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E.M. Forster
“Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.”
E.M. Forster, A Room With A View

Thomas Hardy
“Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.”
Thomas Hardy, The Personal Notebooks Of Thomas Hardy

Henry James
“Sorrow comes in great waves...but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.”
Henry James

William Deresiewicz
“...Novels--which, after all, are training grounds for responding to the world, imaginative sanctuaries in which to hone and test our ethical judgments and choices.”
William Deresiewicz, A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

Nick Hornby
“Please stop patronizing those who are reading a book - The Da Vinci Code, maybe- because they are enjoying it. For a start, none of us know what kind of an effort this represents for the individual reader. It could be his or her first full-length adult novel; it might be the book that finally reveals the purpose and joy of reading to someone who has hitherto been mystified by the attraction books exert on others. And anyway, reading for enjoyment is what we should all be doing. I don't mean we should all be reading chick lit or thrillers (although if that's what you want to read, it's fine by me, because here's something no one else will tell you: if you don't read the classics, or the novel that won this year's Booker Prize, then nothing bad will happen to you; more importantly,nothing good will happen to you if you do); I simply mean that turning pages should not be like walking through thick mud. The whole purpose of books is that we read them, and if you find you can't, it might not be your inadequacy that's to blame. "Good" books can be pretty awful sometimes.”
Nick Hornby, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt

15234 Contemporary British Literary Fiction — 173 members — last activity Oct 10, 2017 09:47AM
A place to discuss the likes of Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Zadie Smith. I'll post reviews of some books to get things started, and ...more
25x33 Booker List — 146 members — last activity May 26, 2018 07:54PM
This club discusses and reviews the long and the short lists of the Man Booker Prize and for the forth coming years will nominate books that should ma ...more
622 Literary Prizes — 266 members — last activity Jul 08, 2012 07:00AM
A place to discuss the Booker, the Pulitzer, the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Newbery, and/or any other literary awards.
25x33 Discussing the Orange Prize — 7 members — last activity Jul 29, 2012 04:04AM
A forum to discuss the books nominated for the Orange Prize, both past and present.
93073 The Penguin Press — 1382 members — last activity Mar 28, 2017 12:09PM
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