Of course I do. I do not think we need scores of people to enlighten our reading. Not that we'd mind a few more participants, but they're not indispensable. An example that comes to my mind about the value of sharing opinions with an intelligent reader like you is "Doctor Glas": I read it only from the narrator's perspective, which was fine, but made me miss the other point of view, that of Gregorius. I guess I naively bought into Glas's seductive prose, swallowing the whole bait, and never stopped to think about Gregorius's own feelings. You made me realize my mistake. It made my reading better.
The same with the Barchester series (we still have one more to go!). I wanted to read them, but lacked the stimulus until you proposed to do so. I've enjoyed them a lot.
The other upside is that we get to choose three books a year each
. As the end of the year is quickly approaching, we could start thinking about what we want to read in tandem next year.
The sad part, of course, is that Joffre seemed to be going through a very depressed state of mind, and has even phantasized with suicide. I sincerely hope he's okay and recovering from a dark phase.
Our Nov/Dec book is the Tabucchi. I will read it in the first week of the month. Greetings from Mexico.
PS: Are you still considering visiting Mexico City?
Well, Guillermo, I guess we've truly lost Joffre. He has chosen not to participate in our discussion even on the novel that he himself proposed. I've tried to email him without response. I hope that he's okay and has simply lost interest in our discussions. I enjoy sharing opinions with you, Guillermo, and would like us to go forward anyway. I hope that you do, too.