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    Default The Splendidly Scented Ladies' Book Club

    So, here's the thread!

    The plan is to pick a book, read it together, and discuss it within a fragrance-oriented framework. We would probably focus on the main character, but other characters could certainly be included. Coumarin has suggested that we could make this a series focusing on different eras and their corresponding perfumes, ie. modern novel = modern perfume, period novel = fragrances from that period. This could be quite interesting, and perhaps lend a little structure to our discussions.

    So far everyone seems interested in starting with Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea. Do we have a concensus, or should we keep looking?

    We'd like to give everyone enough time to acquire the book. Is a month too long, too short?

    We could log in weekly, or every second week (or whenever we want, for that matter) for our discussions. Also, I believe we have a chat feature on this site. Would it be fun to set a time and all meet there for our discussions? Old time book club in cyberspace.

    Everyone is welcome to join in. The parameters haven't been solidly set yet, so feel free to make suggestions. The point is to keep it relaxed and fun. It shouldn't be like homework!

    Cheers!

    Here are some suggestions, aside from WSS:

    Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan from Zibeline

    The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
    Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
    Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
    Liars and Saints - Maile Meloy all from coumarin

    Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
    Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier all from Twolf

    The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
    Chanel and Her World - the Biography of Coco Chanel - Edmonde Charles Roux all from mochi227

    The Red Tent - Anita Diamant from Shycat
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    I see, thanks to the all-knowing internet, that my local library has this on the shelf.

    As for a sticky, Tigs will probably catch this, but just send a PM to her in case. (Likewise, the new layering challenge is eminently sticky-worthy.)

    I've never been in a book club before, but a month seems reasonable length of time.
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    Thanks for suggesting and organizing this, Pellen -- just ordered my copy, and I'll meet you all back here the first week of February!

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    Wide Sargasso Sea! The story of Antoinette Rochester is a great choice for a book club....count me in!


    May I humbly suggest a novel for another month, sometime or other?

    Francoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse. The three female characters in that book are a diverse lot and choosing scents would be great fun. Plus it's a wonderful short work.
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    Count this bibliophile in!!!
    GREAT IDEA
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

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    oh yay! this is a great book and perfect for the fragrance-minded. once i dig out my copy, please count me in too! :wave:
    Seeking: woods patchouli fresh tuberose


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    Looking forward to it. Using the chat feature of the site to do our book club talks would be great as we could all be there together in real time
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    Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
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    I love this idea! I'm in, as long as my reading assignments for school don't completely dominate the hours I can devote to books. And I'm a bit ashamed to say I don't think I've even heard of the first selection, so it'll be fun going in not knowing what to expect!

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    Another bibliophile overhere. I'm in!!
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    Count me in as well! The film based on the book was shown on British t.v.
    last year(2006), as was Jane Eyre. Look forward to reading it with you all after I've finished "Perfume" by Susskind.

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    Hi Ladies!

    It looks like things are getting ready to roll here!

    Twolf has suggested that we set our meetings for a weekend day in mid-month. How about the second Saturday? This coming Saturday would be too soon, of course, but we could start next month. That would give everyone time to get the book and start reading.

    So far, everyone seems to be happy to start with Wide Sargasso Sea. Shall we go with that, or are there some dissenters? PM me with your "vote" so I can keep track.

    There have also been some good suggestions of other books to read. I will post them as an edit in my post in our thread. That way they will be easy to find and we can keep adding them as they come in.\

    Also, I still like the idea of holding our meeting in the chat room, so that we can do it in real time. I will ask tigrushka about how to go about that (I think we can set up a special "room"). However, I know that some of us may not be able to attend at a set time, so we'll keep the thread open for comments coming in at any time.

    I am really looking forward to this! Keep all your great suggestions coming in!

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    Ordered my Sargasso Sea from Amazon and am set to start on February 10th - second Saturday in February? :bounce:

    By the way - the suggestion of She was a sort of joke. A highly fanciful and somewhat lurid tale about a jungle goddess (hear that ladies - GODDESS!) that may be out of print. Less existential than Bonjour Tristesse however!

    Thanks Pellen!
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    I'm over the moon about this idea. Here are my suggestions:

    Cheri or The Vagabond or Break of Day - all by Colette

    The Fig Eater by Jody Shields

    Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

    Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote

    The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber (features an evil Victorian perfume magnate!)

    I think I'll stop myself there for now. But I am excited about Wide Sargasso Sea for our first meeting.


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    Please count me in!

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    Count me kinda in, kinda out. The Wide Sargasso sea sounded too depressing, and although I intended to buy it, when actually at Borders I just bought a copy of Jane Erye instead.


    I recommend "The Red Tent." I don't remember who wrote it, but I read it several years ago and remember it being good. I gave it to a friend of mine to read and she liked so much so asked if she could pass it to another friend. I was kept updated for a couple more passes, but then the copy got outside my little community and I lost it. It was popular.

    It gives voice to a woman briefly mentioned in the Bible, like in one verse or something, and builds a whole story about what her life could have been like. I envision wearing roses and lotus, frankincense and myrrhe, leather and ouds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shycat
    I recommend "The Red Tent." I don't remember who wrote it, but I read it several years ago and remember it being good. I gave it to a friend of mine to read and she liked so much so asked if she could pass it to another friend. I was kept updated for a couple more passes, but then the copy got outside my little community and I lost it. It was popular.

    It gives voice to a woman briefly mentioned in the Bible, like in one verse or something, and builds a whole story about what her life could have been like. I envision wearing roses and lotus, frankincense and myrrhe, leather and ouds.
    The Red Tent is by Anita Diamant. I agree - it's a tremendous read. It's about Dinah (DEE-na), a woman in the Hebrew Bible who is "raped" ,thus her brothers commit brutal revenge...or so that's how the story has been told. It's utterly fascinating to read this story from a woman's point of view as both author and narrator's voice!

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    I am planning on going on a sniffing excursion today so I'll try to pick up a copy of Sargasso Sea.

    This sounds like fun!

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    The Wide Sargasso Sea is a lovely idea! I'd also suggest reading Jane Eyre as the relation between the two is so interesting.

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    I would love to participate in this also. Books + Perfume = moondeva heaven!

    A few suggestions for good perfume / literature discussions:

    Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
    The Handmaiden's Tale - Margaret Atwood
    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    Othello - William Shakespeare
    The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
    Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
    The White Boy Shuffle - Paul Beatty


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    I've recently read Cheri (Colette) & Bonjour Tristesse & think both would lend themselves very well to a perfume/literary discussion.

    Could I also suggest 'Pride & Prejudice' - so many different characters, I'm already trying to imagine which perfume would represent each one best.

    'Chocolat' by Joanne Harris is a very evocative story. The book is so much more detailed than the film.
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    OK - here I am - "Staying in the NOW"....Miz Pellen, my Sargasso Sea has arrived :bounce: and I want to start reading!!

    Or do I wait until second Saturday in February - the 10th - and we all start reading together? Or do we get assigned chapters-per-week and be trying out frags to go with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady
    Or do I wait until second Saturday in February - the 10th - and we all start reading together? Or do we get assigned chapters-per-week and be trying out frags to go with?
    I think you should suit yourself, as I don't think we have a specific plan. I read it in 2 sittings over the weekend, and I plan to go back and take the leisurely chapter-at-a-time approach as we get into posting. I needed time to crib notes on what sorts of samples to stock up on as my collection is pretty limited so far, especially where more exotic scents go. Glad you're in!

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    Yep, I second coumarin. Do it your way, baby! The second Sat. in Feb. we'll all check in and do some discussin', so it's probably a good idea to start reading now, but there will be no specific assigning of chapters. Let's all just try to get a couple of chapters in before then so that we have something to discuss.
    I think that we've decided to go with WSS for this session, but those of you with suggestions keep them coming; we'll need to come up with something else soon, too.
    I'll try to think up some questions to think about while reading the book and anybody else that has some ideas for questions please post them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pellen
    Yep, I second coumarin. Do it your way, baby! The second Sat. in Feb. we'll all check in and do some discussin', so it's probably a good idea to start reading now, but there will be no specific assigning of chapters. Let's all just try to get a couple of chapters in before then so that we have something to discuss.
    I think that we've decided to go with WSS for this session, but those of you with suggestions keep them coming; we'll need to come up with something else soon, too.
    I'll try to think up some questions to think about while reading the book and anybody else that has some ideas for questions please post them!
    Copy that!

    (Have to admit I crept in even before I got your reply, Pellen. The writing is as spare and evocative as I remember. This is terrific choice, I think, for springboarding a literary/fragrance roundtable!! Plan on bringing home Glorioso and Casablanca lilies - maybe some jungle sounds - to get in the mood! Just got through sampling Datura Noir for Lutens week - thanks to a BNer have discovered that Datura [Jimson Weed!!] is an hallucinatory and used in Obeah to create zombies!. Oooooooh!!! )
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    I finished Jane Erye, and now I feel more like The Wide Sargasso Sea. Besides which, I failed so miserably at Lutens week I feel I must participate in something according to plan or feel like a outcast!

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    Please count me in........ah....books and perfume!!
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    I should be able to get my hands on Wide Sargasso Sea and would love to join you guys. I'll be flying to NYC on the second Saturday of Feb. but it would still be fun to chat about the book. I always return to Jane Eyre, so I am truly hoping for an interesting read in WSS.

    This site may be useful as a reference as it is a full and unabridged copy of Jane Eyre:

    literature.org/authors/bronte-charlotte/jane-eyre/

    (sorry for lack of a link, I do not have enough posts to paste a url)

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    America's Public Broadcasting is beginning to air a new Masterpiece Theatre rendering of Jane Eyre on Jan. 21 & 28. Details here.
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    I'm really glad that many of you are also looking into Jane Eyre. While Wide Sargasso Sea is a book that certainly can stand on it's own, it was written in response to Jane Eyre and knowledge of Charlotte Bronte's work adds an important level of depth to the novel.
    Welcome to all the new people that have shown interest in this project. It's great to have more people on board.
    I have been thinking that the title of this thread is a little exclusive sounding; I certainly would enjoy to have a few men on board! Perhaps I should post an invitation on the MFD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry
    America's Public Broadcasting is beginning to air a new Masterpiece Theatre rendering of Jane Eyre on Jan. 21 & 28. Details here.

    Oh! Wonderful! What perfect timing, indeed! <marks callendar with bright marker>

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