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Re: [bookclub-688] Nominations for our next three books

From: Natalie M
Sent on: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 7:32 PM
Mark,
 
I am all for Updike!  Rabbit, Run would be a great choice.
 
Thanks,
Natalia


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From: charleen <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [bookclub-688] Nominations for our next three books
Date: Tue, 3 Mar[masked]:07:05 -0500

watchmen...hearing good things

--- On Tue, 3/3/09, Mark L. <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Mark L. <[address removed]>
Subject: [bookclub-688] Nominations for our next three books
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 5:50 PM

*Important: please only reply to this email for the purposes of nominating and describing a new book, as it goes to EVERYONE in the group!*

At our next meetup we will be making the potentially life-changing decision of what our next three books to read will be. Please help us have a rich pool of choices by participating in the nomination process.

You may nominate books by replying to this email, or on the message board. All books nominated will be placed on the ballot. You may nominate books at the Meetup as well. Only attendees will get to vote, however!

Please make the best case you can for your nominee(s)!

I nominate:

"Watchmen", written by Alan Moore / drawn by Dave Gibbons (1987). Time Magazine lists it as one of its top 100 English-language novels since 1923: "Watchmen is a graphic novel—a book-length comic book with ambitions above its station—starring a ragbag of bizarre, damaged, retired superheroes: the paunchy, melancholic Nite Owl; the raving doomsayer Rorschach; the blue, glowing, near-omnipotent, no-longer-human Doctor Manhattan. Though their heyday is past, these former crime-fighters are drawn back into action by the murder of a former teammate, The Comedian, which turns out to be the leading edge of a much wider, more disturbing conspiracy. Told with ruthless psychological realism, in fugal, overlapping plotlines and gorgeous, cinematic panels rich with repeating motifs, Watchmen is a heart-pounding, heartbreaking read and a watershed in the evolution of a young medium.—L.G.

"Rabbit, Run" by John Updike (1960): Updike, modern American literature's smoothest and most limber stylist, chose an unlikely soul for his great fictional hero: Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, an ignorant, philandering 20-something ex-jock, long past his high school glory days and feeling trapped in a job, a marriage, a town, a family that bore him. In a situation like that, running away is exactly what comes naturally to him. Rabbit is not a character calculated to inspire affection, but he is an unflinchingly authentic specimen of American manhood, and his boorishness makes his rare moments of vulnerability and empathy that much more heartbreaking.




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