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289 Hey Sarah - I'll send you a message in the other little group :)

Yes, definitely read The Mayor of Casterbridge - it's such a wonderful book!
289 Hi everyone - it feels like far too long since I have joined in here *waves*.

I have just read Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge and absolutely LOVED it! I can highly recommend it if you haven't read it yet.

I am reading Armadale by Wilkie Collins at the moment. I'm not getting into it as quickly as I did with The Woman in White but it is a big meaty tome and I think there is a lot of scene setting first. I'm still enjoying it though.

Has anyone read either of these two?
Dec 22, 2010 03:47AM

289 Just popping on to say Merry Christmas everyone ☺ I'm away for a week now so I hope you all have wonderful holidays and may Santa visit you all with book-shaped packages a-plenty ☺
Dec 21, 2010 01:42AM

289 Faith wrote: "I'm happy to read Little Dorrit. It'll be my first Dickens read since 9th grade English. I always remember really disliking Great Expectations and that turned me off of Dickens since then. I've see..."

Faith, I had a similar experience to you. I had to read GE at school also and I HATED it! It was disected within an inch of its life and I got no enjoyment out of it at all. However, about 2 years ago I made myself pick it up again and I loved it! What a different experience it was for me (and I loved the humour in it which I had missed first time round).

The only other book by Dickens that I have read is A Christmas Carol (which is one of my favourite all time books) so I don't know why I am so scared of reading his others. Maybe it's the length?
Dec 21, 2010 01:35AM

289 It's so lovely to hear from people who will be joining in as their first read with the group ☺ Hope you enjoy it!
Dec 21, 2010 01:30AM

289 Yes that's right, Rochelle.

I like the sound of that plot also - hope you remember who it's by as I'd love to read it.
Dec 20, 2010 04:09AM

289 Did someone say Italy? Count me in ☺

Rochelle, I LOVE your avi with the cat and his santa hats - so cute!
Dec 17, 2010 08:00AM

289 Hello and welcome to all newbies ☺
Dec 16, 2010 02:37PM

289 Malcolm, it's not often that I need to step in with my moderator hat on but on this occasion I feel it necessary, unfortunately.

In the Victorians group we have members from all over the world and I politely request that we all respect each other and our backgrounds. I find it offensive that you think that anyone other than a Brit wouldn't be able to lead or contribute to a conversation about a book by a British author (and I am a Brit, so I can only guess at how this may come across to other members). None of us were around in the 19th century so I'm not sure what you mean about keeping it in historical context.

Please can I remind all members that this group is for all nationalities and levels of interest in the works of Victorian novels and all we ask is that you enjoy the book discussions and when you leave the thread after reading or commenting, you leave it in a place that is enjoyable for all.
Dec 16, 2010 01:30PM

289 Marialyce - I loved Dixon. You're right, she was much more than a servant to the Hales (although she never forgot her place, I believe).

In the TV adaptation she was played by Pauline Quirke who is a much-loved and very famous British actress and I honestly felt that she was so right for the part. Dixon was so loyal to the family even though she hated living up north - she would never have left Mrs Hale.

What do others think?
Dec 16, 2010 01:25PM

289 Malcolm wrote: "Just completed ch. 30. HOME AT LAST. The title has a double meaning, Frederick home in England, to be with his mother, and Mrs Hale gone to glory to the bosom of her father in heaven - free from ..."

Malcolm, the brother in East Lynne came to my mind too when I read North and South. N&S was written 6 years before East Lynne though (and that is a book I would love to discuss with this group - it's one of my favourite books ever!)
Dec 15, 2010 11:05AM

289 Hurray!

You now have 4 ladies to keep you all in check - and we're really mean en masse so be careful...very careful!

Only joking! It's great to have so much enthusiasm and input and ideas to make this group even better ☺
Dec 15, 2010 03:26AM

289 Hi and welcome to Sarah, Gwyneth, Mike and Leslie (and thanks for making me laugh, Leslie - I have similiar "pre-coffee" issues myself!)
Dec 12, 2010 01:11PM

289 Sarah, I have a copy of Persophone's version of The Shuttle - are all their copies abridged do you know? It looks like a really thick book to me, but I would be disappointed if it turned about to be so (it cost quite a lot too!)
Dec 12, 2010 01:07PM

289 Hi there to all newbies - great to have you join us and look forward to seeing you all around ☺
Dec 02, 2010 03:25AM

289 Ok, so far we have the following books nominated:

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens

Silas Marner by George Eliot Silas Marner by George Eliot

Jude the Obscure (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

Aurora Floyd (Oxford World's Classics) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Shirley (Oxford World's Classics) by Charlotte Brontë Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Uncle Silas by Le Fanu

Some great nominatations here. Thanks for your contributions so far. We will start the voting on 9th December.
Dec 02, 2010 03:15AM

289 Fleur wrote: "I'd love to read Madame Bovary. I've read it before, a long time ago, ut it's time for a reread, and I need an excuse to buy the much praised new translation by Lydia Davis."

I have a copy of this new translation, Fleur, and I must admit it looks very accessible. If this wins I really look forward to reading it.
Dec 01, 2010 01:37PM

289 Some great nominations guys. I could happily read several of these.
Dec 01, 2010 01:36PM

289 Silencio wrote: "I don't know if it had already been read but I would like to nominate A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens."

Hi Silencio, this book was actually read as a group last December, so would you like to nominate something else?
Dec 01, 2010 11:40AM

289 I would like to nominate:

Aurora Floyd (Oxford World's Classics) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

I adored Lady Audley's Secret and have heard that this is a great sensational novel too.
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