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Old 1st Oct 2007, 13:47   #11
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Therese Raquin....Mmmmm.
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Really looking forward to the Zola, Greene and Ondaatje - and the rest will be a bonus hopefully.
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I'm looking forward to them all ... even the Barker. I hope the McGahern will be as popular as Judith Hearne and The Blackwater Lightship were. Another Irish man writing about women!
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I have all but the Barker and Doyle now... via library for Zola and via ReadItSwapIt for Greene, McGahern, and Ondaatje. (...must not buy books, must not buy books, must not buy books...)
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I've been wondering something and it's about time I asked. Why do men who join in on the book read not join in more on the discussion? Look at the latest book, The Easter Parade. At the moment, there are 41 posts by women and 4 by men.

Judith Hearne and Blackwater Lightship and Dr Haggard's Disease, I thought, generated excellent discussion, but this one seemed to have died before it really got started. Was this just not a good choice for discussion, or has the idea of a book group discussion lost its momentum?

These are really two separate issues, as I'm sure women are capable of keeping a discussion going without the men joining in, but it would be nice to hear a bit more from everyone who joins in on the read.
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Which men have read the book this time round Ang? I haven't; I read it almost five years ago but don't have a clear enough memory of it to join in the discussion. I did begin rereading it a couple of weeks ago but wasn't in the mood.
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Yes, I'm not sure how we assess who has and who has not actually read the books suggested. Eg. I was saying on the Dr Haggard thread that I would join in, but never did, and the book is still by my bed but being overtaken by other things. I also said I'd join in The Easter Parade late but now I discover (to genuine surprise) that I had only loaned a library copy the first time I read it, and don't have a copy myself. So that one's out of the window.
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Which men have read the book this time round Ang? I haven't; I read it almost five years ago but don't have a clear enough memory of it to join in the discussion. I did begin rereading it a couple of weeks ago but wasn't in the mood.
I thought amner had by the way he opened the thread, but my question was not meant to be aimed at an individual. I wonder if the momentum has gone, and would it be able to be kick started again if more people joined in?

The book group discussion seems to have decidedly fewer male contributors than women. Is it just because less men want to read them or less want to discuss them?
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I think the momentum for discussing the Book Group reads has been excellent, and the contributions similarly. Looking back on earlier Book Group reads, there was less discussion then than there is now - the busy-ness of this sub-forum now is fantastic.

I don't see the male/female ratio as an issue myself.
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I don't think the momentum has gone at all. The Easter Parade is the sixth most discussed book out of the 35 in the Group's history (based on number of posts to the topic), and indeed four of the top six are from the most recent batch of books. So I'd say momentum is maintained or even increasing.
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