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I notice that you have acquired a copy of my book, The Monkey's Paw Trilogy. I would be pleased as punch if you took a few precious moments out of your reading time to send me an honest note as to what you felt about the work.
Hallo Meggers. Ich werde das Buch "Fleisch ist mein Gemüse" in den nächsten Wochen lesen, da wir es in einem deutschen Buchklub im Januar 2012 in Chicago besprechen werden. Schauen Sie bitte mal in mein Buch "Eine lange Flucht aus Ostpreußen" hinein. Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr. Gunter
Some choose to read all three and some don't. It is up to you. Some months we don't even pick three. March was very close on all three so I posted all three. I try to put together questions for the choices but also put a discussion thread for other books that people read from the book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die so you can participate at what ever level is comfortable to you. The goal, have fun and enjoy reading.
THE FINER THOUGHT
by Edgar Guest
How fine it is at night to say:
"I have not wronged a soul to-day.
I have not by a word or deed,
In any breast sowed anger's seed,
Or caused a fellow being pain;
Nor is there on my crest a stain
That shame has left. In honor's way,
With head erect, I've lived this day."
When night slips down and day departs
And rest returns to weary hearts,
How fine it is to close the book
Of records for the day, and look
Once more along the traveled mile
And find that all has been worth while;
To say: "In honor I have toiled;
My plume is spotless and unsoiled."
Yet cold and stern a man may be
Retaining his integrity;
And he may pass from day to day
A spirit dead, in living clay,
Observing strictly morals, laws,
Yet serving but a selfish cause;
So it is not enough to say:
"I have not stooped to shame to-day!"
It is a finer, nobler thought
When day is done and night has brought
The contemplative hours and sweet,
And rest to weary hearts and feet,
If man can stand in truth and say:
"I have been useful here to-day.
Back there is one I chanced to see
With hope newborn because of me.
"This day in honor I have toiled;
My shining crest is still unsoiled;
But on the mile I leave behind
Is one who says that I was kind;
And someone hums a cheerful song
Because I chanced to come along."
Sweet rest at night that man shall own
Who has not lived his day alone.
Welcome to the group based on the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. There is a general explanation of the group under the discussion thread Group guidelines. The books of the month (BOTM) that the group is reading are pinned to the top. I hope you will enjoy the group and perhaps join in one or more of the monthly reads. Our March books have been chosen and they are #1 is The Unfortunate Traveller by Thomas Nashe This book was first published in 1594 and can be found in the public domain. # 2 is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, #3 would be Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. We will start choosing April’s book about mid March.