Thursday, July 10, 2008

August's Reading Selection

Come on you guys! What's up with a straight-up tie?!?! Alright, this time around I'll just break the tie, but I'm going to put up a poll and see if you'd prefer for me to be the tie-breaker (even though I already voted), or if you'd like it better if the random book winner breaks the tie (and honestly, they've already voted as well). Or we can ask my 4 year old which one she thinks would be best. But in order to keep things orderly, I'm picking this time around and I'm going to go with A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. We'll discuss the book in September; our discussion on August 5th will be for 1776 by David McCullough. (Which is a good read thus far!)

Free book announcement...drum roll please...and the winner is...#2 (compliments of Random.org), which is...Mr/s. Mordecai! Email me with mailing info so I can get your book out to you. (If you already have a copy of ATOTC, we'll work something out.)

Thanks for the comments this time around, some of them really got me thinking!

6 comments:

Mrs. Mordecai said...

We do indeed already have a copy of it (and of the other tied book as well!). So just don't worry about it and enjoy getting your own copy!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I found the audio version here, if anyone prefers to listen:

http://librivox.org/a-tale-of-two-cities-by-charles-dickens/

Mr. Mordecai said...

You can also read it online (if you're so inclined) here, here or here.

Ganeida said...

This won't be the right place for this but will an American reader clarify something for me please; was Thomas Jefferson a Christian or not? Some of the things he's quoted as saying would seem to indicate, no, but I know nothing about the man except his name. Ta.

Mr. Mordecai said...

Ganeida,

I don't know that it really clarifies much, but his wikipedia page has an entire section devoted to his religious views.

From what I see there, it appears he believed Christ to be a "great moral teacher," but not the Messiah or Son of God (according to one scholar's opinion). It appears that he even took the time to create his own edited form of the gospels, omitting various parts of the account given in the New Testament.

The discussion the Wikipedia page has on his religious views and their effect on "separation of church and state" is interesting.

I love Wikipedia.

Ganeida said...

Thank you Mr.Mordecai. Knowing so little I wanted an *opinion* before refering to sources I wasn't sure were accurate. That is pretty much the conclusion I had already reached & find rather ironic ~ as a non~American.