Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On the Horizon: Group Reading

Ever since the group read on Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 ended, I’ve been looking forward to the possibility of another group read, which, I thought at the time, was an ideal way to do book blogging.  Still, I passed on Moby Dick (although I avidly followed the posts on Infinite Zombies) since I had read it a couple of times—a book I love, but I already had a lot of summer reading I wanted to do, including one longer readUlysses, the current IZ read, was more tempting.  I have read about half of it before—all of the Stephen chapters, several, though non-continuous, Bloom chapters, and the Molly chapter—and a few parts several times over, and a group read seems like a fun way to do it.  Still, the other reading intervened. 

Now, though, Scott Esposito has announced that he will be running a group read this fall over at Conversational Reading.  The book is Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai (2002), a book I did not even know about, but which sounds absolutely great.  My participation could hinge on how busy I am at the time with life events, but right now I am planning to read along and post.  I have already ordered my copy, so even if I am deterred when September rolls around, I will be getting to it.  Apparently, though, I need to go watch The Seven Samurai first (no, this book has nothing to do with the Tom Cruise movie).

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