The parenthetical title for this thread is the brainchild of Tom Without Pity. He also had the wonderful idea to dedicate the proceedings found herein to our friend Thomas P. Malone, whom we all greatly esteem. And it is truly fitting, because Thomas was instrumental in recommending our pilot project "The Mayor of Casterbridge"; a work we enjoyed reading and sharing.
Essentially, this thread may best be seen as a literary extension of the 'ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Screening Films from Hollywood's Golden Age'. However, instead of screening a film and writing a review, we simply read a book and discuss our impressions. It is hoped that film adaptations will add an interesting comparative dynamic, but they are by no means necessary.
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Our first official "Tome" will be Cormac McCarthy's 1985 novel "Blood Meridian". All are welcome to participate. : )