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Jul 9Liked by S J Watson

Love the idea of a book group that reads a couple chapters at a time.

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It's a really lovely way of connecting with the group and also really digesting the book.

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Jul 9Liked by S J Watson

Yes, I love the idea of reading a book slowly like that, rather than rushing it to finish it in time for the book club meeting (which is what I always ended up doing when I was in a book club)

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That book club sounds great. If I lived in Brighton (or nearby), I'd ask to join!

During the pandemic I was part of an online club where we decided to read Russian classics. We did like your group, meeting every couple of weeks to discuss The Brothers Karamazov, or The Master and Margarita, a few chapters at a time. I feel like the books stay with us longer - are still there - because we gave them time to generate so many thoughts and conversations.

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True, it slows down the reading experience and is a lot of fun!

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Jul 9Liked by S J Watson

'Gruel' hops me to Dickens, steps me past Twist, and jumps me hard down onto Gradgrind!

Oh but didn't that square fingered, square jawed, square brained beast of a teacher bear down badly on what should be salient delights in every childhood: reedin' and rightin'.

"Please Sir?", "More Sir?", "Now Sir?" the silenced voices of those childrens' imaginations screamed is some elsewhere place outwith the void of Gradgrind's classroom. Just as so many, far too unavoidably many, chldren's dashed and foundered human entitlements to a decent, or any, education are the source of silent off the page sidelined screaming in our regressing wide world over today.

Weekly book clubbing, books bitten chapter by chapter, so much better savoured and digested slowly, in bite-sized chunks, like the elephants novels are. I'd say you've struck the vein of a fine variation on the infinitely variable book clubbing scene.

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