all those participating how I will go about conducting our book group, so here it goes!
For those who participated in The Sylph Group Read last year, the layout should seem familiar. I like to keep things casual; grab some tea (or beer, whatever floats your boat) and kick up your heels. You can bring up the deep meaning or symbolism of this and that or you can just gossip casually. It's up to you!
Just as in 18th century salons where hot topics were discussed and gossiped about, I hope everyone won't be too shy to contribute a comment or two, even if it's as simple as "I thought this was interesting" or "That, Lady Ann, what a fox!" A good discussion is our goal, because it's always fun to gush over books together!
For those who have read ahead, remember not to ruin the story for others. Please only discuss what has happened up until that point in the plot. So for example, if we are on Letter 10, please don't go on about how the actions in that chapter effect something in Letter 23. We can wait until Letter 23 to chat about that together!
Most importantly, have fun! You're not getting a grade for this group discussion so get cozy; if you think a character is being a dick, well then say it! The more varied minds there are the more fun gossiping we will have.
Every Thursday in the month of June I will put up a post for the letters (or chapters) we will be discussing that week. Many editions of Evelina are broken up into three volumes. For the editions that are not divided into volumes I have put those chapters in parentheses.
2 June: Volume 1 Letters 1-20
9 June: Volume 1 Letter 21- Volume 2 Letter 6 (21-37)
16 June: Volume 2 Letter 7- 22 (38-53)
23 June: Volume 2 Letter 23- Volume 3 Letter 9 (54-71)
30 June: Volume 3 Letter 10-23 (72-84)
I have put all these dates on a Google calendar in case that is helpful for some.
If anything is unclear, please feel free to ask. I can't wait to see you all next Thursday!