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one month ago
I wanted to do this in tandem with the myth and religion context, but y'know, people were allegedly busy writing and all. The book I want is to read and discuss to kick this off again fits the theme very well though: Kim by Rudyard Kipling.



Anything by Kipling is going to be free obviously, and it's imo one of his better and more nuanced works but doesn't seem as widely read....or at least not as widely forced on school children.

It's not an excessively long book, and it really goes into Kipling's fascination with cross cultural "citizenship". Kim is the orphaned son of an Irish soldier in an English regiment and an Irish maid in an English household, born in India and more or less raised on the streets. He takes on the role of a Hindu servant to a Tibetan Buddhist who is on a holy pilgrimage, and it just is a really good adventure story with some memorable (and likeable) characters and intrigue packed in in addition to exploring the faiths and culture of the time when India was cool. (When it was owned by the British, who by the way were a lot better at building bridges too.)

If you're reading on a PC by the way, freda is a really customizeable and good e-reader, my favorite by a long shot at this point and free in the Microsoft store.

Anyway, I'll see what kind of interest this thread collects, but the usual month to read and then some time to discuss is probably the route we'll take.

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one month ago
Boy I sure hope another thread doesn't immediately knock this one out of the index of the barely used Parlor Room board. But what are the odds of that happening?

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one month ago

Shouldn’t this be in the Reading Corner, then? Is it some kind of story-game?

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one month ago
There's a bunch of previous book club threads all in this board for some reason, and I am a traditionalist.

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one month ago

Ah, the Dead Man Walking thread was in the lounge before I moved it.

But I understand the want for wanting to uphold tradition for something. When I find the person that started this trend of book klub discussions in parlor room, they're gonna pay indeed.

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one month ago

I am appalled.

Edit: Wait, they're talking about story-games. mizal is once again in the wrong and in need of punishment.

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one month ago
It was very unCYStian of you to actually bother to click those threads. I sure didn't.

But very well, moving this to Reading Corner.

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one month ago

Wait, the reading what?

Edit: Well, I guess I owe it to you now to participate in the actual discussion topic of this thread now that I've posted this much. But no promises, I hate promises. I'll try..

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one month ago

I don't remember having read that book. And I've never done a book club thing. So I'll give it a go.

 

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one month ago
Oh, I stumbled across this one in Junior High. It’s been a while. I’m down for a reread.

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one month ago

Sure, I'll give it a go.

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19 days ago

I would be interested in reading it. I'll try to set aside some time today to start it. 

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19 days ago
I bet you'll be the first one here to download it.

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19 days ago

I went to the library for my copy.

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19 days ago

Wait.  You left your basement to go to a library? When there is a whole online world where you can obtain a copy without moving from your couch??

 

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19 days ago

Well, my library is really close to a great reading nook/bakery so I had a good excuse to go over there and eat a bunch of croissants.

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19 days ago
I am so proud of you, I just teared up a little.

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19 days ago
I downloaded it as soon as this thread went up, then realized I'm a retard who can't read english from 100 years ago. If this book club is still open after the semester is over I'll give it another try.

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19 days ago
Yeah I dunno what to say here, I guess you really must be since there are lots of books from half a century or more before this one considered a normal part of curriculum for junior high students, and they're written in the same English as anything else. I bet those other kids didn't even study for the ACT for over 100 hours.

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19 days ago
Honestly, it might be less not understanding the words and more to do with not having read really any literary fiction before. Everything kind of blends together and my eyes glaze over. I had a pretty shit high school that didn't ever expose me to anything more complex than "The Importance of Being Earnest." Guess I'm just a fantasy pleb who can't comprehend literary writing. I take a college literature class this winter semester, so hopefully I'll pick up some things there, because it really is a frustrating weakness I wasn't aware of before. E: I'm assuming this is literary fiction, but if it isn't then I'm refering to sophisticated literature as a whole.

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19 days ago

shut up fatty

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18 days ago

Well.  Um.  Dude.  Really?

Shakespeare was writing his stuff 400 years ago, and everyone reads that in grade school. 

For fantasy Tolkien first published the Hobbit almost 100 years ago, and he was British too.

Your explanation is pretty lame.

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18 days ago

Even Dutch people have to read hound of the Baskervilles (a book that's more than a hundred years old) when they are 13 or so and their native language isn't even English.

Plus: I had to read Gulliver's travels (the original version, 1726. Dude half of the page was purely extra notes from the publisher, because the language was so archaic) when I was 15/16 and had to write an essay about it. It wasn't that bad.

Do you know what's friggin unreadable: Old Dutch. Especially Louis Couperus. The only interesting thing about the boring pile of dung that is "de stille kracht" is the scene where the Dutch plantation owner gets cucked by a native servant boy.

 

 

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18 days ago

FYI - new Dutch is unreadable to me also, probably because I am not Dutch.

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18 days ago

I can't read old or new Dutch. This is mostly because I had no idea that New Dutch and Old Dutch were two different things. The other part is that I am also not Dutch.

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12 days ago
Gulliver's travels rocked hard

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18 days ago
Yeah, go read some books, fatty.

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12 days ago
Commended by TharaApples on 11/22/2022 2:39:28 PM

How is it that a middle schooler like myself can read this and you can't? It doesn't matter if your school taught it to you or not, you just have to take it upon yourself to educate yourself. That's what I do and it's been working out decently. 

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12 days ago

Dang! Even stargirl dunking on Ace. Nice work 

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11 days ago
It's so heartwarming to see the new generation bullying Ace too.

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19 days ago

I'm in.  Looking forward to having a discussion with everyone who has done the reading assignment.

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19 days ago

What's the edition you guys are reading?

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19 days ago
I just got it off of Gutenburg for the freda reader. Looks like a MOBI (Kindle) file.

I also have the Kindle version for their own app with the cover image I posted in the OP, I don't think I noticed any difference. (You don't need an actual Kindle for that, they have a free app but might charge a buck or two for even public domain books at this point, can't really hoover them all up for free like you used to.)

Careful though, as a person of foreign origins you might have trouble with this kind of Olde Timey Englishe style gibberish. It's a struggle even for me, a native speaker who has passed an ACT to make out even a single full sentence.

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19 days ago

I've had to reach a bunch of stuff that's not my usual style of reading material for fun as a college student. I'm managing thus far.

Finding it kinda interesting, actually.

But I think we're reading the same edition, seems like. That's the important thing.

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19 days ago
He stopped; for there shuffled round the corner, from the roaring Motee Bazar, such a man as Kim, who thought he knew all castes, had never seen.

He was nearly six feet high, dressed in fold upon fold of dingy stuff like horse-blanketing, and not one fold of it could Kim refer to any known trade or profession. At his belt hung a long open-work iron pencase and a wooden rosary such as holy men wear. On his head was a gigantic sort of tam-o’-shanter.

His face was yellow and wrinkled, like that of Fook Shing, the Chinese bootmaker in the bazar. His eyes turned up at the corners and looked like little slits of onyx.

‘Who is that?’ said Kim to his companions. ‘Perhaps it is a man,’ said Abdullah, finger in mouth, staring. ‘Without doubt,’ returned Kim; ‘but he is no man of India that I have ever seen.’ ‘A priest, perhaps,’ said Chota Lal, spying the rosary. ‘See! He goes into the Wonder House!’


The kind of English spoken in England an entire century ago! What do words mean. :(

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19 days ago

Yeah, I had a friend who was like that of Fook Shing once. Nearly 6 feet high as well. 

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18 days ago
To be clear, what I was doing with these couple of posts is mocking Ace. (It's a common passtime around here. )

Anyway, I'm going to be finishing up Tales 2 today and tomorrow and then binging through Kim again over the weekend. The tonal whiplash should be delightful.

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16 days ago
@MrAce321

I'm giving you a separate assignment of reading Call of the Wild by Jack London. It is a good easy introduction to "literary fiction" aka books written by dead people.

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16 days ago

That was one of my favorites when I was a kid

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16 days ago
Just started reading the first page and thought it sounded familiar. Then I looked it up and I've seen the movie before lol. It was a good movie, didn't know it was based off a book. I'll post my thoughts when I'm done.

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12 days ago

How long do we have until discussion? I've read a grand total of one page. and I need to how much longer I can wait so that I can plan accordingly. 

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12 days ago
I'm gonna figure out what we're doing for the next thread and post it midway through December, any kind of discussion can continue here as long as people are replying though.