Not sure I bought some guys' interpretations of how extraordinary this book supposedly was, but the discussion was lively and most points were well-defended. I ALMOST regret not finishing the book, but I am certainly inclined to pick up where I left off in it - just where Milos comes into the story. So a successful discussion over all! Great group of guys with a lot of enthusiasm for good reading experiences. Thanks for another enjoyable session!
0 · November 6
A THOUGHT - PART TWO However, this does raise an issue that might be worth addressing this month after the book discussion: HOW DO WE SELECT OUR MONTHLY READINGS? Should we develop a list of books the group agrees to investigate before a choice is made each month? (That could take a long time and drive Jon nuts trying to coordinate it all.) Should we have a running list of titles / summaries compiled and kept online, so that we can as a group settle on one from that list before we disband each month? Or be able to check out potential books a few months ahead, so we know what's coming? Once a title is listed, it's easy enough for us each to find out about the book's plot, etc via Amazon or another site, and then come to a consensus. Right now, I suspect that a number of us find it really tough to agree to a book that we know nothing about, realizing we are committing two or more weeks of reading time to it. So maybe we could strategize a bit about book title selections, etc.
0 · November 1
A THOUGHT - PART ONE This is a great group of guys and the discussions are usually pretty engaging. It's also okay that some of us occasionally dislike the chosen book; a variety of opinion adds the spice in a good discussion. And, anyway, we all can't like the same things! (Don't forget, I suggested DANCER FROM THE DANCE and not everyone did cartwheels over that one!!)...
0 · November 1
Wow! Glad to see David's earlier comment about how difficult it is to plow through this novel. My inclination, always, is to read the entire book in loyalty to the group.... even "The Master and Margarita!"
But "Necessary Errors" is just moving nowhere after a plodding 120 pages. I don't want to discourage the group and I intend to keep at it during the business trips I have scheduled this week, but I can't promise that after a few more attempts I may not drop the book out the plane's window!
Is it too early - or detrimental to our group's discussion - to ask for others' opinions at this point? Maybe someone can assure me that it gets better if I stick with it. (Jeez - I feel like a high school kid trying to be convinced to read "Moby Dick!") Sorry to sound like a Debby Downer...
2 · October 15
OK, I tried but failed to get past the first 100 pages. In many ways this reminds me of The Art of Fielding, i.e. excellent reviews, feature gay character(s), first novel by a very promising writer, interesting premise (I was a baseball fan; post-Communist Czech fascinating locale).
But both novels were surprisingly uninteresting and the reading became too much of a chore. But hope you have a starkly different reaction and love the book(s).
0 · September 30