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Happy Holidays, Apology, and a List of Books to replace my earlier suggestion

From: Natasha
Sent on: Sunday, December 25, 2011 2:54 PM

Hi Everybody,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

I have to apologize for offering a book without checking it availability first. At the December party, I suggested Leon Feuchtwanger's "Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo", or "Spanish Ballad" in Russian translation, in the Classics category. When I went to Amazon to verify the book's title in American translation, I found out that it was out of print and had become a collector's item. It was totally unexpected to me, since I borrowed it from the Downers Grove library last year. It is a great book and I suggest getting it through the library system and reading it on your own, but obviously, it is impossible for everybody to get a copy simultaneously to be ready for a discussion.


Since we have to replace Raquel,  I went to Amazon and compiled a list of a few classic novels available in paperbacks. Kindly check them out and and let's vote at the next meeting.  Please feel free to add your suggestions. Again, my apologies.



French Classics:

The Plague (by Albert Camus) 278 pages

The Phantom of the Opera (by Gaston Leroux) 288 pages

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (by Victor Hugo; Walter J. Cobb's complete and unabridged edition) 528 pages

 German Classics:

Three Comrades (Erich Maria Remarque) 400+ pages (paperback)

British Classics:

Moon and Sixpence (by Somerset Maugham) 208 pages

Russian Classics:

Idiot (or The Idiot, in some translations; by Fyodor Dostoyevsky) 600+ pages

Resurrection (by Leo Tolstoy); 528 pages


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