***Group Read: The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
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From the first 25 messages below, a consensus emerged to have separate threads for sections of the book. Each thread will open on the date shown below, and links will be added as threads are created:
Chapters 1-11 (March 15)
Chapters 12-22 (March 19)
Chapters 23-33 (March 23)
Chapters 34-44 (March 27)
Chapters 45-55 (March 31)
Oops, somebody beat me to it! :)
Hi Laura, what do you think about setting up separate threads for different sections of the book to allow people to comment as they read along and also to accommodate slower readers? My copy has 548 pages and 55 chapters. That's a lot of discussion to wade through if one is late picking up the book.
I'm looking forward to finally reading this book. I've been wanting to read it for years, but was a bit intimidated by James. A support group will be most appreciated!
You've practically taken the words out of my mouth Donna! I also think it's a good idea to have separate threads for different sections to accommodate varying reading rates.
Laura, thanks so much for sending pm's to let us know about this thread. That's very efficient indeed! I've got this thread starred and will look forward to joining the discussion come mid-March.
>4 Donna828:: Donna, separate threads for different sections is a great idea. I noticed they're doing something like that with War & Peace. Seems like we could break the 55 chapters down into chunks of 10 chapters, or maybe 11 to make it an even 5 threads. Does that make sense?
>5 Smiler69:: thanks so much for sending pm's to let us know about this thread. No problem Ilana. The original discussion about this was on Donna's thread, I think, and I tried to keep track of those who expressed interest. If I missed anyone, I apologize. I hope others will join, too, once they see the thread.
1. Does this feel like the right number of threads?
2. How are you planning to approach your reading?
a) I want to dip in and out of this book while reading something else, recognizing it might take me several weeks to finish.
b) This will be my primary read.
The responses to #2 will influence when sectional threads are created. For example, if most people are going with 2a, I could create a new section every week, over a 5-week period. On the other hand, if a number of people prefer 2b, I'd create sectional threads all at once to accommodate those who want to move more quickly.
I'm open to all sorts of ideas & suggestions here, too.
2A - it's not just the length of this book, I have other books I really need to read
2. definately a! Dipping in and out
Thanks for taking the time to organize this group read.
1) I like the way you've divided the book into 5 "chunks."
2) I've committed to reading Portrait for the March TIOLI Challenge so I'm going for option "B" - although I plan to spend the last two weeks of the month on this book with something lighter for a companion read. Dragging out Middlemarch over the period of 2 months last fall didn't work for me. I'll be taking notes on Portrait so I can post my comments with the group at the appropriate time.
2. a and b I almost always have multiple books going at once, but I'm hoping to finish Portrait within the month of March, anyway. I'd be more than happy to participate in group discussions that go on longer, though, so I don't think it really matters to me when the threads are set up.
To answer your questions Laura, I'm pretty much with Donna too. I'm fine with the number of threads you suggest, and while I won't be reading this book exclusively, I still want to finish it in March because of TIOLI. If possible considering I've entered about two dozen books there so far!
If I do read it, I will be reading it in pieces, working around the other reads. Thanks for organizing this! :)
One of the great things about group reads is that the discussion is there for whenever the book gets read. Pat and Lynda, you'll be privy to our thoughts when things calm down and you can get to the book. Best of luck to both of you.
So true! Great thought, Donna.
Oh, and BJ, I'm so glad you made that comment in #42 about the preface. I endured about 3 pages of it, and then decided life is just too short.
for one, I don't "do" group reads...and I last read The Portrait of a Lady when I was 36...many years ago..
I would love to "lurk" but that's all I can offer, right now.....
.......except, for the fact that I really love the work(s) of Henry James