Saturday, July 25, 2009

Book Club Recap

I'm sorry to say I failed to finish Little Dorrit in time for today's book club meeting. However, I did put a pretty good dent into the story as I made it about 1/4 to a 1/3 of the way through the 844 pages. I think, if this next week is quieter and I have more time to read I should be able to finish the book up before the end of the week and the end of the month. At least I hope to as the next several books I plan to read are stacking up quickly and starting to taunt me.

And speaking of future reads, I am excited about the book selected for our next book club meeting in September, Green Dolphin Street (a.k.a. Green Dolphin Country) by Elizabeth Goudge. I read this book as a young teenager and didn't like it... then later in my late teens I thought back and in retrospect realized what a great story it actually was. I can't wait to re-read it and see what my thoughts are now and then discuss it amongst my reading friends.

I love my book club. The ladies all have such interesting thoughts and questions about each book we read. It is always an fun, enlightening and educational experience. Today's discussion covered two books: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens and A House to Let by Dickens and friends (reviewed by me in June) and it was as always an excellent time, even though our group was about half its normal size. The discussion was lively and we had fun reading quotes from the books, particularly the humorous quotes about the Circumlocution Office and the descriptions of some of the characters. Watch for quotes in my upcoming review and perhaps even a Tuesday Teaser. No spoilers, but I will say this, I am very much looking forward to my review of Little Dorrit. Stay tuned!


Nathan & Alison said...

I'm not nearly as brave as you are. I'm almost done with 1 of the 4 dvds of Little Dorrit. :-) I think that should sort of count toward "reading" the book. Oooo! Green Dolphin Street has been lerking on my tbr list for a long time, maybe I'll have to read it along with you guys.

Anonymous said...

I'm interested in reading Green Dolphin Street, so can't wait for your review of that!

Noel De Vries said...

Goudge wrote The Little White Horse, right? I've never heard of Dolphin.

The last third of a Dickens is always hard to get through, but he's worth it. Have fun! (and have fun watching the miniseries when you get to it)

S. Mehrens said...

Yes, Goudge did write The Little White Horse, though that is more of a children's story. Green Dolphin Street/Country is a story for older readers. It's fairly unknown now, but widely available thanks to the recent attention to TLWH.

I did watch the first half of the mini-series, but missed the last two episodes, so I'll have to finish the series, but probably won't until early fall.