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New Leaf Run-Off Poll for September • Over the Hills and Far Away: Journeys
#1  CRussel 08-10-2020, 01:57 PM
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This is the runoff poll to select the book we'll read and discuss in September of 2020.
Note: I won't be voting in this poll unless there is another tie, at which point I'll cast the tie-breaking vote.

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#2  CRussel 08-10-2020, 02:05 PM
Well, we have a clear choice here. One is fiction, one is non-fiction. One is short, the other fairly long for us. One is free, one is not. One was written in French, but about an Englishman, the other was written by an Englishman, but is quintessentially a Canadian story.
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#3  CRussel 08-13-2020, 01:51 AM
Last Call. This runoff will close in the morning. (Though really, I don't think we can go wrong here. Both were on my "I'm going to read this regardless" list.
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#4  CRussel 08-13-2020, 03:28 PM
The results are in, and we'll be reading and discussing that Jules Verne classic "Around the World in Eighty Days". I remind folks that there are multiple versions of this, in both eBook and audiobook, but you're free to read whatever version you choose. Personally, I'll be reading the Patrick Tull narration from Audible. Supplemented by the Amazon Classics eBook.

In just two more days, we'll be discussing Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
Spoiler Warning below






Quote GrannyGrump
Stephen Leacock was a Canadian educator, political scientist, writer, and humorist. Between 1911 and 1925 he was so well-known as the world’s greatest humorist that it was said more people had heard of Stephen Leacock than had heard of Canada.
Quote wikipedia
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a sequence of stories by Stephen Leacock, first published in 1912. It is generally considered to be one of the most enduring classics of Canadian humorous literature. The fictional setting for these stories is Mariposa, a small town on the shore of Lake Wissanotti. Although drawn from his experiences in Orillia, Ontario, Leacock notes: "Mariposa is not a real town. On the contrary, it is about seventy or eighty of them."

This work has remained popular for its universal appeal. Many of the characters, though modelled on townspeople of Orillia, are small town archetypes. Their shortcomings and weaknesses are presented in a humorous but affectionate way.
At right around 100 pages, this is a short work and it's in the public domain, so even if you haven't started it, there's still time before discussion starts. Or at least before it gets too far along. So please, join us for the discussion starting Saturday.
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#5  fantasyfan 08-13-2020, 06:12 PM
I look forward to Around the World in Eighty Days. Of course I have seen the film but have never bothered to read the book. So it will be a new experience.
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#6  CRussel 08-14-2020, 01:58 AM
Quote fantasyfan
I look forward to Around the World in Eighty Days. Of course I have seen the film but have never bothered to read the book. So it will be a new experience.
Yup, I'm in the same situation. I'd have enjoyed either choice, but this one at least has one of my all time favourite narrators, so I'll enjoy that part of it, at least.
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#7  fantasyfan 08-14-2020, 02:14 PM
[QUOTE=CRussel;4022793]Yup, I'm in the same situation. I'd have enjoyed either choice, but this one at least has one of my all time favourite narrators, so I'll enjoy that part of it, at least. [/QUOTE

I think I’ll try that Audible version too. Thanks for mentioning it.
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#8  Catlady 08-14-2020, 03:48 PM
I'm intending to listen to the Jim Dale version.

ETA: This was a freebie from RH Audio at some point, so check your files.
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#9  CRussel 08-14-2020, 04:05 PM
Quote Catlady
I'm intending to listen to the Jim Dale version.

ETA: This was a freebie from RH Audio at some point, so check your files.
I'm sure his will be good as well. Really, there a surfeit of quality narrations of this book.
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#10  JSWolf 08-16-2020, 05:55 PM
I'm not sure I can read this. It turns out that Verne is an anti-Semite. According to the New York Times, he was a voracious anti-Semite and his publisher Hertzel dialed it back some.
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