[GRP/NOVEL] The Caxtons, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton - tg

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Post by TriciaG » November 15th, 2020, 3:42 pm

The Caxtons: A Family Picture by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873).

Published in 1849...

The quiet country life of the family of Austin Caxton is interrupted by a visit to London. There his son Pisistratus is offered the position of secretary to a leader in Parliament. That parliamentarian's wife was loved as a girl by Austin Caxton and his brother; but she had passed them both by to make a marriage better suited to an ambitious woman. By a freak of fate, Pisistratus now falls in love with her daughter Fannie.

A further outline of this story would give no idea of its charm. The mutual affection of the Caxtons is finely indicated, and the gradations of light and shade make a beautiful picture. Never before had Bulwer written with so light a touch and so gentle a humor, and this novel has been called the most brilliant and attractive of productions. His gentle satire of certain phrases of political life was founded, doubtless, on actual experience. (Modified from “Warner's Synopsis of Books Ancient and Modern, Vol. II”, 1910)
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Post by TriciaG » November 15th, 2020, 4:03 pm

Wonder why this novel is a group project? 197,450 words or thereabouts, or about 22 hours finished recording. :shock:
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Post by ColleenMc » November 16th, 2020, 1:13 pm

What sadist names their child Pisistratus? And is it pronounced PISS-i-stratus or PYE-si-stratus?

And what sadistic author, failing to anticipate the development of audiobook 150 years later, sticks the narrator with repeating that name over and over?

edit to add: Forvo offers the pronunciation pye-SIS-tri-tus, which I guess is why the mother offers the nickname "Sisty" instead of the obvious....

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Post by TriciaG » November 16th, 2020, 1:20 pm

Ha ha! Yeah, definitely not forward thinking. :)

When I try to suggest a pronunciation, it often doesn't work (people don't see or ignore the suggestion), so I'd say go with whichever. In my mind I pronounced it "Piss-iss-TRA-tiss", but what do I know? :lol:
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Post by TriciaG » November 16th, 2020, 1:45 pm

Apparently it's a Greek name. Pie-SIS-tra-tiss or Pih-SIS-tra-tiss.
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Post by TriciaG » November 16th, 2020, 1:49 pm

Moving to readers wanted...
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Post by jdavis6292 » November 20th, 2020, 2:47 pm

Hello!

I would love to help read this novel.

I would like to claim Chapter 5, Part 1 to start off with, and move from there. (20)

The surname I would like to use is Harold.

Thanks.

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Post by weezer » November 20th, 2020, 3:45 pm

I would like to claim preface and part one, chapter one
Thanks. Weezer

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Post by TriciaG » November 20th, 2020, 3:51 pm

jdavis6292 wrote:
November 20th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Hello!

I would love to help read this novel.

I would like to claim Chapter 5, Part 1 to start off with, and move from there. (20)

The surname I would like to use is Harold.

Thanks.
Sounds like a plan!

So you want to be credited in the catalog as simply "Harold"? Will do! Just so ya know, section 20 will probably be around 40 minutes of finished recording, depending on your reading speed. :)


--- Weezer - I'll add your claim as well. Thanks!
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Post by acousticwave » November 21st, 2020, 4:55 am

Hi Tricia
May I claim Part 1, Chapters 2 and 3?

Angela

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Post by TriciaG » November 21st, 2020, 8:47 am

acousticwave wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 4:55 am
Hi Tricia
May I claim Part 1, Chapters 2 and 3?

Angela
Entered. Thanks, Angela!
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Post by weezer » November 23rd, 2020, 7:46 pm

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Post by TriciaG » November 24th, 2020, 7:18 am

Thank you! I should be able to PL today. :)
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Post by TriciaG » November 24th, 2020, 12:38 pm

Preface:
PL OK! (Although the file name should have been caxtons_00_bulwer-lytton_128kb, but I'll fix that at cataloging time.) :)


Chapter 1:

1:17 - slight stumble: "or he may have sided with M..Monboddo"

2:44 - "and reduced into a whole by a committee of taste" - in this, "whole" sounds like it has an S at the end.

5:36 - normally I wouldn't mention this, but the word change is so funny, it really should be changed. "the women grouped around him" whereas I heard "the women groped around him"
Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
Short essays: Elia, and The Last Essays of Elia
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons

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