Off topic: Book club discussion, "The Goldfinch".

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Several days ago ba8alou suggested an online book club, since reading is something many caregivers can engage in but going to local book clubs can be difficult. Several people thought that was a great idea. I think we are kind of waiting for someone to start it. I'm Someone!

Here's how this first crack at it will work.

1) The book is "The Goldfinch" by By Donna Tartt. I hadn't heard of this book suggested by ba8alou but I see it won a Pulitzer Prize and it sounds worth reading.
2) It is available in paperback, hardcover, kindle, and audio. Most libraries should have it.
3) The discussion date is September 1. That should give many of us time to find the book and read it. This means that comments about the book can be added to this thread ON OR AFTER September 1.
4) If you don't finish the book by that date, no problem. When you do finish it, even months from now, pull up this thread, read what others have said, and add your thoughts.
5) Anyone can read the comments anytime, but if you haven't finished it yet and intend to, be aware of the "spoiler" factor. Those who have finished the book may reveal plot details that you'd rather not know until you come to them.

Let's give it a try this way. Depending how it goes we could do another, modify the format, or drop the whole idea.

I ask that the only comments posted now are about the book club idea, but not about the chosen book. Save that until the discussion opens on Sept 1.

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Jessie, and as Jeanne told me not much in Vegas, she suggested I skip that part entirely, very hard to read and stay interested. But I read that part of the book anyway. Probably took me two or three weeks to get through it!
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Hobie doesn't disappear, Jessie. Hang in there!
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I finally picked the book back up last night and read a few more pages. I'm really behind on the content -- Dad and Xandra just showed up -- so I won't pull anyone back. Something I am always impressed with is how well the book is written. It is actually very calming to read. I like the character Hobie, but I have a feeling he is about to vanish from the story. Hobie is the father-like friend we wish we all had, full of skill and knowledge and probably directing the course of Theo's life.
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I will get there eventually. Today was the first day in more than a month that I felt like reading more than a few pages. Getting interesting, Finally!
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Keep at it, Glad, I'd love to discuss it with someone! :)
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Finally, back in New York Platt talking with Theo in a bar about Andy and Mr Barbour drowning. Is starting to finally feel like it is going to move. Just got to Barbours to visit.
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The important things that happen in Vegas are Dad dies (heart attack) and "Potter" goes back to New York. Too many pages to say that, though, in my opinion. :)
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Is there anything decent in Vegas? I am just tired of all the drinking and Xandra and Dad, whatever his name is! Imhave just come to the part that is starting to talk about the painting again.

One thing I wondered about was if Tartt used 9-11 as inspiration forbstarting this book. Jeanne?
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I found the middle section boring, too. Maybe it would help to skip the rest of Vegas and jump to the next section.
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And getting bored with it. Waiting for the tide to change.
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