Hi Sterling: What about this? Would you be interested in reading this next year?
Yes, I would love to visit Mexico City and still plan to do so, but I'm afraid it won't be anytime soon. Most of the time I'm still deeply committed to my practice, and on the few occasions that I can take off, I must do other things such as visit my only brother, who is in his late seventies and lives far away on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound (which is 1000 miles further from me than Mexico City. Not that I would drive to either.)
I hope that Joffre is okay, too. I am worried about him, but if he won't post here or answer my emails, I know of no way to contact him. I don't even know if Joffre is really his name or is a computer "handle." I hope he turns up again soon. Ideally, he would want to participate in our discussions But just to know that he's safe would be nice.
However, you and I have been reading things without Joffre for awhile--The Three Musketeers books, Barchester, etc. I will read the Tabucchi when you do. We also have one Barchester novel to read, and we have discussed reading the Palliser series and Martin Chuzzlewit. (Not that I want to read only 19th-century British classics). Anyway, I agree that it is now time to think of what books we shall read in tandem next year.
We'll have some fun, Guillermo!
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.