Group Reads - Literature

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This is a "support group" of sorts for those of us reading some of the major works of literature. Come here to share your thoughts, struggles and triumphs about the current book.

Quote of the month:
Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.

— Joseph Conrad

Current book:

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad



List of books we've read so far:

Buddenbrooks -- Thomas Mann
Wives and Daughters -- Elizabeth Gaskell
Madame Bovary -- Flaubert
Dr. Zhivago -- by Boris Pasternak
2666 - by Robert Bolano
Life and Fate-- by Vassily Grossman
Vanity Fair-- by William Thackery
The Master and Margarita-- by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Woman in White-- by Wilkie Collins
The Forsyte Saga-- by John Galsworthy
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
The Age of Innocence-- by Edith Wharton
The Leopard-- by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Pere Goriot-- by Honore de Balzac
The Trial-- by Franz Kafka
A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man-- by James Joyce
Kristin Lavransdatter-- by Sigrid Undset
Bleak House-- by Charles Dickens
Midnight's Children-- by Salman Rushdie
Middlemarch-- by George Eliot
War and Peace-- by Leo Tolstoy

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
The Forsyte Saga: An Introduction Part II6 unread / 6Kristelh, November 2014
Testament of Youth - Part 3 and Final Remarks4 unread / 4Diane-bpcb, July 2013
Testament of Youth - Part 112 unread / 12Diane-bpcb, July 2013
Testament of Youth - Part 24 unread / 4george1295, March 2012
Vote for next two books27 unread / 27Cecilturtle, February 2012
Tristram Shandy: Books 7-99 unread / 9billiejean, February 2012
Tristram Shandy, Books 4-67 unread / 7jfetting, August 2011
Tristram Shandy: Books 1-314 unread / 14DanMat, August 2011
Nominations for July/August/September 201135 unread / 35rosemeria, July 2011
Jude the Obscure: Parts 4-61 unread / 1wookiebender, July 2011
Jude the Obscure: Parts 1-31 unread / 1wookiebender, July 2011
Phantom of the Opera 1&21 unread / 1CaraZ, July 2011
Where'd everybody go?7 unread / 7guppyfp, June 2011
Les Miserables--Volume 1: Book 1--515 unread / 15billiejean, May 2011
Madame Bovary: Part 36 unread / 6DanMat, April 2011
The Way We Live Now--Final (Chapters LXXX--C) 80--1003 unread / 3PensiveCat, March 2011
Heart of Darkness: Final Thoughts16 unread / 16DanMat, March 2011
Madame Bovary: Part 25 unread / 5DanMat, March 2011
The Way We Live Now--Chapters LX--LXXX (60--80)7 unread / 7lyzard, February 2011
Group page2 unread / 2wookiebender, February 2011
The Way We Live Now: Chapters I to XX10 unread / 10suaby, February 2011
The Way We Live Now--Chapters XXI--XL (21--40)8 unread / 8lyzard, January 2011
When tackling a complex 19th Century novel or other classic, are there websites that list characters3 unread / 3Nickelini, January 2011
Nominations for the next two reads: January to March 201143 unread / 43ladymacbeth, January 2011
Hello!13 unread / 13scarper, December 2010
October to December nominations19 unread / 19scarper, November 2010
Madame Bovary: Part 13 unread / 3Donna828, August 2010
The Red and the Black: Book 112 unread / 12technodiabla, August 2010
Madame Bovary: General Discussion (SPOILER FREE)4 unread / 4Cecilturtle, August 2010
ffortsa joins the club4 unread / 4ffortsa, August 2010
The Red and the Black: Book 29 unread / 9george1295, August 2010
July--Sept Nominations46 unread / 46lilisin, July 2010
Buddenbrooks Parts 8-115 unread / 5Cecilturtle, June 2010
Buddenbrooks: Parts 4-74 unread / 4scarper, June 2010
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell13 unread / 13rfb, June 2010
Buddenbrooks: Parts 1-37 unread / 7technodiabla, June 2010
April - June nominations73 unread / 73scarper, May 2010
2666-- with spoilers!7 unread / 7technodiabla, March 2010
Oh Dear! Why didn't I find this Group Sooner?6 unread / 6Anastasia169, March 2010
Sigrid Undset: A Timeline24 unread / 24Jordanus, March 2010
Question about a translation4 unread / 4aluvalibri, March 2010
2666 general thread *spoiler free*23 unread / 23rainpebble, March 2010
where is everyone?15 unread / 15rainpebble, February 2010
To Kindle or not to Kindle; that is the?4 unread / 4dancingstarfish, February 2010
Dr. Zhivago - General discussion25 unread / 25Cecilturtle, January 2010
belva: She's here!~!1 unread / 1rainpebble, January 2010
The Group Reads Coffeehouse250 unread / 250socialpages, January 2010
The Master and Margarita: Book One8 unread / 8humbertomata, January 2010
Christmas/holiday reading8 unread / 8wrmjr66, January 2010
The next book; Nominations open for January - March 201083 unread / 83wookiebender, December 2009
Vanity Fair Part Two:4 unread / 4rosemeria, December 2009
Life and Fate: Final Thoughts4 unread / 4Cecilturtle, December 2009
Life and Fate: Part 35 unread / 5Cecilturtle, December 2009
[Vanity Fair] Part One:10 unread / 10tames, December 2009
New to group14 unread / 14kjellika, December 2009
Vanity Fair; who's in; who's out?17 unread / 17digifish_books, December 2009
The next book; Nominations open for Autumn/Spring of 2009106 unread / 106rainpebble, December 2009
Vanity Fair Part Three:6 unread / 6englishrose60, November 2009
Vanity Fair Part Four3 unread / 3englishrose60, November 2009
Life and Fate: Part 215 unread / 15rainpebble, November 2009
Life and Fate: Part 136 unread / 36rainpebble, November 2009
Vanity Fair general thread7 unread / 7wrmjr66, November 2009
Life and Fate: Background and Sources8 unread / 8rosemeria, October 2009
Life and Fate: Who's in?33 unread / 33Contusions, October 2009
list of books already read12 unread / 12rainpebble, September 2009
Is Spencer Collection/Vanity Fair abridged?5 unread / 5socialpages, September 2009
The Woman in White 5: The Third Epoch (The Story Continued by Mrs. Catherick) - End16 unread / 16digifish_books, September 2009
Hello?13 unread / 13digifish_books, September 2009
The Master and Margarita: Final Comments3 unread / 3socialpages, August 2009
The Master and Margarita: Book Two2 unread / 2Cecilturtle, August 2009
The Master and Margarita: What edition are you reading?13 unread / 13Cecilturtle, August 2009
The Woman in White 3: Second Epoch VII - The Third Epoch11 unread / 11rebeccareid, August 2009
The Woman in White 4: The Third Epoch - The Story Continued by Mrs. Catherick8 unread / 8Cecilturtle, July 2009
The Woman in White 1: Preamble- The Second Epoch (the story continued by Marian Malcombe)38 unread / 38rebeccareid, July 2009
The Woman in White 2: The Second Epoch I - VII3 unread / 3theaelizabet, July 2009
The Master and Margherita2 unread / 2kjellika, July 2009
TFS: Comments in retrospect...5 unread / 5rfb, June 2009
TFS:To Let.13 unread / 13rebeccareid, June 2009
Reviews of the Books4 unread / 4teelgee, June 2009
TFS: In Chancery, (Interlude) Awakening,20 unread / 20rebeccareid, June 2009
Woman in White - Need a Push9 unread / 9wookiebender, June 2009
TFS: The Man of Property,(Interlude) Indian Summer of a Forsyte,14 unread / 14rebeccareid, June 2009
The next book after 'Pale Fire' and 'The Forsyte Saga'94 unread / 94kjellika, June 2009
Group Read Administration questions27 unread / 27billiejean, May 2009
The Forsyte Saga: An Introduction35 unread / 35shinyone, April 2009
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov68 unread / 68billiejean, April 2009
The Age of Innocence : Book 2 (Chapters XIX - XXXIV)35 unread / 35rfb, March 2009
The Leopard........Final Impressions12 unread / 12wookiebender, March 2009
Next book after [The Leopard]?146 unread / 146Pummzie, March 2009
The Leopard......Chapters 1 & 222 unread / 22HeathMochaFrost, March 2009
The Forsyte Saga: An Introduction Part II1 unread / 1carmody, March 2009
The Leopard..........Chapters 3 & 47 unread / 7Rubbah, March 2009
The Leopard........Chapters 5 -86 unread / 6Donna828, February 2009
In Chancery, (Interlude) Awakening,1 unread / 1Urquhart, February 2009
Pere Goriot by Honore De Balzac - Second half & Final Impressions9 unread / 9wookiebender, February 2009
Next book after Pere Goriot?65 unread / 65teelgee, February 2009
The Leopard......Chapters 1 & 22 unread / 2teelgee, February 2009
Pere Goriot by Honore De Balzac - First half of the book19 unread / 19wookiebender, January 2009
Group Read: Pere Goriot by Honore De Balzac - who's in?24 unread / 24englishrose60, January 2009
Next book after Kafka and Joyce97 unread / 97kjellika, December 2008
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