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message 1: by René (last edited Jun 05, 2013 01:02AM) (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
The topic for our next book is "class." Class as in social classes, as in class struggle, as in class conscience, as in class conflict, as in working class/upper middle-middle class.

The following interpretations of the word "class" will NOT lead to accepted book title submissions:

- NOT class as in zumba/spin class
- NOT class as in Java abstract static inner class
- NOT class as in a mammal is a tetrapod, but not all tetrapods are mammals
- NOT class as in "great rock group! I love their song 'sould I stay or sould I go'"
- NOT class as in "sorry, this ticket is for coach. I'm going to have to ask you to change seats".

Actually, that last one could be construed as a form of social class.

We are now ... another few seconds ... won't be long ... OPEN for title submissions. Will gather all the proposed books for a doodle on Friday.

message 2: by Justin (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments Well done. Classy!

message 3: by Warwick (new)

Warwick (widsith) That's a shame, because I have a long list of powerful, heartfelt novels about zumba class.

Hmm. Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier?

message 4: by René (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
I'm going to propose Perdido Street Station:

New Crobuzon is a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. Isaac, a brilliant scientist, is asked by a bird-man Garuda to restore his power of flight. But one lab specimen threatens the whole city. A vividly colored caterpillar eating a hallucinatory drug grows in order to consume all.

message 5: by Warwick (new)

Warwick (widsith) The other one that comes to mind is Zadie Smith's NW NW by Zadie Smith

message 6: by René (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
Ah, you have to choose, Warwick. Wigan Pier or NW?

message 7: by Warwick (new)

Warwick (widsith) Oh, you can only nominate one? OK I'll stick with Orwell, for the sake of having some non-fiction

message 8: by Jane (new)

Jane Great! Pretty clear--altho not too sure about "java abstract static". Can you drink it?
Ok, how about B Kingsolver's "The Bean Trees" (am I the only one who has not read it?-- class struggle); or "Six Suspects" by Vikas Swarup (caste system for "class"); or "Crooked letter, Crooked letter" by Tom Franklin (class system). Can't say much more as the are on my wanna-read list. Duh. Only one? OK. Give me some help then... just wanted you to know I was thinking.

message 9: by Alan (new)

Alan | 172 comments Mod
I'm going for As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner as a search on Sparknotes says it has a motif of social class. And it's supposed to be excellent and I want to shoehorn it into this theme...

message 10: by Justin (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments Okay, I'm going to suggest The Buddha Of Suburbia by Hanif Kureshi. I like Kureshi but have never read this one. Vaguely remember seeing some of the TV version years ago (and, of course, Bowie did the music for that, so it's obviously kinda cool too...).

There's lots of class struggle and social climbing.

message 11: by Erin (new)

Erin | 38 comments All of these nominations look so good! :(

message 12: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments Erin... you can still read them, even if you leave Paris!!!

message 13: by Viviane (new)

Viviane | 172 comments Hello !

Hope you had a great time on tuesday !

I nominate "gods will have blood" by Anatole france :

message 14: by René (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
Anyone else care to chime in?

@Jane: one book proposal, please, what's it going to be?

message 15: by Jane (new)

message 16: by René (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
Alllllllllrighty then, doodle's up:

Each person votes for up to two books. Winner to be announced Sunday evening.

message 17: by Warwick (new)

Warwick (widsith) That was hard. They all sound very tempting

message 18: by René (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
We got ourselves a book (please read that in a throaty barbarous roar)!

The Buddha of Suburbia.

Lessee, about 300 pages, I like to cap it to a weekly 50-page limit so as not to block people's other reads, give everyone a week to order the book, that brings us to last week of July. That good for everyone? I'll put up another one of them doodles.

message 19: by Justin (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments Oooh very exciting.

message 20: by Warwick (new)

Warwick (widsith) Last week of July? That's aaaages away. Well I'll probably be away on holiday by then, but I'll still read the book...been wanting to check it out ever since I watched the BBC version as a nipper

message 21: by René (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
Here's the participation doodle:

I put up three weeks of dates starting July 28th. Hope it's large enough to fit everybody. Of course it's summer, so a lot of people will be on vacation (sorry Warwick!). Hopefully we'll be able to string together a ragtag group.

message 22: by Viviane (new)

Viviane | 172 comments Hello, sorry will also be on vacation then...see you in september !


message 23: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay (LindsV) | 96 comments Mod
Rene any ideas for kindle? I won't be around this time. Hopefully the next one though. It's been forever!

message 24: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments Seems that most of you can't make it in the about setting a date for beginning of september? (please after the 4th)

message 25: by Warwick (new)

Warwick (widsith) Fine for me

message 26: by Jane (new)

Jane Ok for me. July/aug too for that matter. J

message 27: by Justin (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments I'm happy with either now or Sept. I'll probably be away in Aug, just haven't booked anything yet...

message 28: by Alan (new)

Alan | 172 comments Mod
Or, get this one done then sneak anther one into Sept!

message 29: by Jane (new)

Jane Good idea!

message 30: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments sooooooo? any decision on a date?

message 31: by Sanjeev (new)

Sanjeev | 116 comments Mod
It looks like it is August 1 (Thursday) for the date selected.

With that said: I did not read the book, but would be happy to hear what you all have to say about it. Anybody else around?

message 32: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay (LindsV) | 96 comments Mod
I am gone till the end of August. But totally starting again for the next one

message 33: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments As there was no decision about a date I haven't started the book yet and most likely will not begin before the end of the week and/or finish it for August 1st ... So don't count on me to make an opinion.
I would suggest revote for a date in sept.
Rene ? Are you still with us? You are very silent lately ...

message 34: by Jane (new)

Jane Aug 1 good. I will probably forget what its about by sept!

message 35: by Alan (new)

Alan | 172 comments Mod
I.d go aug 1st as well. Even if just for a pint and a chat?

message 36: by Justin (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments Aug 1st good for me. I'm almost finished!
I think Rene is holidaying, but he told me he was up for that date?

message 37: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments OK!
Will do my best to finish the book by that evening (so that you will not ruin the ending for me :))

message 38: by Viviane (new)

Viviane | 172 comments Won t be there, leaving on thursday, have a good time and see you next time !


message 39: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments so.... do we meet tomorrow?
Where and when?

message 40: by Justin (last edited Jul 31, 2013 03:50AM) (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments Yes! Normal place? 7.30?

message 41: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments ok!

message 42: by Justin (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments Anyone fancy booking... How many of us are there?

message 43: by Jane (new)

Jane Moi... C u!

message 44: by Jane (new)

Jane R they open?

message 45: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments do you think we need to book?
I think we'll be 4-6 max and it's one is around.

saying all that...we need to verify that they are open!

message 46: by Ganit (new)

Ganit | 72 comments They are open tomorrow...I just checked with them.

We only need to know how many we are and I can call today or tomorrow...

For the moment : Justin, Jane, Ganit...
Who else?

message 47: by Justin (new)

Justin Hood | 628 comments Alan was up for! Warwick has read it, no?

message 48: by René (new)

René (cigro) | 643 comments Mod
Hey all! Won't be joining you, I'm in Ireland until Sunday. Loved the book though, I'm sure the discussion will be lively!

message 49: by Sanjeev (new)

Sanjeev | 116 comments Mod
I am available tomorrow, although still have made no progress on the book. The normal place is where again?

message 50: by Ganit (last edited Aug 01, 2013 02:34AM) (new)

Ganit | 72 comments Justin, Jane, Ganit, Alan, Warwick, Sanjeeve...

I'll call to ask for a table for 6 at 7:30!

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