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Dec 08, 2015 12:43AM

37584 Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

A Northern Christmas by Rockwell Kent

Other possible choices:

Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley
Nov 02, 2015 01:43AM

37584 My copy is the trade paperback, 464 pages.

week of Nov. 3 - Prologue through Ch. 9, pp. 1 - 119
week of Nov. 10 - Ch. 10 through Ch. 16, pp. 120 - 255
week of Nov. 17 - Ch. 17 through Ch. 25, pp. 256 - 377
week of Nov. 24 - Ch. 26 through end, pp. 378 - afterword/glossary

Note: I deliberately made the last week's section shorter due to it being Thanksgiving week.
Oct 09, 2015 12:17AM

37584 Part I Discussion --

So, this is week one of our discussion of Part I of The Bell Witch and boy were we treated to a lot of information in this first part.

In Part I, we get the set up. Betsy Bell has been tormented frequently by nightmares, but they're more like waking nightmares, as she feels like someone is literally lying atop her, holding her down, forcing themselves on her. Did anyone else hear alarm bells going off? Then we're treated to the next morning with Betsy's mom, Lucy, asking Betsy about her nightmares and then, when Betsy says she doesn't want to talk about it, this: "Part of Lucy, buried and ashamed, relaxed with Betsy's answer." Now what exactly is behind that reaction?

The same night that Betsy experienced another dreadful waking nightmare, the chimney exploded. Another strange occurrence. And then, not too long after these events, Betsy falls ill and then falls under a coma-like state.

I won't go into too much detail about the various events in Part I, as we all read it. But I will say that there were definitely some creepy moments. How about when the three young Bell brothers go into that cave and the voice speaks to Williams Bell? Terrifying.

At the root of this story, there are definitely some family problems. Jack seems to be a tyrant-like family leader and possibly abusive, physically perhaps...definitely emotionally. He is also abusive toward his slaves. There is also the belief that he is having an affair with the Batts woman which is another betrayal of the family. Then we have various innuendos throughout, such as "Then he saw something in Lucy's face, something unfamiliar and alien, angry and knowing. He turned away, staring at the floor." This was Jack after he tried furiously to wake Betsy from her newfound coma state. It really makes me wonder what's really going on at the root of this story.

More insight into the family trouble issue is seen when schoolmaster Richard Powell (who has a thing for Betsy) shares his thoughts with Lucy on the theory that the occurrences in the house and with Betsy could be from a form of hysteria experienced in young girls of Betsy's age. This immediately had me thinking of Stephen King's Carrie. Perhaps Betsy has experienced some type of abuse from a man in her social circle which could perhaps bring on a form of telekinesis...a way for her to vent her frustration and anger. Of course, this is all theory and speculation on my part as well. HaHa.

Oh, and let's not forget that mysterious horned and cloven hoofed figure Jack Bell keeps seeing. Another decidedly creepy aspect of this story. It seems the devil is at his door. What has Jack done to warrant such attentions, I wonder?

All will be revealed (I hope)!

What were your thoughts on this first Part of The Bell Witch?

For a more extensive post on The Bell Witch with a history of the legend, visit my read-a-long post here: http://castlemacabre.blogspot.com/201...

Note: "Cursed: The Bell Witch" an A&E series premiers October 26th. Details here: http://www.bellwitch.org/news.htm
Sep 27, 2015 04:21AM

37584 This schedule is based on the Kindle version:

week of October 6 - Part I
week of October 13 - Part II
week of October 20 - Part III & IV
week of October 27 - Part V
Sep 01, 2015 09:21AM

37584 Lucy wrote: "Thanks, Michelle!See you next week."

You're welcome!

Funny story...I spent about two hours searching for this book, only to finally realize it was staring me in the face not 2 feet away from me on my large books shelf. lol
Aug 31, 2015 04:35AM

37584 Our first discussion on Twitter will be Tuesday, September 8, but feel free to discuss here at your leisure. This schedule only reflects the actual narrative of the book. The afterword, sources, timeline, etc. are not included.

Sept. 8 - Once Upon a Time - Ch. 2 (pp ix - 35)
Sept. 15 - Ch. 3 - 5 (pp 36 - 76)
Sept. 22 - Ch. 6 - 7 (pp 77 - 110)
Sept. 29 - Ch. 8 - 10 (pp 111 - 149)
Aug 03, 2015 09:45AM

37584 My edition - trade paperback, 386 pages (excluding author bio and acknowledgements)

Aug. 4 - Part One - Ch. 11 (pp 1 -97)
Aug. 11 - Ch. 12 - 24 (pp 98 - 193)
Aug. 18 - Ch. 25 - 39 (pp 194 - 286)
Aug. 25 - Ch. 40 - end (pp 287 - 386 [end])
Jul 01, 2015 01:56AM

37584 My copy is the 2008 uncorrected bound manuscript (yup, you read that right. lol), trade paperback, 500 pages.

July 7: pp 1 - 122 (Stop at "The Uninvited Guest")
July 14: pp 123 (The Uninvited Guest) - 254 (stop at "What are you looking at?")
July 21: pp 254 (What are you looking at?) - 374 (stop at "The keeper")
July 28: pp. 374 (The keeper) - end (p. 500 - In Memory of those lost at sea)
Jun 01, 2015 05:21PM

37584 Melissa wrote: "I'm in!!!! My book is a lil different but I'm gonna try to keep up!"

Yay, Melissa! Glad to have you with us this month. :)
May 31, 2015 03:08AM

37584 Discussion Guide (obtained from litlovers.com):

1. What lessons does Arthur learn from each of his transformations—into fish, hawk, ant, goose, and badger?

2. What does Merlyn mean that Might does not make Right? In what way does his concept challenge the existing ideals of medieval society? How is that concept apropos the history of the 20th century—or any era of history?

3. In what ways does White satirize war in his book? What is his concept of war? Do you agree?

4. The first sections of the book were written during the run-up to, and early years of, World War II, during which time White declared himself a conscientious objector. Does knowing that have any effect on how you read/understand/interpret The Once and Future King?

5. What is the point of Badger's "dissertation"?

6. How—and why—does White play tricks with time? Consider not only Merlyn's living by reverse time, but also the frequent use of anachronisms (modern references).

7. The various castles in The Once and Future King are different, each with its own setting and character. Talk about their variations...and how each embodies the hopes and fears of its inhabitants.

8. What is Arthur's attitude toward the love affair between Lancelot and Guenever. Why does he react the way he does? Do you think he should have reacted differently?

9. What is the meaning of The Round Table? What does Arthur hope to accomplish through its design?

10. What is the significance of the quest for the Holy Grail—and the knights failure to find it?

11. What is the literal—and symbolic—significance of the book's title? What does it mean in the larger scope of history?

12. White suggests in this retelling that good intentions and innocence are not enough in the struggle against evil. What, then, is enough? Is he saying that hope for justice and goodness is futile?
May 31, 2015 01:12AM

37584 My copy is the 1987 ACE edition, mass market paperback, 639 pages.

June 2: The Sword and the Stone, Ch. 1 - 13 (pp. 7 - 130)
June 9: TSTS, Ch. 14 - The Queen of Air & Darkness, Ch. 7 (pp. 130 - 263)
June 16: TQAD, Ch. 8 - The Ill-Made Knight, 16 (pp. 263 - 391)
June 23: TIMK, Ch. 17 - Ch. 45 (pp. 391 - 514)
June 30: The Candle in the Wind - end (pp. 515 - 639)
Apr 28, 2015 09:05PM

37584 Lucy wrote: "Apropos of Dickens, I've been listening to Charles Dickens: A Portrait in Letters,a 4-CD set of Dickens' letters selected by theme. They are read by Simon Callow, and it's easy to i..."

I wonder if I could check it out at the library. I love reading personal letters of historical figures. Letter writing is such a lost art.
Apr 21, 2015 01:08AM

37584 My edition is a trade paperback and has 444 pages. However, I will be basing the schedule on the page count, excluding the preface, notes, bibliography, acknowledgements and index, which is 372.

May 5 - Prologue - Ch. 5 (pp. 1 - 85)
May 12 - Ch. 6 - 9 (pp. 86 - 179)
May 19 - Ch. 10 - 14 (pp. 180 - 279)
May 26 - Ch. 15 - end of Epilogue (pp. 280 -372)
Mar 31, 2015 08:01PM

37584 Lucy wrote: "This is fine! Chapter numbers, in roman numerals as you have them, are best for Dickens anyway! Looking forward to reading this! :)"

Me too, Lucy!
Mar 31, 2015 08:55AM

37584 You'll have to bear with me here, as I only have my Kindle edition so I don't have page numbers. :(

April 7 - Book the First (Recalled to Life): Chapters I - VI
April 14 - Book the Second (the Golden Thread): Chapters I - XII
April 21 - Book the Second: Chapters XIII - XXIV
April 28 - Book the Third (the Track of a Storm): Chapters I - XV (end)
Feb 23, 2015 01:58PM

37584 R_Hunt wrote: "Michelle/ wrote: "R_Hunt wrote: "Michelle/ wrote: "R_Hunt wrote: "Hello all, Rita here (R_Hunt). I've put my book review blog on a long hiatus so I could concentrate on reading and on Goodreads gro..."

I had no idea he wrote fiction too! Will definitely check them out. Thanks!
Feb 22, 2015 12:07AM

37584 My edition is hardcover and has 529 pages. It's awesome that we have five Tuesdays in March since this book is so long!

March 3 - pp. 1 (Be Ye Men of Valor) - 102
March 10 - pp. 103 (Armistice) - 205
March 17 - pp. 206 (June 1932) - 314
March 24 - pp. 315 (A Lovely Day Tomorrow) - 422
March 31 - pp. 423 (November 1940) - end
Feb 21, 2015 11:54PM

37584 R_Hunt wrote: "Michelle/ wrote: "R_Hunt wrote: "Hello all, Rita here (R_Hunt). I've put my book review blog on a long hiatus so I could concentrate on reading and on Goodreads groups. I'm a blogger friend of Mich..."

Awesome! Glad to have you with us.

May I ask what the other two books were? A couple of others in the group don't like his writing, but I rather like it. He makes it interesting. :)
Feb 21, 2015 11:52PM

37584 R_Hunt wrote: "I will wait until Tuesday to comment (I don't use Twitter unfortunately) but this story is like a train wreck-- something horrible has taken place but you just can't help slowing down to stare, wow!"

It truly is a great book, albeit very tragic. :(
Feb 20, 2015 08:18AM

37584 R_Hunt wrote: "Hello all, Rita here (R_Hunt). I've put my book review blog on a long hiatus so I could concentrate on reading and on Goodreads groups. I'm a blogger friend of Michelle and of course I wanted to jo..."

Yay, Rita! I'm so glad you're joining us. I'm glad you'll be commenting here because we could use more interaction in the group. Welcome! :)

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