> Vanity Fair <BR> This Side of Paradise <BR> The Beautiful and Damned <BR> The Moonstone <BR> <BR> Books I gave: <BR> I gave my brother The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. <BR> I gave my mother The SparkPeople Cookbook . . . and now I want a copy for myself! <BR> <BR> I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas. Happy reading! Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:35:18 EST Book suggestions for December? What do you want to read in December? Since it's the holiday season, I was leaning towards a shorter book. Maybe The Great Gatsby or To Kill A Mockingbird? List other suggestions and we'll see if we can reach a consensus. <BR> <BR> Happy reading! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:59:20 EST Dracula - Bram Stoker Hello friends! <BR> <BR> For the month of October we will be reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. In the posts above I listed some key themes and some study questions or starting points for discussion. Feel free to springboard from these, but your own topics or general discussion are also very welcome. <BR> <BR> Happy reading! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 01:26:41 EST IS THERE A BOOK FOR OCTOBER??? NO BOOK OF THE MONTH ANYMORE?? Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:42:53 EST Going through a tough time Sorry I have been absent for a bit. We are moving to San Antonio from East Texas and we have encountered some serious problems. The company we hired to move our mobile home has destroyed it and left it sitting in a lot to rot. <BR> <BR> We are currently living in a crummy weekly rental hotel. I am just grateful that we are together and I am trying to be strong and make the best of it. <BR> <BR> Insurance companies are slugging it out and who knows how it will turn out. <BR> <BR> The g... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:37:13 EST WHAT IS THE BOOK FOR JULY OR AUGUST??? DO WE HAVE ONE?? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:08:11 EST A classic reader I have recently found my way back to SparkPeople, and I am really happy to have found this team. <BR> <BR> Several years ago I started working my way through the list of classics on the Amy Foundation website. I spent a year or so on Jane Austen. I have skipped around a lot, didn't just go down the list. <BR> <BR> I just finished The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I think I may read something different next, before going on to the second book of the trilogy. <BR> <BR> I am now pretty much h... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:04:27 EST Time to start something new... I need suggestions for a good summer read. <BR> <BR> Maybe we should read Gatsby since the movie came out. I haven't read it in a very long time. <BR> <BR> If no would be a relatively quick book and has good story line movement. <BR> <BR> Let me know I'd you have other suggestions. <BR> <BR> Coffee Mon, 20 May 2013 19:41:41 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:49:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:49:18 EST January 2013 book chosen In honor of the new movie I have chosen Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. I know the story from seeing a production on PBS recently. Thought we should read the original. <BR> <BR> This book is free on <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone. A comment thread has been started below. <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:10:42 EST January 2013 book chosen In honor of the new movie I have chosen Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. I know the story from seeing a production on PBS recently. Thought we should read the original. <BR> <BR> This book is free on <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone. A comment thread has been started below. <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:09:49 EST Les Miserable - Victor Hugo In order to honor and appreciate the movie and stage productions of this classic, I thought it was time to read the original. Enjoy and comment here. <BR> <BR> Merci! <BR> <BR> Morecoffee <BR> Team leader Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:50:17 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:00:35 EST Organic or not organic? I just finished reading a Jillian Michael's book on nutrition and I guess I see her point about avoiding foods that have been exposed to chemicals but my practical mind says that we have lived quite well with stuff grown the traditional way. Why should I pay big money for the same stuff? <BR> <BR> My jury is still out. For now I am content to eat more fresh veg in general and just make dome weight loss progress. <BR> <BR> Thoughts?? Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:06:50 EST What to read in December? It is time to decide on our next book. Please post your requests here and I'll announce it next in the next week or so. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Coffee <em>106</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:41:57 EST Books about classics I've just finished reading Amy Smith's All roads lead to Austen where she gives an account of book groups on 3 of Austen's novels in six Latin American countries. It was fascinating to see the reactions of people from different cultures to the characters and situations in the books and to learn of authors of classics from these cultures. I'm ashamed to say I had heard of very few of them. <BR> Does anyone know of similar books, exploring readers' reactions to familiar classics? Fri, 9 Nov 2012 01:54:45 EST Catch-22 by Joseph Heller We need to read a book that gets our group up and active again. This is a quick read that will have all of us understanding why the phrase Catch-22 became a part of the English lexicon. <BR> <BR> Post your comments here. Happy reading! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:15:05 EST this is my new hobbie whats a good easy read to start off my new hobby with,thanks Sat, 22 Sep 2012 06:04:03 EST Future Classics Doesn't that sound like an oxymoron, lol! <BR> <BR> Ben's question regarding which was the greatest century for literature prompted me to think - which of the more recent books / poems do you see as becoming classics in the future? Fifty years from now, what will be on the reading lists in high schools and universities? What will Monarch and Cliff be working up as treatments in their notes series? <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:35:47 EST What was the Greatest Century for Literature? The 19th century has to go down as the Greatest Century for Literature! <BR> <BR> In England: Dickens, Trollope, Austen and the Bronte sisters <BR> The Great Russians: Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenov. and Checkov <BR> In France : Flaubert, Victor Hugo and pere Dumas. <BR> In the USA: Melville, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Mark Twain! <BR> There were a lot of other Great writers besides the above. <BR> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:57:47 EST posted in wrong forum Topic in wrong forum Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:40:00 EST Newbie here Hello, I just noticed this team on a SF's page. I enjoy most classics but really love the big Nineteenth Century reads. Looking forward to the exchange of views in this team. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 03:52:36 EST new bookworm :-) Hello, fellow bookworms. <em>211</em> <BR> I used to read a lot of books but as I started highschool and even more in university I kind of ran out of time to do it. I just love books, from the way they smell and feel in your hand to that last page of story you read and then feel a bit like if you lost a good friend. <BR> One of my goals on my path to new and improved me is to read more and I tought this group could help me do that. <em>41</em> I was also thinking about re-reading the cla... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:11:10 EST hello im new im new here and have just started this for my new hobbie/i have not even picked my first book yet/what's the best books to start with?????? Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:03:00 EST Whose quote is this? In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. <BR> <BR> I will give a nice prize to first correct winner!! <em>30</em> Mon, 21 May 2012 19:50:13 EST Do you have a favorite author of classics? It's hard to pick one writer. <BR> In no particular order, I like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Cervantes, Shakespeare (of course) <BR> and Victor Hugo. <BR> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:34:12 EST Hello! Signing in - trying to lower salt and lose 20. I love literature and teach it at the college level. Glad to see others who enjoy the classics - plus, so many of them are free on Kindle! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 19:53:57 EST Ice Men Ice Men <BR> BY JAMES LONGENBACH <BR> <BR> One cuts blocks <BR> From the abundant river, <BR> Hauls them house to house. <BR> <BR> One falls, unseen, <BR> The heart <BR> Inoculated cold <BR> <BR> Against a sky still moving. <BR> Moving even now <BR> Above the river, <BR> The canal. <BR> Willows shimmering <BR> <BR> Across the water, <BR> Muskrats diving out of reach. <BR> The river whispers <BR> Till it freezes— <BR> <BR> A body <BR> Twirling sluggishly <BR> Beneath the surface as ag... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 14:23:25 EST Christmas Greetings Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!! <em>446</em> <em>460</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:41:30 EST deleted deleted post Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:26:24 EST Hello Hello. I am fairly new to SP and this group. I am a fan of classic literature. I enjoy Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, and recently early science fiction like Wells and Verne. I know some may not be considered classics but I have always enjoyed dystopian novels and recently have been reading a lot of Philip K. Dick. I look forward to seeing everyone progress on SP and looking forward to book discussions with everyone. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 09:41:17 EST Modern day classic question. What book, that you have read, would you consider a modern day classic? <BR> Something written within the last 50 years. <BR> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:56:22 EST What about War and Peace? Team, <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to read War and Peace mainly just to be able to brag that I have done it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Is anyone else interested in taking it on? It is available in installments from I say we do this book as our summer reading project. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> Annie Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:48:24 EST Hey Y'all! I'm back! Good to be back as leader of this team. I am going to get us going on a new book shortly. Hope you are all having a great summer. We could plow through some reading lists together. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> <BR> Annie Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:35:27 EST Hello! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I've had my Spark People account for a while but have just recently started to get serious about using it. I ran across the Book Club for Classics and had to check out the team page. I am a huge reader, always have my nose in a book, but have only recently started to read classics. My first one was Jane Eyre which I read about a month or two ago. I loved it and so I'm trying to decide what my next classic read will be. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 17 May 2011 14:47:30 EST Lover of Literature Hi: <BR> <BR> My name is Ben. I would love to be part of this group. <BR> I have been in SP for a while and belong to a few other book clubs, but hardly anyone there reads the classics . <BR> I didn't know this Spark Team existed. <BR> <BR> I love reading the classics and what one day may be considered a classic. <BR> My back ground: When I was a boy I loved The Hardy Boys and then I read Huckleberry Finn. <BR> A Lover of the Classics was born. <BR> <BR> I majored in English Lit and have... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:51:37 EST What Book Made You Fall In Love With Classic Lit I remember being forced to read Dickens in highschool, I didn't really care for it. I think the book that might have made me fall for classic lit was the Metamorphosis by Kafka. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:21:06 EST Book of the Month Suggestions - MARCH Hello all! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the late thread. I have two things: <BR> <BR> 1.) Vote on the book you want to read in March, and <BR> 2.) If you don't finish by March, don't worry! Finish it when you can, and jump into the conversation whenever you want. Official discussion of the book will be throughout the month of March, but I'm sure we will respond to you if you comment after that period! <BR> <BR> Here are my suggestions: <BR> <BR> 1.) The Crucible <BR> 2.) The Scarlett Letter <BR>... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:55:19 EST Idea's for March? Does anyone have a classic they have been wanting to read? I remember DAREGINALD thought of maybe having us read weekly short stories? What would you all prefer? <BR> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:32:27 EST Short Story of the Week (1/312011 - 2/6/2011) The short story of the week is "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka. I have a link for this story, but remember that it is a translation, so there are other translations out there that are available. Feel free to read those, or your own copy if you have it. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <link><BR>rartist.htm </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to recommend a short story, please do so by creating a topic in the "Other Literature" forum. You can either recommend o... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:14:01 EST Poem of the Day - 1/31/2011 I have decided to post a different poem every day (or every other day, I might forget!) for your reading pleasure! Feel free to reply and discuss the poem, post your reactions, analysis, etc. <BR> <BR> Also, if you have a poem you'd like to share, please create a new topic in the "Other Literature" forum, so we can have a separate discussion for each poem. <BR> <BR> I'll post the poem in the next message :) Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:08:18 EST Appreciating the Classics Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Was so happy to find a book club team for readers of classic literature. I have always enjoyed reading, and classics have become one of my favorite genres. Looking forward to participating in the discussion forums and sharing thoughts and ideas with fellow team members. <BR> <BR> DOCKSIDER <BR> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:28:51 EST The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky Questions This is the place to post questions concerning the book as you read. <BR> <BR> If you are finished with the book, or want to discuss certain chapters, please try to wait until the month is up and everyone has finished. If you have questions concerning the plot or characters, ask away! <BR> <BR> Once we hit March 1st I will add a discussion forum, and it should be known that there will be spoilers! <BR> <BR> Note that The Idiot has a wikipedia page: <... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:27:36 EST Hello Everyone I have been reviewing many of the sparkteams looking for one that might fit just right. I have been wanting to make more time to read now that my children are getting a little older. I can't think of a better place begin. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:33:32 EST What books do you love that aren't classics? I love Chuck Palahniuk's work, although most of his stuff is hit or miss. His non-fiction book "Stranger than Fiction" is one of my favorites! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:30:36 EST How are you today? How's the team doing today? <BR> <BR> Don't forget to huddle! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:28:38 EST What classic do you hate? Everyone has a classic book that they detest, but everyone else seems to love! What's yours? <BR> <BR> Personally, I hate Pride and Prejudice. I found it intensely boring, and much preferred the 2005 film remake. I usually like British literature and romance, but this book did not do it for me! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:23:18 EST Book of the Month Suggestions - FEBRUARY Let's get this book club going! Here's a basic rundown of the book club: <BR> <BR> 1.) In January, we'll vote on a book to read for February. <BR> 2.) On February 1st, we'll have a month to read the book. <BR> 3.) On February 15th, we'll vote for the book of the month for March. <BR> 4.) Starting March 1st, we'll begin reading a new book, and begin discussion of the book from February. <BR> <BR> And so on! I hope that's not confusing! <BR> <BR> So, let's suggest a classic we could read fo... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:12:22 EST Websites to get free classic books! There are so many places online where you can get free classics in ePub form (works with Adobe Digital Editions - downloadable on the Adobe website), PDF, or simply read online in HTML format. Here's my list, and feel free to add more! <BR> <BR> Project Gutenberg <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Many Books <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Barnes and Noble Free eBooks section <BR> <link><BR>/379001668/ </link> <B... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:02:32 EST What classics have you been reading lately? Right now I'm listening to an audio version of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida that I found online! It's sort of an unknown play, but I enjoyed Chaucer's version of the story, so Shakespeare would be next in line in my reading list! <BR> <BR> So, what classics are the rest of you reading, or have you recently read? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:01:12 EST Happy Twelfth Night Jan 6th always reminds me of Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes. Part of my joining Spark was to lose weight and gain strength. The other part was to get my mind back in shape. Way too much internet and netflix and far too little book reading over the past 15 years. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:42:13 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am new to SP and saw this team, thought I would try it out. I live in Ohio and have two young children that keep me busy. I love to read more than anything. I've been doing a lot of contemporary novels lately, but I am looking forward to revisiting some old classics with this club. Fri, 3 Dec 2010 22:39:31 EST Let's get busy reading again. Beginning with me! I got really sidetracked this summer and now that school is back in session and the little darlin's and busy with their studies I need to as well. <BR> <BR> Let's make a goal of really reading the chapter each night and finish our Dicken's book. I'll post in the discussion section and we can then look to something new for fall. <BR> <BR> Happy reading, <BR> <BR> Annie Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:16:05 EST new to sparkspeople and back to classics! Hi there, <BR> I love to read for a couple hours every night before I go to bed. For a long time I read nothing but fantasy, but recently I switched to classics, and I'm loving it. I'm not sure if these are all classics, but in the last couple months I read: The Phantom of the Opera, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Gone with the Wind, the Thorn Birds, 20,000 Leagues under the sea, Travels with Charlie, Tortilla flat, and I'm half-way through Moby Dick. My favorite was Dracula. It actually scared ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 05:19:13 EST Let's get rejuvenated! I think we have lost our enthusiasm again due to life's busy stuff. <BR> <BR> We are still finishing Great Expectations and I for one want to finish this book. I am going to find some reference material to post in the discussion thread. <BR> <BR> I am still compiling a list of books to choose from for future selections as well so please post or send me your suggestions. <BR> <BR> Let's get back in the reading swing and share our thoughts. Don't forget to join the challenge and track yo... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 13:41:06 EST I chose a book for us to get us going again... Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I chose Charles Dickens, Great Expectations for us to read to get us going again. I have started a new discussion thread in the appropriate section. <BR> <BR> Please continue to post your reading wish list under the other book list request thread and I will compile a main list that we will follow down. <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy some Dickens. I can't remember when I read anything other than A Christmas Carol so I thought this might be good. <BR> <BR> Glad to get us ba... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 19:40:29 EST Dickens' "Great Expectations" Discussion I have chosen Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations for our first read back in action. Please post discussion about this book here. <BR> <BR> Great Expectations was published serially in 1860. This is one of Dickens later works. Charles Dickens passed in 1870 of a stroke. <BR> <BR> During the time this book was written the Industrial Revolution was in full swing and factories were still employing children. School did not become mandatory for children until 1876. Emily Bronte was a p... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 19:37:01 EST HI EVERYONE! WE NEED A NEW BOOK LIST! Good Morning avid readers! I am so sorry that I have been out of pocket for awhile. Life in 3D got really nuts and I just quit getting online all together for a few months. <BR> <BR> Thankfully our family crisis has passed and I can now resume a regular routine again. Again I apologize for my lack of leadership but please know that I care about this team and want to see us get into a groove and enjoy the classics together again. <BR> <BR> Okay...I have been thinking about the best way ... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 08:45:52 EST Hello Everyone! Hi I'm Harriet and I'm new! I'm a devoted reader of almost anything that will hold my attention. I was and English major in college and never got over it! Ha! I look forward to meeting people and discovering new books to read! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 21:43:42 EST New Books??? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> There was only one response to the last new book thread. Is anyone interested in reading another book this year? <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Nov 2009 12:49:54 EST Checking in... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to check in and see how everyone was doing with the last book selection. For those of you who were participating in the discussion and reading the book, how did it go? What did you find successful about the discussion? How about the reading schedule? <BR> <BR> For everyone, are you ready to select a new book? If so, I can post a thread for a vote. <BR> <BR> Happy Readings! <BR> Rhonda Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:35:05 EST Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" Discussion Hi Team! <BR> <BR> This month (August, 09) we selected Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Please use this thread to discuss this work. <BR> <BR> Happy Reading, <BR> <BR> Annie Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:49:29 EST New book selected The new book that we selected this time is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Get your copy and let's get started! <BR> <BR> I will keep the current selection list and we can choose another from it next time. Maybe we should whitle it down and then add new ones to choose from. I am thinking of creating a list and maybe limiting our choices to 3 or 4 and then rotating the titles. <BR> <BR> I'll keep working on how to lead this team. In the mean time....let's get into Robinson Crusoe and ha... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:46:13 EST Hello From Australia Hi everyone, I'm Dawn and I live in Melbourne, Australia. <BR> <BR> I absolutely LOVE reading. I've just finished Tolstoy's "War and Peace", which I've been meaning to get around to for years. Yesterday I started on Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" - I thought a change of pace was in order! <BR> <BR> I see you are reading Henry V. One of my goals is to read all Shakespeare's plays, so I'll definitely join in with that one - I haven't actually read any of the histories. The Tempest i... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 02:05:46 EST FINAL AUGUST NEW BOOK CHOICES---VOTE HERE!!!! Here is the list of books brought up for selection this month. Please vote this week. I will post the results by Monday. <BR> <BR> Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger <BR> To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee <BR> Portrait of a Lady - Henry James <BR> Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe <BR> Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper <BR> Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer <BR> Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain <BR> Doctor Zhivago - ... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:07:35 EST AUGUST SELECTION VOTE NOW Dear Team, <BR> <BR> It is time to select a new book. I saw some great ideas in the other thread. I am not going to post a list. <BR> <BR> Post your requested selection and we will see where it leads. If we have interest in several that is strong we will narrow down and select from those. <BR> <BR> Thanks team! <BR> <BR> Annie Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:11:19 EST Up to Ch. 64-The Count of Monte Cristo Talk about being a glutton for punishment, that would be me. I dug around and found my copy of The Well-Educated Mind to look for the book list and discovered The Count of Monte Cristo was not on that list, which was very surprising. But neither was Henry V. I'm enjoying the count's machinations anyway, Sat, 18 Jul 2009 17:37:39 EST Is Anyone Reading Henry Besides Me? Hellooooo, anyone home? Mon, 13 Jul 2009 15:51:33 EST Halfway through with the Count of Monte Cristo And I could finish sooner except it is one of some 25 or so books I'm reading. LOL I tell people I'm an ADHD reader. At other times, I'm a 59 year-old, fourth grade math/science teacher. <BR> <BR> It's been awhile since I read Henry V but sounds interesante. Mon, 6 Jul 2009 12:40:52 EST Shakespeare's "Henry V" Discussion Hello team! <BR> <BR> We are beginning our reading of Henry V this fine June 29, 2009. This thread is to be used to share comments, questions, and any associated resources we find about the work and author. <BR> <BR> Happy Reading! <BR> <BR> Annie Mon, 29 Jun 2009 07:41:33 EST NEW BOOK SELECTED!!! HENRY V Okay team it looks like we are trying out some "thee's, thou's, and hither's"! <BR> <BR> Get your copy or online subscriptions and let's get started reading Shakespeare's Henry V. <BR> <BR> I will begin a discussion thread in the forum area below and notify the team. <BR> <BR> Thanks and happy summer reading! <BR> <BR> Annie Mon, 29 Jun 2009 07:34:19 EST VOTE HERE FOR OUR NEW SELECTION Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't post this right away. I was trying to do some research about the authors mentioned and get a concise list. The problem is that these folks were so prolific! <BR> <BR> I've narrowed our list down to 3 authors. I will need input on the actual book selected by those who know more than I do. <BR> <BR> Authors mentioned most were: <BR> <BR> William Shakespeare (Henry V specifically requested) <BR> <BR> Virginia Woolfe (Found 6 novels and many short storie... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:50:50 EST New Member from Charlotte, NC Hello everyone! :) <BR> <BR> I just joined the group, because I love to read. I've read most of Jules Verne and Michael Crichton, as well as CS Lewis, JRR Tolkein, etc. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm working on Agatha Christie, because I never read any of her works when I was younger. So far over the past year, I've read 25 of her books, and I've enjoyed every one. Right now, I'm reading "Evil Under the Sun". <BR> <BR> I'm also a knitter, and I like watching PBS in my craft room as I knit. ... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 04:10:03 EST Hello! I love reading, and I have many a classic waiting on the TBR list. My favorite classic authors are Austen, Emily Bronte, Homer, Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Shakespeare (if you count playwrights). I am currently trying to read all of the US presidents' biographies, but three years later I am only to Harrison/Tyler. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 11:59:59 EST NEW BOOK VOTE NOW! Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Sorry I was MIA for awhile. Things got crazy in 3D but are more orderly now thank goodness. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we need to renew our commitment this summer to reading the classics together and I think we need to set a goal of one per month to keep us going. <BR> <BR> I'm opening up the voting now. Finish whatever you are reading now and we will start the new book as soon as we get a good quorum of votes. <BR> <BR> Thanks and happy reading! <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:53:29 EST Film and Television Adaptation --Reviews, Comments I didn't see this anywhere on here, so here goes: <BR> <BR> Because the books read in this club are classical literature, they are often adapted to the variously sized silver screens, often several times. What are your favorites? What are the worst adaptations you've seen and why? Do you think there are ever any adaptations that do full justice to or even improve upon their source material? <BR> <BR> I would like to start off by recommending two adaptations of The Count of Monte Christo: <... Tue, 26 May 2009 22:22:22 EST Tess I'm just reading Tess. It is great! I have already seen the wonderful Polanski film. It is almost the only film I know of that keeps extremely close to the book and still is very good. Does anybody here know the film or the book? Sun, 26 Apr 2009 07:08:02 EST Hello... I'm new. This sounds like a great group. I'm a homeschooling mom and I don't have a lot of time to be very active on SparkPeople, but I do check in from time to time. <BR> One of my all-time fav classics is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. My family and friends always ask me what I want for Christmas, birthdays, etc. and the answer is without fail "A good book!" <BR> Thu, 9 Apr 2009 11:39:30 EST An Introduction Hello, My name is Amy and I just joined. I am heartened to see a group of readers, as it is my second favorite pastime. <BR> I just started reading "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins and I can't believe it's taken me this long to get to it, it's so engaging. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you! Tue, 31 Mar 2009 01:48:37 EST Workouts are helping my reading! I just got back into my morning workouts today after a long bout of bronchitis. I have been really sick for over a month. <BR> <BR> Today I noticed a huge difference in my ability to absorb information as I read and new clarity in my mind. All that extra oxygen must be making a big difference in how I think. <BR> <BR> So...exercise is good for the body and the mind! <BR> <BR> Happy reading, <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <em>150</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:26:14 EST Glad I started doing this! I am so glad I stumbled on this team and got moving with it. I really enjoy classic literature but it is hard to find like minded people in my 3D world. This is another reason that SP is the best site ever! <BR> <BR> I can satisfy my intellectual side without having to take loads of time away from my family to do so. It is a total win/win. <BR> <BR> I spent years feeling sort of lonely because my interests have always been really different than my family and friend's. Now I can enjoy ... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:03:01 EST My library cards Okay, I need a new wallet for all of the library cards I possess. I live in a rural area and every little town has a library. I had to search 3 of them to find the Count of Monte Cristo. I'm getting it online but I really prefer to read and hold the actual book. <BR> <BR> Here is my library card tally: <BR> <BR> Timpson 1 <BR> Mt. Enterprise 1 <BR> Center 1 <BR> Nacogdoches 1 <BR> Houston-Stella Link Branch 1 <BR> <B... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:18:51 EST Count of Monte Cristo Character List As you read the book you may want to refer to this summary of characters. <BR> <BR> Happy Reading! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Character List <BR> Edmond Dantes/Abbe Busoni/Count of Monte Cristo <BR> <BR> Dantes, the naïve sailor from Marseilles, is imprisoned as a political criminal in the Chateau D'If. Those he trusted imprison him. He remains in prison for fourteen years. He no longer is the same man once he breaks free, the lion of vengeance has grown in his soul. Revenge is reason for liv... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:37:37 EST Dumas' "Count of Monte Cristo" Discussion Hello club! We are starting the Count of Monte Cristo today (Monday, Feb. 16, 2009). As we begin the book I will search for discussion questions to get us thinking. <BR> <BR> Happy reading! <BR> <BR> Annie Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:29:15 EST POLLS ARE CLOSED-WE HAVE A NEW BOOK! Okay group we have decided to go with the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. <BR> <BR> If you can't get the actual book you can read it via email installments by registering with They will email it to you free in installments. If you read faster than they send it you can adjust it or just click the bottom of the page to get the next installment sent and it comes right away. <BR> <BR> I will start a discussion thread in the other forum below. <BR> <BR> Happy rea... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:14:26 EST YAHOO!!! So glad to see the enthusiasm here! I'll announce the new book on Monday and we can get going. <BR> <BR> This should be fun. I've always wanted to do this in 3D but could never find any classic lit lovers around me. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone, <BR> <BR> Annie <em>106</em> <em>149</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:55:04 EST NEW BOOK-VOTE NOW!!! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am starting this thread to begin a short voting period for a new book to read. Today is Feb 12. If we vote until Monday, Feb. 16 that should be ample time to tally the votes and choose a new book. We can begin reading and discussing by Feb. 20. (Time to get book). <BR> <BR> The pace will depend upon the size and depth of the book we choose so I am reluctant to say...okay let's do a book a month. I want to enjoy the journey without timeline pressure necessarily b... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:55:21 EST New leader Hi everyone! Since we seem to have several others that are truly interested in reading the classics I decided to ask admin to make me the leader so we can get started again. <BR> <BR> I love classic literature and will do my best to at least help get the dialog going but I need all of you to participate. <BR> <BR> Thanks for sticking around, <BR> <BR> Annie Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:33:23 EST book discussion I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a book we could read and discuss. We could post suggestions in this link and then in a couple of weeks take a vote on the books listed. It doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of people active in this team, but that just means that those of us that are here can post more comments about what we liked in the books. <em>20</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:48:49 EST Leader? Myself and another member wondered if this team had a leader. I know there isn't one listed, but I thought it might be nice to post a thread to find out for sure. If anyone has experience with the job would you be interested in it? It would be nice to have someone to lead discussions. Thanks. Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:45:21 EST I just happened to wander in... ...and wanted to say hello to everyone. My name is Jennifer and I am a twenty-six year old female living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I love to read and my goal this year; besides losing weight; is to read 100 books in 2009. When I was looking for books, I realized that I somehow missed reading all the classics. So my goal is to read 100 books and try to make at least 1/2 of those classics. Currently one of the books I'm reading is Charles Dickens "A Tale of Two Cities". Besides read... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:38:10 EST Hi! Any fans here of classic ... science fiction? I read all kinds of literature, as well as nonfiction, but just recently, I happened to read H.G. Wells' The Time Machine for the first time. Still a classic, even in eBook form on my iPod. :) <BR> <BR> I'd love to start a classic science fiction discussion, if anyone else on the team is up for it. <BR> <BR> For other info about me, my goals, my other interests, please visit my SparkPage! <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> Jennifer Sun, 18 Jan 2009 02:13:33 EST New book, anyone? Once everyone's back into their daily routines in the aftermath of the holidays, would anyone be interested in discussing a book? This team is getting very quiet, but there are a few new members who might be interested (including me). Sun, 11 Jan 2009 04:36:01 EST Books That Blew You Away I would like to hear if anyone's read any books that had a real emotional impact. Are there any books that you've read that you feel have changed your life or made you look at the world in a new way? <BR> <BR> For me, Pride and Prejudice was a revelation because it got me into literature, and Walden's a treasure because it's helped me form my ideals, but The Catcher in the Rye and Siddhartha may have saved my life. TCITR gave me a teenage hero who was as lost and confused as I was at that a... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 04:32:25 EST Hello All !!! I'm soooo excited I found this team I love all things books I am currently reading Madam Bovary by Gustav Flaubert it is becoming one of my favorite books of all time and I would love suggestions for any books like it !!! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 17:02:48 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found this team and couldn't wait to join. I love reading literature and have amassed a nice collection. My favorites are: <BR> <BR> Charles Dickens <BR> Harriet Beecher Stowe <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> Jane Austen <BR> Victor Hugo <BR> <BR> and many more. <BR> <BR> I have always been an avid reader. I began to enjoy literature when I was taking a World Lit. class in college. This class exposed me to Sophocles' plays, what's left of them. <BR> <BR> I'... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:58:03 EST Introducing Myself Hi all -- <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself -- my name is Alyssa, I live in NJ and I'm a married mom of 3 boys. I also run a software business with my husband, so as you can imagine, life is a bit crazy. I recently joined SparkPeople, and would love to lose somewhere in the ballpark of 40lbs. As for reading -- I spent the first 33 years of my life not at all realizing I loved reading! (spent my time programming computers). Now I'm trying to catch up, having never read most of the clas... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 09:11:22 EST Henry James Has anybody read works by Henry James? I've just started reading The Ambassadors. He is one of my favorite authors, I just love his style! Sun, 7 Dec 2008 07:00:48 EST Hi ya, Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. I love classical literature but feel that I am missing something since I have no one to discuss it with so I am really looking forward to discussing the classics with you. <BR> <BR> Cristeane Fri, 5 Dec 2008 16:04:36 EST Hi, I just joined. Hi, I'm a 21-year old art student currently residing not terribly far from the Chateau de Chillon, that great literary structure where Mary Shelley read Frankenstein and Byron carved his name into a dungeon wall. I've always loved reading, especially when I come upon a gem just browsing the stacks at my local used bookshop or cavernous library, like the time I borrowed a book from my sixth grade "Sustained Silent Reading" shelf because the cover had a drawing of a lady and a gentleman dancing... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:05:23 EST hello Hey I'm Marshall, <BR> i've been on spark people for a month and feeling good. <BR> <BR> I'll join in on the next book as soon as I know what it is. <BR> Fri, 3 Oct 2008 15:56:23 EST newbie Hello All: <BR> I thought I would join because I have an interest in reading a few books off the classic list, since I only read what I was forced to read in high school. I am a college student so I don't get to read fiction too often, as I read leadership books, and textbooks. <BR> <BR> I did talk a couple of friends into reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm surprised that wasn't on the 100 books list. <BR> <BR> Now sure how much I can add. I have read a lot of the poetry books on the list... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 07:44:58 EST I'm a modern girl who loves the classics! Hi! I joined this group a week ago and now introducing myself for the first time. As the topic says, I LOVE THE CLASSICS. I'll be very typical and tell you all that Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book in the world. I love J.R.R. Tolkien, George Elliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, and everyone else that I missed. I'm so excited to join in the rest of the conversations here! Mon, 11 Aug 2008 20:18:26 EST Well hello there... I was very glad to find this group! I usually have a reading ratio of two classics for every other book I read, you know, just to keep myself balanced. I generally read two or three books a week, depending on the length and amount of time I have. I used to have more time to read before I started focusing on getting in shape, but hey, exercising is important too, right? Thu, 24 Jul 2008 02:48:59 EST Hello all :) I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a couple of months. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss Russian classics and other fine works of literature. I may have to delve into my tattered copy of Crime and Punishment for the fourth time! :) <BR> <BR> Currently, I am reading Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee (Brown), The Gift (Hafiz), and Shakespeare's Henry IV. <BR> <BR> I must say that everyone who has not read the poetry of Hafiz, must try it! It is truly amazing! Mon, 30 Jun 2008 23:38:37 EST Hi Hi everyone, <BR> I have been with Spark People for about 10 days and just remembered that i had not introduced myself to this team. I love to read and at the start of this year i decided to have a look at different genres other than i read. I mostly read romance books and while i love a happy ending and will keep reading romances i would like to also read the classics. <BR> <BR> While looking at this site i have found that while you do have a list of classic books you don't have a book a mo... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 08:53:43 EST Do you ever wonder ______? Whatever happened to those who never respond anymore? Thu, 5 Jun 2008 18:39:20 EST NEWBIE; looking for some good reads Hello! I'm Kate, 19 and telling everyone about my 50 pound goal to up the accountability factor. <BR> <BR> <BR> I just re-read Of Mice and Men and was looking for some suggestions. <BR> I like Camus, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Steinbeck. <BR> All the semi-pretentious male writers circa the same time period. ;) <BR> Just wondering if anyone had any good ideas for me. <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2008 03:11:23 EST NEWBIE; looking for some good reads Hello! I'm Kate, 19 and telling everyone about my 50 pound goal to up the accountability factor. <BR> <BR> <BR> I just re-read Of Mice and Men and was looking for some suggestions. <BR> I like Camus, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Steinbeck. <BR> All the semi-pretentious male writers circa the same time period. ;) <BR> Just wondering if anyone had any good ideas for me. <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2008 03:10:33 EST Let us create a dream house. It should be surrounded with trees. Mon, 26 May 2008 21:32:49 EST What are you reading right now? Hi!! Just wanted to say hi and ask everyone what they're reading right now. I'm currently reading Flannery O'Connor. Wed, 14 May 2008 13:19:44 EST 100 World Classics Okay, this is from "The Book of Great Books. A Guide to 100 World Classics" by W. John Campbell, PhD <BR> <BR> I put an asterisk beside the titles I have read. <BR> <BR> Aneid - Virgil <BR> All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque <BR> All The King's Men - Robert Penn Warren <BR> Animal Farm - George Orwell <BR> As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner <BR> As You Like It - William Shakespeare <BR> The Awakening - Kate Chopin <BR> Beowulf - Anonymous <BR> Billy Budd - Herman Melville ... Sun, 4 May 2008 17:51:33 EST Hello, this is Hog Heaven! Really, I do think I'm in hog heaven here. <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for almost 6 months. It never even occurred to me that there were BOOK teams! I joined the Spark Bookworms and was searching for a thread about classics and Lo and Behold there is a team for it. Wow, how cool is this? <BR> <BR> I like to read a little bit of everything. But there is a special place for classic literature. I make it a point to pick up a new classic - one I somehow missed in the last 45 years - on a r... Sat, 3 May 2008 09:32:26 EST Toni Morrison -- "Love" 1. Why has Toni Morrison chosen Love as the title for her novel? In what ways is the book about love? What kinds of love affect and afflict its characters? What does the novel, taken as a whole, suggest about the nature of love? <BR> <BR> 2. How does the burgeoning civil rights movement affect the characters in the novel? What role does it play in May’s madness and in the decline of Mr. Cosey’s hotel? <BR> <BR> 3. What destroys the friendship between Heed and Christine and turns them in... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:58:16 EST Do Other People Still Read Classic Lit? I hope this place is real. <BR> Most book forums are about modern novels. <BR> ...which I have nothing against. <BR> I read one every now and then. <BR> <BR> But I'd love to have someone to read classics with while I refocus my energies on other pursuits while trying to drop some pounds. <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Apr 2008 18:32:29 EST Hi everyone! I was a member of this group before. I decided to start fresh however. I lost focus on my weight loss and I'm back to give it another go. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm on a Jane Austen kick. I bought a book that contains all of her works. I've read Pride and Prejudice, now I'm reading Sense and Sensibility. Wed, 2 Apr 2008 13:08:24 EST Hello All! Hi everyone! I LOVE the classics! I am still a bit new to sparkpeople and am looking for more ways to get involved and stay motivated. I was very excited to find this group and look forward to discussing some of the books with you all. Good luck everyone! Thu, 27 Mar 2008 01:17:44 EST Is anyone up for starting a new book? I'd love to get going on a new classic. I was going to wait until after a test I'm taking in April, but I need something to read now. Anybody else interested? Wed, 26 Mar 2008 17:59:46 EST Hello! Just happened on this team and wanted to join in. Hello to everyone. Sun, 16 Mar 2008 15:40:34 EST My Third Time on SP! My name is Erika and this is my third time on SparkPeople. I've decided that the third time is a charm and I'm going to do what it takes to make this time work. So I've joined several SparkTeams, this being one of them, in search of support and resources for things I do enjoy to do! <BR> <BR> I'm a mother of 4 beautful children, a wife to a wonderful man, a business owner and an overall very busy woman. In my free-time (though very limited) I enjoy reading and writing. Reading, especiall... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 18:21:17 EST Off Topic -- Wanna be on OPRAH? Are you a WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS story? <BR> <BR> Have you lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off? Have you tried every diet in the book and finally discovered the key to healthy weight loss. <BR> <BR> The Oprah Show is looking for weight loss success stories. If you or someone you know has lost a life-changing amount of weight, and are willing to share your story on The Oprah Show - then we would like to hear from you! Here is what we want you to do . . . Please mail us your stor... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:59:24 EST hello i am new Hello, <BR> i am petunia25 and i am a 21 year old pastry chef from chicago. I love books, however i have a passion for Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.I would like to find more novels like those but where do i start. Here i guess and i am excited. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2008 22:25:02 EST Librarians' Choice: Best Books (Part 2) 76. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Clarke) <BR> 77. The Good Soldier (Ford) <BR> 78. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston) <BR> 79. The Wind in the Willows (Graham) <BR> 80. Portnoy's Complaint (Roth) <BR> 81. The Plague (Camus) <BR> 82. The Little Prince (de Saint-Exupery) <BR> 83. The Bluest Eye (Morrison) <BR> 84. The Bean Trees (Kingsolver) <BR> 85. Tarzan of the Apes (Burroughs) <BR> 86. Sister Carrie (Dreiser) <BR> 87. A Good Man is Hard to Find (O'Connor) <BR> 88. Remembrance of Things Past (... Mon, 31 Dec 2007 15:53:35 EST Librarians' Choice: Best Books (Part 1) Check out this list of librarians' favorite books. <BR> <BR> Anything surprise you? Anything you haven't read yet? Anything you absolutely don't recognize? Anything you think is missing? <BR> <BR> 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee) <BR> 2. The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) <BR> 3. Lord of the Rings (Tolkien) <BR> 4. Gone With the Wind (Mitchell) <BR> 5. Beloved (Morrison) <BR> 6. The Color Purple (Walker) <BR> 7. Nineteen Eighty-Four (Orwell) <BR> 8. Animal Farm (Orwell) <BR> 9. Lord of the F... Mon, 31 Dec 2007 15:42:24 EST New (Sort of!!) Hello everyone! I am new (again) to the group! I joined back in August the first time I gave sparkpeople a try and I kind of fell out of the program. I'm back in full force now, realizing that I only have 9 months until my wedding and a lot of weight to lose in that time!! I'll try to keep up with the books, looks like I just missed Dostoevsky, I've been meaning to read The Brothers Karamazov, but I'm sure like most of you, have a stack of books that I'm waiting to get to reading!! One a... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 20:36:28 EST Another Newbie Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> While I'm new to this forum, I'm not new to the world of good books. <BR> <em>41</em> Too many favorites to list here. Currently, I'm working my way through the Greek and Latin literature on audio books in order to read some of them aloud to my kids. One of my many quirks, proper pronunciation, other wise I don't understand the gist of rest of the paragraph. Tue, 18 Dec 2007 19:12:12 EST One book I saw this on a friend's blog, anf thought it would be fun to post here, too. Hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> 1. One book that changed your life: <BR> All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (never really felt one way or the other about war until I read this one) <BR> <BR> 2. One book that you’ve read more than once: <BR> Princess: The Life Of A Princess In Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson <BR> <BR> 3. One book you’d want on a desert island: <BR> War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy (want ... Fri, 14 Dec 2007 20:38:21 EST Reading Colette now. Hi all : <BR> Just started reading Colette's ' The Ripeining Seed'. So far so good, not blowing me out of the water but plesant enough. Actually the last time I was really blown away recently was Maugham's ' Liza of Lambeth', does anybody else love that book ?? <BR> don't even get me started on how much I love George Gissings 'The Nether World'. I like gritty, emotional, intense books, and this book is worse than any conditions Dicken's described. Any thoughts on anything I have just menti... Wed, 12 Dec 2007 20:14:02 EST HI, I AM NEW !! Hi all : <BR> My name is Victoria and I am going to be 47 next month. I am a native New Yorker, but I now live in Essex, England as I am engaged to be married. Have been there since June. <BR> I love classic lit, particularly Victorian. I love Dickens, Gissing, the Bronte sisters, Wilkie Collins, et al... <BR> I need to lose a good 60 pounds and joined SP on Sunday. I am a vegetarian, and walk/treadmill as my main exercise. <BR> Would welcome all e-mails !! <BR> <BR> <em>263</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2007 19:13:42 EST Dostoyevsky's "Crime & Punishment" -- Discussion The following are themes, symbols, and motifs from Dostoyevsky's novel, as well as some questions to help us further understand them. Feel free to address these questions and themes, or discuss your own! <BR> <BR> 1. Alienation from Society <BR> How does Dostoyevsky portray alienation from society through his character Raskolnikov? What motivates Raskolnikov to alienate himself from others? What finally causes him to stop separating himself from others? <BR> <BR> 2. The Psychology of Cri... Mon, 3 Dec 2007 17:53:44 EST Should we select another book to read and discuss? I see this is a pretty quite site...does anyone want to select another classic to read together and discuss? Mon, 26 Nov 2007 12:53:25 EST Jane Austen's "Emma" -- Discussion 1) Emma has been dismissed as merely ‘harmless amusement’. Would you agree with this assessment? <BR> <BR> 2) Austen said Emma Woodhouse was a heroine "which no one but myself would like". Do you agree? <BR> <BR> 3) Emma experiences several major revelations in the novel that fundamentally change her understanding of herself and those around her. Which revelation do you think is most important to Emma’s development, and why? <BR> <BR> 4) In what ways, if at all, might Emma be considered a ... Mon, 27 Aug 2007 11:06:51 EST Jane Austen's "Emma" -- Themes Love and marriage <BR> <BR> All of Jane Austen’s novels are centred on the issues of love and marriage. The main focus of Emma is on the courtships of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill, Harriet Smith and Robert Martin and Emma and Mr Knightley. The perpetual shift in pairings shows the difficulty in finding lasting happiness: Harriet’s easily persuadable nature emphasizes how tenuous is romantic love, perhaps even undermining it, while Emma’s blindness to her true feelings show that honesty a... Mon, 27 Aug 2007 11:05:20 EST Historical Background for Jane Austen's "Emma" At the time Jane Austen was writing, the revolutionary spirit was sweeping up Europe on its way to the New World, culminating in the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the French Revolution in 1789. For most of Jane Austen’s adult life Britain was at war with France. <BR> <BR> In the arts, the Romantic movement was nearing its height. Romanticism stressed the importance of emotion and the individual imagination. The poets Wordsworth and Coleridge, the painter J.M.W. Turner... Mon, 27 Aug 2007 10:58:58 EST Jane Eyre Chapters 31 - to the end. How did you like this book? <BR> <BR> Any observations you may have made? Tue, 7 Aug 2007 13:49:42 EST Jane Eyre Chapters 21 - 30 I'm not this far yet but some of you may be. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts so far? <BR> <BR> How do you think Jane's life is going to turn out? <BR> <BR> What might you have done differently if in the same situations? Tue, 7 Aug 2007 13:47:45 EST Becoming Jane They're making a movie about Jane Austen's life! Coming this Friday, August 10th, to a theater near you! <BR> <BR> Think you'll go see it? <BR> <BR> I think it'd be interesting to watch this film and perhaps discuss how her life influenced her writing. Perhaps we could even read a Jane Austen book in honor of the film. This film could give us some additional insight into her writing. Tue, 7 Aug 2007 09:56:52 EST Jane Eyre Chapters 11-20 What do you think of Mr. Rochester? Do you find him Amiable? <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite passage or sentiment? <BR> <BR> Do you think Jane keeps in contact with anyone from Lowood? What are her dreams? Put yourself in her place what would you be thinking? Sat, 4 Aug 2007 01:17:44 EST BOOKS!!! Since this is a book club, I figured a fun way to introduce ourselves would be to talk about books! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Riddle me this: <BR> <BR> 1. What is your favorite book and why do you like it? <BR> 2. What is your least favorite book and why? <BR> <BR> My favorite book is SULA by Toni Morrison. I read it as part of a Women's Literature course in college, and was amazed by her use of language. There is a scene in the book where the main character walks in on her husband with h... Mon, 16 Jul 2007 17:22:44 EST Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Chapters 1 - 10 Since we have just picked this book I know it may take a few days for everyone to get it. I will be posting some questions soon and if you want to add any please feel free to do so. Happy reading. Sun, 8 Jul 2007 23:28:07 EST The Picture of Dorain Gray - chapters 11- 20 Hi - I am posting these chapters a bit earlier than planned - but - my computer is making all kinds of wierd noises - so - I am putting the reaminder of questions and thoughts online today just in case - <BR> <BR> If you have not finished the book - there are several questions that would give you an idea into furture happenings - so do not read the questions if you do not want to know --- <BR> <BR> Once again - altho I put my 2 cents into the questions - most of them come from internet ... Mon, 25 Jun 2007 15:08:44 EST The Picture of Dorian Gray - Chapters 6- 10 A great question to keep in mind when reading --- <BR> Who is most to blame for the tragedy of Dorain Gray? Dorian - Basil - Lord Henry -- <BR> <BR> How have attittudes toward homosexuality changed over the last century? How and why did these changes occur? What issues are we facing today? <BR> <BR> Is there a relationship between art and morality? Should there be? Should art serve a social good? Should the government have the right to censure? <BR> <BR> Chapter 6 <BR> 1. How does... Tue, 19 Jun 2007 19:48:54 EST Oscar Wilde quotes Oscar Wilde quotes: <BR> <BR> Happiness - <BR> Pleasure is the only things to live for. Nothing ages like happiness. <BR> <BR> Life - <BR> The truth in rarely pure and never simple <BR> <BR> Seeing - <BR> The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible <BR> One does not see anything until one sees its beauty <BR> <BR> Wealth - <BR> Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 12:56:29 EST THE Picture of Dorian Gray - chapters 1-5 I will have the questions for these chapters posted by tomorrow night - Sat, 16 Jun 2007 18:40:46 EST Newbie alert! hey all-- <BR> I'm new to Spark people and to this team, but I'm an avid reader and can't wait to talk about great literature! Tue, 5 Jun 2007 01:21:17 EST June read? Have we picked a book for June? There are lots of great suggestions on the board so far but thought we should pick to give everyone time to locate copies. <BR> Mich Wed, 30 May 2007 23:30:00 EST Supplemental Reading for Grapes of Wrath - To learn of the angry reactions of Californians to The Grapes of Wrath, read Frank J. Taylor's "California's Grapes of Wrath." <BR> - Martin Shockley's "The Reception of The Grapes of Wrath in Oklahoma." <BR> - Read a simpler view of migrant workers in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, or about a strike of migrant workers in his In Dubious Battle. <BR> - Read his Nobel Prize speech. ( <BR> - View the 1940 film based on this novel (available on video tape). How closely... Wed, 9 May 2007 15:52:44 EST Grapes of Wrath: Ch. 21-30 1. How does Steinbeck define the danger of machines? What makes technology a threat to humanity? What are the "paradoxes of industry" that Steinbeck refers to? What do they result in? <BR> 2. How does Mr. Thomas (Ch. 22) treat the workers? How does Tom feel about working? In what ways does Mr. Thomas represent the dilemma of the small farmer? <BR> 3. What do the events in Chapter 22 say about charity, religion, and hard work? <BR> 4. What do the episodes at the Weedpatch government camp su... Mon, 7 May 2007 14:49:46 EST Grapes of Wrath: Ch. 11-20 1. What comparisons/contrasts does Steinbeck offer of organic and inorganic things? What are machines according to him? What are people? What is a "machine man"? Why is he "contemptuous of the land and of himself"? <BR> <BR> 2. Why do we get two chapters in a row (11 and 12) featuring the abstract, larger perspective rather than the alternation between it and the life of the Joad family? Why is the order of the first third of the novel changed? What has happened on the level of the narrative... Mon, 7 May 2007 14:48:55 EST Grapes of Wrath: Ch. 1-10 Discussion Questions: feel free to use these as a jumping board for discussion, or to simply address your personal questions/insights! No need to answer all of them, unless you really want to! <BR> <BR> 1. What does the setting of the opening scene suggest about the rest of the novel? What does it suggest about family structure? Why is the novel divided into thirty chapters? Is this number and structure significant? Why? <BR> <BR> 2. What is the meaning of the ride Tom gets from a tru... Mon, 7 May 2007 14:48:21 EST Ongoing Newcomers Thread Hello again, I just joined! <BR> <BR> JES313S, thanks for the link! That made it so much easier... Sun, 6 May 2007 17:46:09 EST Suggested Reading List all the books you're interested in reading here! Sun, 6 May 2007 12:31:14 EST