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  • Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A

    "TOTAL BS!!"

    Overall

    This is NOT the book!!!! RIP OFF!!! Don't waste your money, this is just some guys talking about the book...

Louis

Louis STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 06-07-12

During my years designing ladies apparel and traveling world wide I discovered a great joy in meeting many cultures and grew to love them.

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  • "Missings"

    1 of 1 helpful votes
    What did you like best about Thalia Book Club? What did you like least?

    I need more time to read through this one.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add about 10 characters, enough with the I, I, I's


    How could the performance have been better?

    You know after much thought I decided this could have been better if read off the pages where there is no voice to distract me. Some books are like that I guess, sorry the story needs concentration off the stage.


    Did Thalia Book Club inspire you to do anything?

    Made me realize that we all read in silence, of a closet if necessary, we want to be alone, that, incidently is why I read, me and my book, the travel alone is exciting. Theater is different, I would go to hear Richard Burton's voice in Macbeth, hearing characters on a stage in London is really thrilling.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the thoughts of why I read, never did before, it's because I love to travel alone, you can take on as another character. Between chapters you also can dream, some, oh to dream!

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    Thalia Book Club: Richard Ford's 'The Sportswriter', 'Independence Day', and 'The Lay of the Land'

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    Louis says: "Missings"

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