Please don't make me read "50 Shades of Gray." I picked up that thing -- should have had rubber gloves -- in the B & N a while back and read a little. Not only is the content crappy, but it is poorly written. I mean, the Marquis de Sade was a brilliant writer. Who can read that stuff -- but the man could write. I heard that "50 Shades..." is the largest selling book of all time in England. What the heck is the matter with British women?
I read "The Road to Wigan Pier" by Orwell last fall. I also read "1984" and "Animal Farm" again. He's better is his nonfiction than in his fiction. "The Road to Wigan Pier" is nonfiction. It's about the life of the coal miners in the north of England in the early 20th century. If you think you have a hard job, read the first four or five chapters of that book. It gets tedious as he defends Socialism in later chapters. But the early chapters are some of the best English prose in the 20th century. I'll suggest that one. And I'd enjoy a discussion of it.
From: Mark Siegel <[address removed]>
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Subject: [bookclub-1786] Nominations, Please
I haven't received any nominations for April yet. If I don't receive any by noon on Friday, I'm making good on my longstanding 50 Shades of Gray threat.
You've been warned.
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