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post #21 of 67
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No, it was here

Which is probably from the magazine.

Also, why oh why is older brother named Chapter Eleven, did I totally miss something, like an explanation??

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I wonder how the family finds out about Desdemona and Lefty being siblings-they have to eventually because Cal knows. Don't spoil me if you know!!!
post #22 of 67
I haven't found an answer yet as to why the "Chapter Eleven" name. It seems odd. I'm sure there will be an explanation.

And, no, I haven't gotten to the part if/when the family finds out.
post #23 of 67
Cal likes to use capitalized nouns to refer to certain people. In a later chapter that covers his teenage years, he refers to the girl he likes as Obscure Object/The Object and her parents as Mrs. Object. I think in the same vein, he refers to his brother as Chapter Eleven not because that is his real name (I can't imagine Cal's American born parents giving that name to a child) but rather it represents some characteristic of him like Chapter Eleven bankruptcy or something similar.
post #24 of 67
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Cal likes to use capitalized nouns to refer to certain people. In a later chapter that covers his teenage years, he refers to the girl he likes as Obscure Object/The Object and her parents as Mrs. Object. I think in the same vein, he refers to his brother as Chapter Eleven not because that is his real name (I can't imagine Cal's American born parents giving that name to a child) but rather it represents some characteristic of him like Chapter Eleven bankruptcy or something similar.
Ah. Of course which makes perfect sense now that I've finished the book!
post #25 of 67
I read this book a few years ago, and just loved it. So I'm subbing.
post #26 of 67
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Cal likes to use capitalized nouns to refer to certain people. In a later chapter that covers his teenage years, he refers to the girl he likes as Obscure Object/The Object and her parents as Mrs. Object. I think in the same vein, he refers to his brother as Chapter Eleven not because that is his real name (I can't imagine Cal's American born parents giving that name to a child) but rather it represents some characteristic of him like Chapter Eleven bankruptcy or something similar.
Are you finished already?
post #27 of 67
Almost

I was so eager to find out when the secret would be revealed that I am almost at the end.
post #28 of 67
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Book Goddess:

how far have you gotten? Because I want to talk about the events near the ending!!
post #29 of 67
I've been having trouble getting into this book. I will give it another go tomorrow and hopefully will be joining everyone in the discussion.

Anyone else find it slowgoing at first?:
post #30 of 67
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I've been having trouble getting into this book. I will give it another go tomorrow and hopefully will be joining everyone in the discussion.

Anyone else find it slowgoing at first?:
Yes, and some things disturbed me and made me want to put it down but once I got comfortable with it, it has been readable.


I just wish I wasn't so bogged down with canning and freezing, I would have more time to read. :
post #31 of 67
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Book Goddess:

how far have you gotten? Because I want to talk about the events near the ending!!
I'm about 25 pages or so away from the end. Let's talk with the spoilers.

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I've been having trouble getting into this book. I will give it another go tomorrow and hopefully will be joining everyone in the discussion.

Anyone else find it slowgoing at first?:
I found it slow going at first. The grandparents' secret and the truth about Cal kept me going. I was eager to find out when both facts would be revealed to others.
post #32 of 67
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For those finished or close to:

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Can you believe the part about the peep show! That took me by complete surprise.

Also, I guess the brother was called Chapter 11 because he ran the hot dog business into the ground, huh.

post #33 of 67
Bumping as it is getting lost in the HP hoo-rah!
post #34 of 67
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I've been having trouble getting into this book. I will give it another go tomorrow and hopefully will be joining everyone in the discussion.

Anyone else find it slowgoing at first?:

It took me 40-50 pages to get into it. Then I was completely hooked by the genetic/family history behind Cal.

megin
post #35 of 67
I'm reading this book and I love it. I was hooked from the beginning.
post #36 of 67
Bumping again!
post #37 of 67
I read about a year ago. I loved it, subbing to learn more.
post #38 of 67
Okay, I'm sorry to be so slow reading this book, usually I can finish a book this size easily in a week.

Anyway, I'm on page 340 and it is getting good again. I was starting to get bored with it but since I've spent so much time in the dentist chair this past week, that is where I've been reading.

I am so sad for Callie. She has such conflicting emotions, I can't imagine what that must be like in the teen years when you are struggling with identity issues and then on top of that to have male and female feelings.
post #39 of 67
Okay, I'm on 390 something and poor Callie is being rushed to the ER after the tractor accident.....
post #40 of 67
Okay, I am almost finished. So what are we going to read next so that we can all start to get our books together.

Someone else can pick the next one, since I chose Middlesex.
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