Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Typical Book Group Report - 2

The Typical Book Group found Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray to be a very tough book.  Only 6 hearty souls were brave enough to attend book group last night to discuss it, and of them, only 3 had finished the book.  We discussed the story for very little time, and our discussion focused mainly on the differences between the book and the movie that came out a few years ago, with Reese Witherspoon as Rebecca.

The book grouper who watched the Vanity Fair movie (and also read the whole book) was on Team Rebecca.  The other two groupers who finished the book were on Team Amelia.  It seems as though the movie made Rebecca appear more innocent, and Rawdon Crawley appear less worthy, than the book.

All told, a book that takes 300 pages to get interesting is probably not a great book group pick.  On the other hand, we all felt that we could now check the box and say that we had read Vanity Fair, which gave us a tiny sense of accomplishment.

Next up:  The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Still Reading:  Contested Will  by James Shapiro

Still Listening to:  Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon

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