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Jul 11, 2016 01:38PM

24399 I know, Renee!!!
Jul 06, 2016 01:28AM

24399 Renee wrote: "Heart of Darkness is the only Conrad I have read. It haunted me. It made me think about things I had never really thought about"

I agree! Did you ever read A Bend in the River? It is like a re-telling of Heart of Darkness but even better, imho!
Jun 29, 2016 01:43AM

24399 Renee wrote: "It is a wonderful char story. You meet Ove as a grumpy old man. The book then goes on to show you how he became who he is.

It made me laugh and cry. I wanted to become Ove's friend.

Sounds fantastic! Definitely my type of read!
Jun 29, 2016 01:42AM

24399 Renee wrote: "Yes the kindle got stolen. I hadn't thought about using the comp. I was too busy being angry with myself for being careless.

But now the book is at the library. I just need time to read. We have f..."

I am so sorry that someone stole your Kindle. That is terrible :( Do not beat yourself up about it too much. It can happen to the best of us!

I cannot wait to hear your thoughts about it! So far, I like Heart of Darkness better, but I am enjoying this title too. My reading slowed too because I have family coming in for the 4th. Happy early 4th of July! <3
Jun 27, 2016 04:15PM

24399 Mitsurugi wrote: "Why not download the free ebook version Adri posted about. I did, though I had not started reading it yet."

You reading with us Mitsurugi?
Jun 27, 2016 04:13PM

24399 Renee wrote: "I am really surprised at my library. They do not have the book. I think they have overdone the thinning of the shelves. I am waiting for an inter library loan. I wil be joining late"

No worries, Renee. We are reading it through July too. Plenty of time to join in! I am reading slowly as I am reading a couple of books at one time. Did the Kindle get stolen at the Starbucks? No one turned it in? Do you have a computer? You can download the Kindle for PC program and read from there.
Jun 27, 2016 04:10PM

24399 Renee wrote: "Thanks. A Man Called Ove has become one of my all time favorites"

Ooo, what did you like about it without giving away any spoilers?
Jun 24, 2016 02:03AM

24399 Posted by Jeffrey in Yahoo Cafe Libri:

In chapter 2, after an injury, Jim seems to have joined the slackers, taken an easy job rather then struggle to return home. He seems to have lost confidence in himself. He became an "unsubstantial shadow" of himself He traded the adventure of being a seaman for the comfort of "eternal peace of Eastern sky and sea." Conrad describes this eastern shore as being like a drug, offering "feastal sunshine," "holiday pageant," "eternal serenity." Can this dream really turn tragic?

My response to Jeffrey:

Oh for sure! I loved the way Jim's transformation is described in this chapter. One mishap where he did not perform as well as he expected in the middle of a crisis, and his whole outlook about himself, his profession, and his future life changes. I felt like this response was very gendered. I tried to think of female characters where this happens to in novels, and I could not come up with a name.
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Jun 24, 2016 02:00AM

24399 Gemma wrote: "Hi Everyone,

I'm Gemma and presently live in Romania. I mostly write poetry but also try different things too.
I love reading all kind of books but I can't read what most people do; like The Hung..."

Just wanted to say welcome to the group, Gemma! Do you try the ebook versions of these big names?
Jun 24, 2016 01:59AM

24399 Renee wrote: "A man cslled Ov3"

Finally added this title to the future reading list, Renee. :)
Jun 24, 2016 01:55AM

24399 Renee wrote: "Wow that is really good to hear. You have worked so hard. Congrats"

Thanks so much, Renee! I have a lot of work to get done this summer as I am teaching again during the academic year. So, I do not want to leave too much writing once I begin teaching. It takes up too much time, and I do not want anything stopping me from moving on with my life at this point. :)
Jun 20, 2016 02:08PM

24399 Renee wrote: "happy to be along for the ride.Hope everyone has been well"

Great to hear from you again, Renee! Doing well! I should finish my PhD this academic year!
Jun 19, 2016 05:35PM

24399 My response to Jeffrey:"

I had the same musings about the introduction and the word choice of "morbid." It bothered me that Conrad gendered the opinion and racialized it as well-- a woman of Italian, I believe, descent--and then he qualifies this by saying she was not from that particular country because people there would not find the book morbid.

I think he was being a bit defensive because of the criticisms he received of the book.

I really liked how he ended the introduction too. In general, I like many of the ways he writes ideas into such beautiful sentences and images. There was a particular point in chapter 2 where he describes sleep as being a brother of death. So stunning and apt. I remember feeling the same way about "Heart of Darkness." There is much I enjoy about Conrad's writing, but then much that offends me. It's a love/hate relationship at times.
Jun 19, 2016 05:27PM

24399 Posted by Jeffrey in Yahoo Cafe Libri:

Just opened the e-book and read the brief introduction. It opens with an ironic tone and then Conrad goes on to deny the book is morbid but rater displays an "acute consciousnesses of lost honor."

I would suppose that 'morbid' conveys approximately the same meaning as 'dark'.

If so I am not sure how an acute consciousness of lost honor could be described as anything but morbid. It seems to be a symptom of a disease of the soul, or if you prefer, of the mind.

Perhaps Conrad is still being ironic, not denying the book is morbid but just saying that is not the focus of the book. Or of us, his readers.

I was blown away by the last two sentences. Lord Jim is one of us. Just so. Lord Jim is Everyone and everyone is Lord Jim.
Jun 15, 2016 02:25PM

24399 This thread is for discussing the June 2016 book of the month Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad.
Jun 14, 2016 12:34PM

24399 We could also read Dorothy Must Die. It's a free read from Barnes and Nobel this month :)
Jun 13, 2016 09:06PM

24399 Anyone interested in reading a book from this list? I was thinking of starting with "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad and making my way down the list over the summer. Comment if you want in!
Nov 14, 2015 01:15AM

24399 We are in the process of revamping the group, so be ready for us to kickstart Cafe Libri back into gear! Shelli and I are super excited for the new look! :)
Nov 14, 2015 01:13AM

24399 I just wanted to share a book review I wrote recently with the group. Nothing fancy as I do not have a lot of time to write reviews these days. Still, I wanted to share it:
Jun 12, 2015 11:57PM

24399 For book discussions about Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the July and August 2015 book of the month. It is 525 pages.

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