Thanks / June book poll

From: RK
Sent on: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:17 PM

 

Hi everyone:

Thanks to Ellen Sims for questions (along with Wanderlust author) and moderation for April's meeting.

Remember that if you don't attend due to something about the book, you can do something about that -- for example if you only read books from the library, make sure you vote for books that have lots of copies. Members are welcome to make book suggestions on the discussion board any time.

The book poll for June is up. Please vote if you think you might attend the meeting. I'll close the poll on Sunday May 5, and put it on my calendar this time.

One of the options this month is The Koran, which I included for a number of reasons. 0. It does qualify as non-fiction 1. We had a bunch of books piling up on the short list theme of religion - just enough for the poll. 2. According to http://www.muslimpopulation.com/World/ there are almost 2 billion Muslims in the world, which makes their holy book an important work. However, a strong caveat from me is that it is long and may not be the ideal for a club discussion. A comment from a good friend who has read some of it, "I think it would be a long read - maybe there are some choice sections", and from Andrei who suggested it: "It's not exactly a page turner". There are free copies online if those will help you decide:
"There is also a free PDF version of the same translation on the web, 472 pages: http://sufibooks.info/Quran/Holy-Quran-English.pdf. There are also various other free versions online as separate chapters, e.g. at http://www.islam101.com/quran/yusufAli/." Not sure if the squashed version does it justice: http://sqapo.com/quran.htm

There are also  some other great books on the poll. It's up to you. Vote early and vote often :)

Cheers,

Rose

P.S. Tonight on The Agenda: "The Limits of Belief" http://theagenda.tvo.org/episode/190692/the-limits-of-belief

 


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