Book Discussion Group: Kleinzeit

With summer escaping so quickly, I thought I should better seize this unclaimed moment to see if anybody was still interested in reading & discussing Russell Hoban’s divisive, but delightfully brief, novel Kleinzeit. It is less than 200 pages, so surely we can power through it quite quickly, if we have a collective mind to do so. In two weeks, say?

If you’re interested, I was hoping that we might be able to give four or five posts to it. Ideally, each written by four or five different contributors. No summary, of course. We’re far more creative than that, I hope. Personal reactions, maybe; complaints, even; pale imitations; literary masterpieces; a compare & contrast essay — really, however you want to roll.

Before we get ahead of ourselves with such details, though, we should probably suss out whether any of you lot are interested. Otherwise, you’re stuck with me again. Let me know in the comments so we can get the ball rolling before a new school term kicks off.

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10 Responses to “Book Discussion Group: Kleinzeit

  1. Robert Minto Says:

    Definitely count me in.

  2. Brad Johnson Says:

    By “count me in,” do you mean you’re up for writing something?

  3. Anthony Paul Smith Says:

    I’m in, which you may interrupt to mean I will write something.

  4. Adam Kotsko Says:

    I’m up for following along, but I’d prefer to be a back-up writer — better to get more new blood in on this.

  5. Robert Minto Says:

    I meant I plan to participate. I would, however, also happily write something.

  6. Dan Says:

    I’m interested. Will write if you are short on numbers.

  7. Rob L Says:

    I should like to participate as a reader, but literary insight is not my forte. When will it be starting?

  8. Brad Johnson Says:

    Participation as a reader is quite fine. I’m happy starting as early as next week; but, am content with starting the second week of August. As long as we finish the event before Labor Day, I think we’ll be fine. Perhaps the way forward is for everybody to begin reading next week, and I’ll coordinate w/ anybody who wants to write on a posting schedule. I can have that available over the weekend.

  9. jesse bridges Says:

    I will have to read this, I know only his Francis the Badger books for children, which are great.
    Once i actually get into the text i will see if i get a strong enough vibe to offer a post.

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