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Meng Bomin
December 9th, 2005, 04:12 PM
This is the voting thread for the next Book Club book. We will have a simple majority vote. If no book gets a clear majority, we will narrow the list down and have a run off.

Here is the list of nominated books:

道德經 (Do d jīng) by 老子 (lǎo zi) --nominated by Supaiku
La Peste (The Plague)by Albert Camus --nominated by Mr. Hyde
The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek --nominated by CliveStaples
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston --nominated by Bf55
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald --nominated by starcreator
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk --nominated by Mr. Hyde

Here is some information on all of them:
Do d jīng outlines the Daoist (Taoist) philosophy.
If this one is chosen, reading it online would be pretty easy. Here is a site that gives many translations: http://www.edepot.com/taoblank.html

La Peste (Translations will be called The Plague)is written by Albert Camus, a French author and existentialist. It is a novel set in the city of Oran in Algeria
I have not found an online copy, so you may have to purchase or borrow it if you do not have it already and we vote for it.

The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek is a non-fiction book on economics arguing against socialism and for a freer market.
I also did not find an online copy yet...so it may be the case that you will have to buy or borrow it if this is chosen.

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston is a non-fiction book on the spread of two deadly, contagious illnesses in Africa:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_ZoneI'm pretty sure that you would have to buy or borrow this if this is chosen.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel set in Long Island, New York during the 20's and centers around a group of upper class characters.
I don't think that there are many if any copies online, so you would have to buy or borrow this one.

Hyde gave a good explanation for Choke:

Choke (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=fF04zBeCZL&isbn=0385720920&itm=1)


Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be saved by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victors life, go on to send checks to support him. When hes not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.

Vote Choke, it'll save your life.
BTW, if anyone wants to promote any of these books over the others or argue against reading one of them, that would be great.

December 11th, 2005, 09:02 PM
Whatever. Religion interests me (The Tao), so does economics (Hayek), so does "post-modern" humorous fiction (Choke). I'll just pick one of those 3 I guess. Edit: I went with the Tao, I figure that will give the most to actually discuss rather than just say "Yep, that was funny/interesting."

December 12th, 2005, 07:08 PM
I'm abstaining from voting, as I have no clear preference. I have read Gatsby, and rather doubt it would make a good debate book, though.

December 13th, 2005, 01:19 PM
I went for Choke. Do d jīng/Tao Te Ching isn't really of much interest to me. My husband is Taoist, and I have learned and read enough about it, that I don't want to do it again, no offense to Supaiku.