And yet another, (albeit minor), change of plans. After I declared I wouldn’t go on with The Unconsoled book club, I wanted to offer a generous alternative, and I may have gone a bit overboard committing to 3 book clubs over 2 months for the readers, maybe even 3 for myself. Good thing I have wonderful friends ready to come to my rescue, and offer their blogs to host. I’m talking about Karen, at The Simply Blog.
She’s generously offered to host the book club for The Remains of the Day. Her dates are: May 24th, May 31st, June 7th, June 14th. (Maybe one more day for a wrap up post.)
This is so great news, it means I’ll be able to read week by week, and comment and converse with all of you who are reading, and at a much less tight schedule.
Expect then a post by Karen explaining to us how she’s going to take us all through this journey in the spring. (She’ll link to this post, and we’ll let you all know whenever there’s any news about The Remains of the Day book club.)
I’m sad to announce I won’t carry on with the book club on Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled. I’m glad I was preparing for it, this gave me time to realize it’s not a book I desire to read along with others.
I considered possible alternatives, and I find it fair to still engage in reading some Ishiguro together in the summer. I have read these two titles, The Remains of the Day, and The Buried Giant, and both I’ve been wanting to re-read. And I’d still would like to read a book that’s new to me, so East of Eden is my pick.
THE BURIED GIANT
June 21st, WEEK 1, BEGINNING TO CHAPTER FOUR
June 28th, WEEK 2, CHAPTER FIVE TO END OF PART II
July 5th, WEEK 3, PART III TILL THE END
EAST OF EDEN
July 5th, WEEK 1, BEGINNING TO CHAPTER 13
July 12th, WEEK 2, CHAPTER 14 TO CHAPTER 24
July 19th, WEEK 3, CHAPTER 25 TO CHAPTER 39
July 26th, WEEK 4, CHAPTER 40 TO END
That should keep me busy during the summer, right? Next fall, Lord willing, I’ll lead a book club on a Galdós title that’s translated, -of course. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while too.
As you may have noticed, the last week of The Buried Giant, and the first week of East of Eden overlap. I’m thinking that some will not want to do the three books, and I want whoever that joins any or all, to have a life discussion that happens during the summer before August. August is a busy month for many of us. My plan is to read the two Ishiguro titles ahead, prepare all those posts, and be ahead with East of Eden, but just two weeks or so (since that is new to me.) This way I’ll jump into discussing the two Ishiguros in the summer, and be only slightly ahead with East of Eden and in sync with the discussion as well.
The sections for all three books are on the long side (from a 100 to 150 pages), so you may want to start on the books before the posts come up, or take your time and join at your convenience.
I apologize to those who were expecting The Unconsoled to be discussed.