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Group read?

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toukokuu 9, 2007, 10:57 pm

Anyone interested in planning a group read, perhaps of one of the stand alone novels? I've participated in a few on Green Dragon, and they can be lots of fun.

toukokuu 10, 2007, 11:33 am

Yes that's a good idea! Any of the Stand-alone-Novels- apart from TWWLN and HWHWR would make my day. I have participated in a readalong for Bleak House on bookcrossing, and yeah it was lots of fun!

lokakuu 17, 2007, 1:28 am

Please forgive me for having overlooked this thread, I seemed to have missed it somewhere along the way and it got buried at the bottom of my topic list!

I would definitely like to join in any group read where possible & I like lesezeichen's idea of a standalone novel. Dr Wortle's School or Lady Anna perhaps?

lokakuu 17, 2007, 2:16 am

Sounds good. I'd like to join in, work permitting. We've been running short-staffed, which really cuts into my reading time (and LT'ing time!) :(

lokakuu 17, 2007, 9:46 am

Well, a thread reborn? I would join any group reading of Trollope (or most other Victorian writers). Let's hope we will have enough critical mass here to make this happen.

lokakuu 17, 2007, 11:30 am

I will join in on a book I haven't already read. One of the stand alones sounds good to me.

lokakuu 17, 2007, 3:37 pm

And I am still interested too. Apart from Lady Anna (which I have read) anything would be fine with me (for example Dr. Wortle's School).

I am going on vacation next week but I'll catch up when I'm back (if you start right away) and it's not LA you're reading.

lokakuu 20, 2007, 2:49 am

Any suggestions/preferences...? About all I have come up with so far are:

Some shorter novels such as:
Dr Wortle's School
The Vicar of Bullhampton
Cousin Henry

Or longer ones such as:
Ralph the Heir
The American Senator
Orley Farm

I'm sure there are other possibilities to add. Some books are out of print or difficult to obtain, however.

>6 marise: marise ~ I'm not sure which of Trollope's stand-alone books you have read (or not read ;)

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 20, 2007, 9:30 am

I am rethinking what I wrote before: I would gladly join in on the discussion of any Trollope I have already read, just don't want to reread any of them right now, as my TBR stack is huge!

As it happens, I haven't read any of those you listed! :)) Because of my TBR pile and the season of the year, I would vote for a shorter novel.

I think these are stand alones, too:
The Claverings
Castle Richmond
He Knew He Was Right
Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite

lokakuu 22, 2007, 7:06 pm

digifish asked if Im still interested in a group read. Definitely! Here's the Trollope on my TBR:

The Way We Live Now
The Small House at Allington
The Last Chronicle of Barset

I'm up for anything, tho. Whatever people want to read, I'm there.

lokakuu 22, 2007, 7:19 pm

The Last Chronicle of Barset is also on my TBR, but I think digifish wanted to do a stand alone. I have already read the other two, but I think I remember them both well enough to enter into a discussion. :)

lokakuu 22, 2007, 9:19 pm

Hi folks!

OK, well, some of us have already read The Way We Live Now, He Knew He Was Right and Lady Anna. Some of the other stand-alones such as Castle Richmond and The Claverings are unfortunately out-of-print and could take some time to track down (so maybe we could do these next year..?). Several of us have a preference for a shorter novel and since holiday season (in the US) will soon be here and we have other TBRs etc, it makes perfect sense :)

So how about Dr. Wortle's School (256 pages)starting mid-November.....assuming everyone can get a copy (I checked and there are copies at Amazon and at the Book Depository in the UK (who offer free delivery worldwide :)?

**If the choice of book and/or timing doesn't suit then we can re-think it :)**

lokakuu 22, 2007, 9:28 pm

Dr. Wortle is fine with me. I will start finding a copy tomorrow!

lokakuu 22, 2007, 10:43 pm

Excellent! Thanks, Marise! I've ordered my copy from the UK. It should get to me in about 10 days.

lokakuu 23, 2007, 6:15 am

Good, I am also joining this. I ordered mine from Amazon, and it should be here in about two weeks.

lokakuu 23, 2007, 1:48 pm

Yay, Dr. Wortle it is.

lokakuu 23, 2007, 3:47 pm

Sounds good, thanks! I should be able to get a copy by then!

lokakuu 24, 2007, 1:58 am

Thanks guilherme, littlegeek & lesezeichen. Glad to hear you're OK with the choice!

Dr. Wortle's School isn't a long book (not by AT's standards anyhow :) so hopefully it shouldn't be too onerous for a quick little group read before the end of the year. I'm looking forward to seeing how the story is developed within only a relatively few pages.

I will attempt to put some sort of discussion thread together and have it in place in the next few weeks. I'm not too sure, but I was thinking of maybe having two threads, one for each half of the book so that we can post our comments as we go along. If anyone has suggestions or preferences for handling this please sing out as I'm still a relative group-read newbie :P

lokakuu 24, 2007, 11:39 am

Fine with me. I do not think that a book of this length requires anything more elaborate. Thanks for taking charge!

lokakuu 24, 2007, 2:35 pm

We could also do what Green Dragon does occasionally--a SPOILER thread for those who have finished the book and a spoiler-free thread for those who have not.

then again, Trollope did not believe in worrying about spoilers. Better not.

lokakuu 25, 2007, 1:30 am

There's no copies on amazon. Did you guys buy them all out?!

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 25, 2007, 11:03 pm

Arrrgghh ... Nooooo!! :P

I've ordered mine from the Book Depository in the UK. They do free delivery worldwide (not sure how it works out in US dollars though). I don't use Amazon - they charge too much for postage to Australia :(

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 25, 2007, 1:51 am


Well, it *is* available at, "only 1 left in stock - order soon" but as digifish rightly said the transport costs to the US would probably be prohibitive...

Edited to say that I'll check out the Book Depository site... Sounds interesting...

lokakuu 25, 2007, 7:50 am

I have a Penguin edition on order through the nearest Borders, since NONE of the libraries or bookstores in my area had a copy! There were some used copies on Abebooks, but with shipping the cost was about the same as retail.

lokakuu 25, 2007, 9:18 am

Alas, this is the problem with some of the AT novels which aren't part of the two series - most titles are out of print or difficult to get. Dr Wortle's School seems to be one of the few at least offered by Penguin. Nonsuch Classics also print The Vicar of Bullhampton and Ralph the Heir but Oxford World Classics seem to no longer do Cousin henry, The Bertrams etc. Stuff like Castle Richmond and most of the Irish novels are almost non-existant unless you want to pay antiquarian bookshop prices. Booo! :( it makes it difficult and I really don't like e-texts much. Hmmmm...

lokakuu 25, 2007, 10:58 am

Try, they charge no postage within the US and only $2.75 worldwide, no matter the size of the order.

lokakuu 25, 2007, 6:34 pm

BetterWorld worked. Thanks, aluvalibri!

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 31, 2007, 10:31 pm


Just checking in..... hope everyone's copies are turning up OK. Mine arrived today but I won't be able to get going on it for another week.

I was immediately struck by how slim this book is, I keep picking it up and thinking 'is this really by Trollope'? Such brevity, lol :)

Discussion thread will probably appear next week....


marraskuu 1, 2007, 8:12 am

I have a message from the bookstore that my copy is in. I plan to stop by there and pick it up today. I have almost finished the Virago I am reading, so the timing is good! :)

marraskuu 1, 2007, 8:14 am

>29 marise: Oh, perfect, Marise! :)

marraskuu 2, 2007, 7:31 am

I hadn't heard much about Dr. Wortle's School before this thread, so I went to Trollope's Autobiography to read something about it. It turns out this is one of his last books and was written after his autobiography. According to Trollope's own list and his son's, Dr. Wortle's is his 53rd book (depending on how you count it) which is absolutely impressive.

marraskuu 26, 2007, 7:32 pm

Should anyone be lost the discussion thread for Dr Wortle's School is here...