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Dorothy W.

The Year of Magical Thinking was one of those books I came across in a used book store recently that I didn't buy, but later wished I had. I should always give in to the impulse to buy books, shouldn't I? Let that be a lesson ...

Danielle

When it comes to books I usually give into my impulses--probably too much so! The Didion book is really good, hard reading in terms of content, but well done.

Stefanie

The count of Monte Cristo is really that good? I've not read it but now I am going to have to eventually if it's good enough for a desert island!

Danielle

Stefanie--I loved the Count of Monte Cristo. It is a very entertaining story. If you want to just read it, you might give the abridged version a go. The unabridged story is pretty long and Dumas is known to have gone off on tangents! I think this might have been serialized--if he got paid by the word he must have forked in the cash! But I liked the unabridged version--I will have to reread it someday!

bloglily

I have a friend who really liked the Count of Monte Cristo a lot and now, knowing how much you liked it, I think it's got to be at least acquired. Is there a translation that's better than others?

Victoria

I'm going to give in and do this meme thing today I think...even though I should be writing serious critique posts on Ray Bradbury and David Mitchell instead! :-)

Also, Eve's Alexandria is starting its own internal bookclub, and I should post about that. The five of us will be reading the same thing and then orchestrating a discussion...like theatre for our readers and that other people can join in with if they like. :-) We're reading a play first...should be fun.

BikeProf

I also love The Count of Monte Cristo--it's one of my favoite books. It's such a satisfying thing to watch Dantes's plan slowly develop. Infinitely better than that insipid movie version.

Danielle

Bloglily--I just read the Modern Library version. I never really gave much thought about translators until I started W&P, but I found that version very readable.
Victoria--yes, please do the meme--I think it is fun reading everyone's responses. What fun to have an internal book club--looking forward to your discussion. I rarely read plays--I know I need to--I suspect that I am missing out!
Bikeprof--the movie was *horrible*!!!!! They mangled the story to begin with--it was really painful to watch, which I did right after I read the book. I love the character of Edmond Dantes--his revenge was so well plotted!

Matt

So many "blogs" so little time. I'm behind in reading all the blog posts as well. Still going through the link of the 100 vacation reads from The Time (London) that you posted a few days ago. I'll get to this meme as soon as I've organized my thoughts. :)

Polaris

Agree about Monte Cristo. I liked it more when I read the unabridged version.

Danielle, this reminds me to look at Brave New World again. I remember starting it many years ago and then for no reason at all, I abandoned it. Just remembered it yesterday when Cinemax was showing a preview of *yet another* clone movie.

Guess I'll tag myself and answer the questions ;-).

Federica

Hello,

Hope I am not disturbing but this is a nice looking blog on a great subject...I am a 'mature' student (ie over 20 but below 40) and I am finally getting my degree in modern literature (in Italy!). Part of my thesis is 'reading habits in the uk'. I need at least 50 people to fill in a short questionaire. Some of the questions are similar to this post, too...I ve created it online

http://www.my3q.com/go.php?url=fedesurvey/42041

I hope you dont mind me asking here your reader to click and fill it? It's totally anonymous. Many many many many thanks - mille grazie!

Ciao

Fede

Cipriano

Danielle, I really like what you mention about Rupert Brooke et al. For so long I have loved his poetry and been intrigued by the entire persona of Brooke.
He died so young, so young.
There are plenty of good biographies of Brooke, but these only serve to make his death seem like more of a tragedy, more of a loss.

"If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England."
(from 'The Soldier')

Danielle

Cipriano--Yes, there is actually a lot written about Rupert Brooke. I think I have at least one biography, one book of letters, and a book written from when he was traveling here in the US. And I have seen that quote--very sad!

Mike B.

I just completed my list and I can't believe how unoriginal my selections were. But anytime there's a list, I'm all for it. Thanks Danielle.

les in ne

I thought Didion's book was very moving, too. I read a few criticisms after it was released, but thought she was spot-on with her descriptions of how one grieves. I read it right after reading Neal Peart's Ghost Rider (he lost his daughter and wife within a year of each other) and was touched by both memoirs.

I have A Brave New World in my stacks and hope to get to it next month when I begin my reading challenge.

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