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Green Island: A novel | Shawna Yang Ryan
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So close to the end of the year and I have to squeeze this one in my top ten. Did not realize I had all these misleading misconceptions about Taiwan. I thought it had always been free because the Nationalists escaped from China. Anti-Communist equals human rights, right? I was so wrong. The Nationalists were just as oppressive. I need more info about Taiwan. Any suggestions?

vumblereads Interesting! Wish I could bookmark this post because I‘d like to hear other people‘s comments. 1w
arubabookwoman I just read a book about Taiwanese emigrants in Alaska, The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin. One of my favorite reads of the year, although there wasn‘t a whole lot about Taiwan in it. 1w
Butterfinger Thank you @arubabookwoman I hope all is well with you and your family. @vumblereads I will tag you if anyone else comments. I'd recommend this book. I learned so much about the history - native Taiwanese, Japanese colonialism, etc. I remember in college, I had a friend from China and a friend from Taiwan. I knew there was bad blood, but I didn't think of the culture before Japan and the Nationalists. 1w
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The Spy: A novel | Paulo Coelho
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Beautiful writing - very depressing subject matter. "We go from euphoria to despair several times a day." This quote struck a chord because I felt that as I was reading. At one point I was not going to use it for my markup postal group, but I decided I wanted to hear what their thoughts were. @megnews @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit I wrote in blue.

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I didn't know there was a movie till I overheard some of my fifth graders, who are doing a research project on Harriet Tubman, talking about it. I was so excited that I googled the trailer. And the actress is petite. Yes! Hollywood usually shows Ms. Tubman as a tall woman with a deep voice. I cannot wait. Has anyone seen it?

LibrarianRyan Sitting it in right now. Previews are starting. 2w
inthegreensandblues I really enjoyed it, go see it! 2w
Butterfinger @LibrarianRyan did you enjoy it? @inthegreensandblues I can't wait to see it. 2w
LibrarianRyan @Butterfinger yes. It was fantastic! 2w
LibrarianRyan Also one of my favorite books about her is You learn about her time as a secret agent which isn‘t thought a lot in schools. 2w
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A new favorite author. This is her memoir on her Puerto Rican childhood. I know children are resilient, but it amazes me what they do to survive. Esmeralda's mother was at times abusive, but she tried her best to give the children their best shot in life. I loved the end. Esmeralda showed she had a bit of her mom's backbone to the principal who wanted to hold her back a year to learn English.

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Kintu | Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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A masterpiece. An epic read about a Ugandan family who descended from Kintu and his twin wives in the 1700s. Most of the book is set in 2004, but with each descendent's own personal, hard childhood in the 60s and 70s. The book took me places I've not been such as Amin's butchery and the bush wars. An unforgettable read.

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I fell in love with Raymond. Everyone should have a Raymond. Eleanor's life was so sad, but she made me giggle with her thoughts on people. A completely awesome book.

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#Myidealbookclub would center around different countries and cultures. I would love to plan a meal from the country. These are the last 12 books I need to read to finish the #AroundtheWorld2019 challenge. Thanks for tagging me @megnews

megnews What a great idea! I‘d join! 3w
Lcsmcat What Is the What is powerful. 3w
Susanita I‘d come to that book club! 3w
Librarybelle Awesome! 3w
Chrissyreadit Ohhhh! I would love your bookclub! 3w
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Eww! Gross! #imanoldprude
Gratuitous sex and violence. Just not a fan of these types of books. I'm glad it is done. #nwc I might have to watch the series on mute. It made me read outside of my comfort zone, but I would blush and hope no one was reading over my shoulder. I need to take a shower. 😳😖😜🙅 On a positive note, the narrator loved literature so many classic works were referred by him.

AkashaVampie I'm sorry I am just seeing this now sweetie. I really need to check the hashtags more often. I am still reading mine so i have that to look forward to!! haha Glad you could take a dive and read out of your comfort zone. I am doing the same. 4w
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The Flight of the Falcon | Daphne Du Maurier
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Another awesome book to read in October. It had the running theme of Lazarus and returning from the dead.

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The Birds | Daphne Du Maurier, Derek Strange
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Brilliant. Extremely creepy short stories from the Queen of Gothic Literature.

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Brilliant. Kadish uses classic literature to describe the ups and downs of new love, politics of an academic department, and the relationship between a mentor and her advisee all while the mentor plans for her tenure promotion. Loved the quotes. Loved the literary elements used to push the story. Just a fascinating author.

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The Tenth Justice | Brad Meltzer
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I really enjoyed the banter between all the friends. A great mystery - plenty of betrayal. The action kept my attention. It was published in the 90s so communication was through pay phones. Would it still be considered realistic fiction?

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What a day. I found out I won Dracula from @Librarybelle - thank you so much. And then I traveled to Greensboro with a wonderful friend from my book club to meet Ruta Sepetys. She was such a wonderful and inspiring person and she understood that empathy should be taught through history.

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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The Language of Flowers: A Novel | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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Enjoyed reading about the different messages that a flower has and how flowers can repair broken hearts. I cared for each member of the unconventional family and was thrilled with the ending.

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The Way We Live Now | Anthony Trollope
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What are you doing this weekend Tammy? Duh!!

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A Time of Miracles | Anne-Laure Bondoux
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This is a refugee story from the 90s while Soviet Union was falling apart. It begins in Georgia (Caucasus Mtns), and while one ends in France, the other refugee sacrifices her liberty to ensure success. A truly inspiring story. Because of the Around the World Challenge, I've read several books on refugees. I'm thinking of purchasing some of these books for the narrow-minded for Christmas. Would they read it? Would they start having more empathy?

TrishB If they‘re anything like my narrow minded, sadly, no ☹️ 1mo
Butterfinger I agree @TrishB there is nothing one can say. And what steams me is when a family member says no talk of politics. It isn't a political issue, it is humanity. Thank you for understanding me. 1mo
TrishB Agree, it‘s about people 💙 1mo
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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#200KGiveaway Congratulations @Librarybelle Stoker's Dracula is on my the list.

Librarybelle A really good book! 1mo
Librarybelle And thank you! 1mo
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All Waiting Is Long | Barbara J Taylor
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You know it is definitely a pick when you are halfway finished and you are dying to know the end. I'm trying so hard not to glance at the last page.

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Elizabeth I: The Novel | Margaret George
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When I saw the heft, I thought it would be her whole life. Was I wrong? It started when she was 55!!! It was sad as one by one, of those few whom she trusted, were dying. Elizabeth had such a turbulent beginning and that beginning affected how she lived during the last fifteen years of her life and reign. She didn't want to be seen as an impulsive tyrant as her father, but you better not underestimate her either. So glad I read this.

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At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
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@megnews @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit I have changed my mind. I didn't want to have anything in the 20th century and this is set in the 19th. Has anyone read it?

megnews I have. It‘s good. I like Chevalier. 2mo
Butterfinger @megnews @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit what about Diamonte's The Red Tent? 2mo
megnews I haven‘t read that. 2mo
Chrissyreadit I read The Red Tent, but over 20 years ago- so I am open to reading it again. My daughter participated in a Red Tent monthly meeting for two years with 4 other girls and two moms/ midwives to learn about health and sexuality. It was an amazing experience that was based how much women learned during their time spent in Red Tents. 2mo
Laughterhp I haven‘t read The Red Tent or heard of it. So I‘d be open to reading it. I don‘t know it will be my taste though. 2mo
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The Birds and Other Stories | Daphne Du Maurier
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As spooky as I can handle. My mother was deathly afraid of birds because she was attacked by blue jays once and because she watched the movie when she was young. I couldn't help to call Mom just now and tell her that I bought a book for her. She was not enthusiastic about the gift.

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#SeptemberReads2019
#ReadHarder2019 Piecing Me Together (diversity middle grade), Handmade Marketplace (business) Still Alice (self published) 24/24 DONE 😆
#AroundtheWorld2019 Dona Barbara (Venezuela), the Shark god (Vanuatu), Enrique's Journey (Honduras), A Tale of Love and Darkness (Israel), The Door (Hungary), We Need New Names (Zimbabwe) 25/52
#Booked2019 Enrique's Journey (Addiction) and Akata Witch (PoC - MC paranormal) 24/24 Done

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 congrats 🍾 2mo
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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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I enjoy reading about complicated familial relationships and I believe Akata Witch had one. Sunny thinks her father hates her, but actually doesn't trust her because she is a girl. Sunny has powers that she inherited from her mysterious grandmother, but no one will tell her anything because no one in her family knows; they just don't want her to end up like the grandmother who was killed by a student.

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Left Neglected | Lisa Genova
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Brilliant. Genoa can make a reader empathize with the people who suffer from TBI. I'd never heard of this condition till I read this book. She brings the brutality, the stubbornness, the overwhelming frustration, the ultimate humility, and even humor to the forefront. This book is just as well written as Still Alice.

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Little Women and Werewolves | Louisa May Alcott, Porter Grand
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If I can remember its tongue in cheek presence, I like it and can recommend it.

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We Need New Names | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Zimbabwe #ownvoices - What do you do when your country is in the middle of a civil war, your father is dying of AIDS, and you and your friends steal guavas so you can eat? Should you leave to live with your aunt in America? Darling leaves and is eaten up with guilt, homesickness, and bitterness (the family and friends left behind need money). This was a realistic view of an emigrant from an African nation.

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Oh my, what a beautiful memoir. Oz's childhood was surrounded by memories of Jews, who escaped WWII, and their memories of those who didn't. He was raised by scholastic, erudite parents who wanted their son to be Someone. Oz and his father survive the birth of a new nation only to mourn and crawl out of the ashes that came after his beloved mother's death. So sweet and haunting. Oz clearly wrote to purge himself of bitterness and hate. 5 stars

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There were no pictures, plants, or ornaments. Only books, more books, and silence filled the room, and a wonderful rich smell of leather bindings, yellowing paper, mold, a strange scent of seaweed and old glue, of wisdom, secrets, and dust.

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The Last September | Elizabeth Bowen
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I can't tell what I read. It seemed to be written in code and I didn't have the key to decipher. I was told to read each line carefully or I would miss something. How true. In a long paragraph of everyday dialogue, you would see the words, "did you hear about the attack on Clinmore?" and nothing else. It was set during the Irish Rebellion which is important, but it wasn't clear when the author wrote about it. I want my missed time back.

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A fun read. #nwc #novelwatchingcrew The grammatical errors drove me crazy. Now, to watch the movie and sing with my daughters.

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By the time I neared the end, I came to the realization that You Can't Go Home Again was written to show how Wolfe's worldview had evolved through his life's experiences. I resented his apparent passivity to racism. I scorned his descriptions of the rich. I was appalled at the mistreatment of his fellow train passenger. He understood his innocence will never return. He saw and lived inhumanity and knew it to be ugly. #wolferead Thank you @Lcsmcat

Lcsmcat I think George Webber was passive about so much because he existed to be a bystander to witness what went on in the world during some very turbulent years. He was almost a Greek chorus of one in some places, if aGreek chorus didn‘t talk, but enabled others to. There were so many times that a character was talking for paragraphs and, every now and then Wolfe wrote “George said nothing so X went on.” 2mo
Lcsmcat I‘m glad you joined me. It kept me going! I hope you found it worth reading. 2mo
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat reading the letter to Fox was sad knowing that he would be dead before those words were published. When a writer acknowledges bigotry, is it being passive. Think about the part of the different cultures of waiters and police - the culture of a writer is to inform. I think this was his plan of action. I wish he hadn't died. Would Wolfe have spoken out against racism in a more aggressive way? 2mo
Lcsmcat @Butterfinger I wasn‘t saying Wolfe was passive. I think Webber was being passive as a tool for Wolfe to show what he wanted to show. Much of Book 6 and Book 7 I was wondering “what if Wolfe had lived longer?” And how much of the foreshadowing, if any, was added in by his editor? 2mo
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat I understand what you are saying. You are absolutely right. 2mo
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P 465 #wolferead @Lcsmcat almost your own words. LOL!!

Lcsmcat Funny! 2mo
Lcsmcat I read that the McHarg character is supposed to be Sinclair Lewis. I wonder if he said that to Wolfe? 2mo
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat I wondered if he based it on a real person. In the same chapter he referred to James Joyce with a fictitious name. 2mo
Lcsmcat I noticed that too. 2mo
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The Door | Magda Szabo
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This book would make a great horror movie. Emerence lives to make others dependent on her and when they disappoint, the revenge is twisted and cruel. Emerence is very contradictory - she loves animals, but beats them and imprisons them. A hard read, but I couldn't put it down till I found out what was hidden behind Emerence's last door. Shudder.

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Still Alice | Lisa Genova
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Another tear-jerker. Makes one pray that they are never told that they have early onset Alzheimer's. Especially a hard-working academic who loves reading to learn.

samanthagutt I first read this book when I started an internship at a Alzheimer‘s and Dementja research center (where I now work) and i thought it was an amazing portrayal of how this disease affects both the patients and the families! I wish everyday that we find a cure ASAP! 2mo
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I cried. So many tears. A boy's tenacity, desperation, and love for his family is written so Americans can sense what these young refugees endure. The hardships are unbelievable - being killed or damaged from trains, exploited by gangs all through Mexico, rapes, separated from mothers who work in America so the children can LIVE, getting caught and not giving up. I'm so glad I read this book. Pulitzer Prize Winner

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Little Women and Werewolves | Louisa May Alcott, Porter Grand
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#7days7covers. Thank you @arubabookwoman and @Lcsmcat for tagging me.

Lcsmcat Pretty! 2mo
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"...fights break out between municipal and state police officers over who gets to rob a group of migrants." Heartbreaking

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#nwc #novelwatchingcrew I enjoy a good frenemy story. Reading how the four held hands to keep from sliding down mud touched my Maleficent cold heart.

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For the life of me I can't understand Wolfe's purpose in writing a man's death as he gruesomely did in ch 29. The history of America was weaved through the fabrication of his death. It was very disturbing. #wolferead

Lcsmcat I know he died of Tuberculosis, but this whole book makes me think he struggled with mental illness. Maybe writing about this death the way he did was a way of exorcising his demons? 2mo
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat mental illness would explain the different writing styles. He jumps from describing people's personalities by detailing how they wake up in the morning to talking to the reader and explaining in a weird way that is just hard to understand. I think he was so intellectually gifted, I'm left with wondering what it is I'm reading. He is affecting me; I'm not even making sense. 2mo
Lcsmcat @Butterfinger 😂 There is some gorgeous writing in there, but sometimes I wish someone had stolen his thesaurus! Why use 1 adjective when 5 or 6 will do. 🤣 2mo
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Up to ch 31 #wolferead. Reading the part how Libya Hill was affected by the Depression really shook me. I don't know why. I've always known NC was affected too. I think this week I am going to research Asheville during the Depression. It also reminded me of Its a Wonderful Life - except the Building Trust is run by unscrupulous men and the blind judge (Mr. Potter) may be who saves the town through evil, cruel ways.

Lcsmcat Playing catch-up. I didn‘t have much reading time this past week. Maybe your research will let me catch up to you. 😀 But if not, I‘d still like to hear what you learn. 2mo
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat I hope I didn't spoil it too much. 2mo
Lcsmcat @Butterfinger I don‘t believe in spoilers, especially with classics. We usually “know” the story before we read it. But the writing we can‘t get from reviews etc. And that‘s what I read for. So no worries. 😀 2mo
Lcsmcat I just watched Genius, the 2016 movie about Wolfe and his editor Maxwell Perkins. It‘s worth the hour and 45 minutes, if you‘re interested. 2mo
Butterfinger Thanks for letting me know @Lcsmcat 2mo
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The Healing Hills | Ruth Kyser
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1. Set in Cade's Cove, Tennessee ♥️
2. Thunderstorms need to leave because it is almost time for our Bigfoot Festival. 50,000 people are expected in our little town.
3. Didn't have one. I had a blind date who took me to the library. On our second, he took me to Barnes and Noble. Been married for 19 years.
4. 2 daughters, 2 cats, 3 dogs, 2 geckos, and a guinea pig.
5. Thank you @AkashaVampie for the tag.

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Thank you so much @CBee. What a lovely surprise in my email. 💜

CBee @Butterfinger I have no idea why I didn‘t see this until now! Glad you received it and I hope you enjoy it ♥️ 2mo
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I enjoyed the parts that portrayed how Vanuatu Islanders entwined their belief system with Christianity. Very interesting. I disliked how Montgomery insisted that the beliefs were fictitious. He was insistent that the Islanders prove their black magic worked.

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I feel like I have gotten a go-ahead. First goal - knit like a fury for Christmas. If successful, I'll really start in earnest.

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"For a moment they saw a talking dog...then it switched to a pair of twins who were nothing alike (one was boyish and athletic and the other was sort of a diva, and they both sort of looked like Mal, except with yellow hair..."

I about died. This must mean Disney had already put Dove Cameron in the role before Isle of the Lost was written.

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#wolferead Finished Book 2. When the firemen flooded the basement, did the water kill the 500 people who were on the sub? Did the union start the fire just to kill the 2 elevator men who didn't go to the meeting? What does everyone else think?

Lcsmcat I think the trains were greatly delayed, but no one was killed. It‘s the two elevator operators who died. But we‘ll see, won‘t we. 2mo
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I'm not done. Did Wolfe write this way to show the rich deserved to fall? Should we not have pity? And Edith declares she is a Socialist because she is a worker. Surely, Wolfe meant to show how insulting that would be to true workers, right? If this is autobiographical, I don't think he cared about keeping friends. Now, I'm done.

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#wolferead Up to ch 18 - I have so many thoughts about the party. Wolfe was very clever to remind readers that the Crash would happen shortly after the party. As I read about the characters - Amy, Hirsch, Piggy Logan, I get a sick feeling. Who will survive? Even the crazy scene of Piggy - is it meant to show that they didn't care where their money went? Decadence. Is it true that the rich would invite gay as entertainment -how degrading.

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#wolferead Ch 10- I am making a prediction. While reading this chapter how Mr. Jack enjoys his indulgent life, I get the feeling he will fall greatly in the Stock Market Crash that Wolfe very neatly referred.

Lcsmcat I think that is a safe prediction! 2mo
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