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There has been interest shown in discussing novels that have a price tag of free. There is an excellent e book store that provides thousands of free novels and non fiction books. This site is Project Gutenberg. This is a site well worth checking out. It can be used on any type of reading device or computer. Also, classic novels are typically reasonably priced at book stores for those who do not have an e reader.

Would anyone be interested in selecting a classic novel to be read and discussed as a group?



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Yes i think it's a good idea. Chris has already mentioned the site
http://www.authorama.com/

and there is also Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
Thousands of free books to choose from


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I'm thinking of reading Moby Dick

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15


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Suzanne wrote:
Would anyone be interested in selecting a classic novel to be read and discussed as a group?


I would be very interested.



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I would join in on this.



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Ok then. What do we want to read. Dickens? Anything. I don't mind. As long as its free.


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Post Re: Classic fiction group discussion
Yay! :D
Dickens, Joyce,Zola, Flaubert, Thacheray. Dumas, Conrad, James, Hugo and many many more are all available for free on sites such as Project Gutenberg.

Robert mentioned "Moby Dick" and heledd mentioned something from Dickens. Do you have a particular novel in mind heledd?

Any other suggestions?



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My favourite Dickens was Barnaby Rudge. I've not read Moby Dick. I'm told it's very weird. Was also thinking about Gulliver's Travels. The choice is huge!


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Some of the booktalk discussions I have enjoyed the most are of classic novels - Don Quixote, Brothers Karamazov, Heart of Darkness, Paradise Lost. These books have stood the test of time and have a depth that repays patient reading. But they are not always easy, and having support through discussion is good. At the moment I am reading Thousand Mile Song by David Rothenberg, a book about whale music, and it has whetted my interest in Melville and American maritime history.


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Love a good sea tale! After reading about the whale ship the Essex which was the inspiration for "Moby Dick" I was prompted to read the novel. The characters are unforgetable, the atmosphere is realistic, you feel the ship, you can feel the tension and fear.

I'm in for "Moby Dick".



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I'll go with Moby Dick . Do we have a proper poll or an unofficial one?


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I have never read Moby Dick but I actually picked up the book 2nd hand years ago.

Don't know when I can start reading it as I have a 600 plus doorstop I have to read with another book club reading site.



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I would prefer Dickens, Austen,Eliot or Bronte, but will join in on Melville is that is the decision.



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"Moby Dick" choosen as our first classic group fiction discussion novel!!

We can choose a Dickens next go round.

I am really hoping this classic fiction discussion is something that can be maintained as a regular feature, we have the interest, and we certainly have a wealth of novels to choose from. We will start this discussion in March. It would be great to incorportate some history into the discussion as well. American maritime history as well as the whale ship Essex. Chris will set up this forum and once it is up maybe we can have a conversation as to how to structure the discussion choose a discussion leader.

I'm mentally transmitting beautiful cetacea rapsodies to Robert Tulip! :D



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I'd better start reading quick!!


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