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John W.
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Minneapolis, MN
Happy Halloween! We have scheduled our first two books for 2013: War and Peace in January, and Emma in February.

Many serious readers are scared off from War and Peace.  That title is a buzzphrase for a book that is too long, too complex, etc.  But almost all reviewers describe it as actually very readable, especially in the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation.  We’ll all want to use CliffNotes, SparkNotes, character lists, etc. to keep up with the multitude of characters.  As with all Russian novels, the biggest challenge is making sense of the strange (to us) names.

Dr. Gary Jahn of the University of Minnesota also recommends reading Wikipedia for background information that provides context for the novel.

We have a lot of great authors on tap for 2013: Tolstoy, Austen, Twain, Steinbeck, Melville, and more.  Stay with us, even if War and Peace isn’t for you.  Keep bringing your thoughts and ideas to our discussions.

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night for Frankenstein.  BOO! (and watch out for strange hands around your throat).
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