Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

Book club met again tonight, this time to discuss Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych." Since our last book club meeting I've travelled on planes out of the country, and the Tolstoy was just under 60 pages in length; thus, I got a lot of other reading done.

In fact, I didn't start the Tolstoy till Wednesday. For various reasons. First, it was short enough that I felt I could put it off while I read more C.S. Lewis and I, Robot. Second, I was waiting for copies of the Tolstoy from three different people who offered to loan me copies -- these loans never materialized. Third, this past week, during which I actually owned my own copy, has been exceedingly busy: only twice did I get home before midnight and at no time did I get to sleep before 2 a.m., as a couple of times I had to work on the server remotely from home.

So, I got about 5-7 pages read Wednesday night and the remaining 50+ Thursday night. I didn't think I'd make it. That amount usually takes me a few days to read, and I really had to fight to stay awake at times, so sleep deprived was I.

But it got read. And we had a fantastic discussion. And when I got home I began to read "Family Happiness," also by Tolstoy. I was well into the second lengthy paragraph of first-person narrative when it suddenly dawned on me that the narrator is a young lady. Talk about suddenly becoming aware of a bias! I haven't read too many works written from the perspective of a woman, and none done so by a man. I'm interested in seeing how convincing I find Tolstoy to be in this role.

At the end of the meeting, we discussed ideas for our next book. I brought a copy of Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow with me, trying once again to drum up interest. bitty gave this to me over a year ago, and I've been wanting to read it for book club. I'm getting close to abandoning that idea and simply reading it on my own.

I also brought the Steinbeck King Arthur book, but that got shot down because, at 451, it was too far over our self-imposed 400-page length limit. 'Tis a pity.
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