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What's it like to be a kickbutt artist? [06 Jun 2006|02:53pm]

My DH, Dave, works at a library, so I can send him forth to get me all kinds of cool books, which he did for me concerning MB. The copy he got for me has letters from Flaubert to Louise Colet. (Apparently, LC was his lover, although they didn't get it on very much. But that's a whole different discussion.)

Anyway, at one point Flaubert writes, "What is making me go so slowly [when writing MB] is that nothing in this book is derived from myself; never has my personality been of less use to me. Later I may be able to produce things that are better (I certainly hope so); it is difficult for me to imagine that I will ever write anything more carefully calculated."

Ooooookay, so, here's what I have to say about that:

a. Huuummmm . . . What's it like to able to write something that doesn't really spring from your experience?
b. And, what's it like to be writing a kickbutt book, but not really know it?

But here's the clencher!!

Later, in the reviews section of the book that Dave got me, there's a review by Charles Augustin Saint-Beuve, who apparently was a big deal book critic back then. He writes: "The novelist entirely refrains from taking sides; he is present only in order to watch, to reveal and to say everything, but not even his profile appears in a single corner of the novel. The work is entirely impersonal. This, in itself, demonstrates remarkable strengh."

Ummm . . . wow! What is it like to try to attempt something artistic, and then have a critic totally recognize what you've done as fullfilling your goal?

Okay, so I mentioned this to another friend, and he was totally unimpressed. What do y'all think? Is it a big deal that Flaubert managed to write a book that came totally from outside himself? Can you think of other authors who've done it well?
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June Book Selection!!!! [30 May 2006|11:58pm]

Any suggestions/ideas for the book of the month for June?
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Emma Bovary [08 May 2006|05:15pm]

Question about Emma . . .

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Another Reading Selection [24 Apr 2006|03:46pm]

Properdrama friends -- We need another reading selection!

Please comment with your choice -- I will choose the selection that has the most votes (no write-ins).

1. Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
2. He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Votes will close Wednesday night at 9 p.m.1
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Mansfield Park [22 Feb 2006|08:51am]

I posted last week about a possible discussion about Fanny . . . No one replied! Ack! Did anyone else read Mansfield and care to discuss anything about it? You name the topic!
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Mansfield Park [15 Feb 2006|06:46pm]

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CHANGE OF PLANS!!!!! [17 Jan 2006|04:06pm]

Okay, Properdrama friends --

We are having a slight change in plans (if you've already started Pride and Prejudice, please don't send me hate mail). Due to so many people having reread Pride and Prejudice recently because of the new movie that was out in November, we are changing our reading selection to:

(drumroll please)

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Wooooooo hooooo!

Can you tell I'm excited????

I'm starting tonight.
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Our First Assignment of the New Year [16 Jan 2006|03:43pm]

Well friends, after looking at the poll results and seeing that most everyone wants a shorter length novel, I decided to make our first reading assignment of the new year. Seeing that I aboslutely cannot seem to get on with any books on my reading list until after I have read a Jane Austen novel, I am choosing Pride and Prejudice (a mere 300 pages or so).

Let's read this by February 14th.

Let the discussing begin!

Remember to use LJ cut feature to discuss any topics that might give away plot points, character reveals, etc.

Happy reading!
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Hey there, literature lovers! [09 Jan 2006|09:49am]

[ mood | thirsty ]

Okay, so we sucked as moderators of our brand new book club last fall, but November was a foolish time to get up a new book club, anyway. What were we thinking? Anyway, it's a new year, time for lots of resolutions and guess what one of mine is? You guessed it! To get this puppy up and running! Yay!

So, you can help us out by responding to the following poll. Thanks to all in advance for participating!

Poll #648356 We are going to make this happen, people.

Uncle Tom's Cabin...read it?

Yes, the very month it was selected and I've been waiting to discuss it!
I'm halfway through it and I'd really like to finish it. Can we finish this book club selection, please?
Uh, I cracked the book. Does that count? Eh, I'll do whatever.
No. A new year, a new book! Let's move on.

Suggestion box! What do you want to read next?

Romance me, baby! I'll take Jane Austen's "Emma."
Let's get Christian with it. Hit me with C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia." (Yep! the whole series.)
I'm in the mood to cheer on the underdog! Can we do Charles' Dickens "Great Expectations"?
Does everything have to be 500 pages with you? Can we please read something shorter? "The Screwtape Letters," "A Christmas Carol," "Pride and Prejudice"? I'll take anything as long as it's short!

The write-in ballot! We love your input! I can't guarantee when/if your suggestion will be chosen, but here's your chance to tell me what you really think. Suggest a Book!

Now suggest an author! This will all be useful information for future poll-making. And thank you for participating!

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Inaugural Post [01 Nov 2005|11:15pm]

Hello there, fellow literature lovers!  Thank you for stopping by.  This is a new book club for fans of classic American and English literature created by quiltnaked  and momandmore

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Our general plan is to read one book per month, discuss that book through spontaneous post threads and/or assigned literary analysis devices, and to make our future book-of-the-month selections on a rotating member's choice or perhaps poll-taking basis.   As you can see, we have already made our first selection, Uncle Tom's Cabin, to be read the month of November.  Membership is moderated, so if you would like to join in the fun, just let us know.  We love new perspectives and I'm sure if you get as geekishly excited about the classics as we do, you will fit right in.

Posting Guidelines for members
This month, since the club is new and we're getting a bit of a late start, we'd like to encourage you to post spontaneously as you read with whatever may be on your mind concerning the book. I mean this as opposed to having an assigned means of literary analysis, such as looking for themes or character studies. We'd like to sort of play it casual this first month. So whatever pops into your head that you'd like to bring up for discussion, post about it! We do request, however, that in order to preserve the story line for all readers, you put the contents of your post under a cut titled with the chapter number. That way readers who have not yet reached that chapter won't get any unwanted spoilers. But feel free to use the subject line to reel us in.


Poster: Suzy Q
Subject: subplot tension thickens
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See? So that will keep the whole world turning nicely. If you haven't done an LJ cut before, please read this.

We are looking forward to the outcome of this community and hope you will enjoy reading and gabbing about reading as much as we do. Thanks for joining us!
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