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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #105 on: May 11, 2008, 04:21:07 PM »
The communist party leaders on the train reminded me of Dreamscape for some reason, and it reminded me a lot of Dr. Zhivago.
Everywhere he goes he is becoming more and more aware that he is just a cog in a wheel, and there is no end in sight but death.
All the patriotic zealotry has long since passed.
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #106 on: May 11, 2008, 05:17:46 PM »
You know it's interesting, I've read a review where that passage is listed as being a standout flat note in the book but actually I find it sort of pivotal.

The way they stride onto the train as masters of their world and even have the temerity to mock the very foundation of the ideology the people around them are suffering so much for seems to be the blackened pearl at the heart of the novel.

The industriousness of the special squad is at turns touching and incredibly disturbing,; they have both a real purpose and camaraderie but the purpse is so hideous and their conditions so poor it's amazing they can stay motivated at all.

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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #107 on: May 11, 2008, 05:43:00 PM »
Page 237?

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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #108 on: May 11, 2008, 05:45:16 PM »
Ok sounds good.
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #109 on: May 28, 2008, 06:23:18 AM »
Let's just finish the book.  Is that cool.  Then I'm sure we will have plenty to talk about.

I haven't been a very good reader, but I intend to be done by Saturday.

Then we can move on to the next book.
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #110 on: May 28, 2008, 06:25:12 AM »
Fine by me :)

Hopefully the weather will be nice and I can sit outside and read the next few evenings.

Incidentally have you read All Quiet on the Western Front?
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #111 on: May 30, 2008, 01:31:02 PM »
I think I did in high school but I'm not sure.

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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #112 on: May 30, 2008, 02:41:40 PM »
I just wondered how you thought it compared if you'd remembered it. :)


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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #113 on: May 30, 2008, 03:06:30 PM »
I think I saw the movie and yeah it is kind of like this book.  Same feeling of the futility of war.
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #114 on: May 30, 2008, 03:07:36 PM »
But also showing that futility from a side that, at least in the anglophone world, rarely gets heard.


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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #115 on: May 30, 2008, 03:08:55 PM »
Yeah are culture tends to view everything from our perspective, and treats the other side as if they are animals when really we are all the same.
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #116 on: May 30, 2008, 03:14:19 PM »
Not sure I'd go that far but certainly it's an eye opener.


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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #117 on: May 30, 2008, 03:20:24 PM »
Well popular culture.
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #118 on: June 09, 2008, 06:53:57 PM »
I finished it.  Hurrah! 

I read Women all the way to page 75, so I guess that is the next stopping and discussing point.

Back to the first book, the last half of it felt like a different book to me.  What did you think?
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Re: Rifftrax Book Club
« Reply #119 on: June 10, 2008, 05:01:18 AM »
Yeah i think the visit home altered Quan and his perceptions of the war and life in general.