Illness and a very busy work schedule have prevented me from reading this month’s Big Other Book Club selection, Tom McCarthy’s C, but I still wanted to contribute something. So, for anyone who is reading/discussing it, here’s some background music:
Hey, y’all. I’m about halfway through C by Tom McCarthy, our January book club selection, if you don’t recall. You still have two weeks to join the discussion. I’m going to kick things off with some ideas of who I’d cast in the movie version of this book. I bet there will be a movie version – it’s that kind of thing. To make it fun, let’s cast it with actors as they existed in 1970. For no real reason – the book doesn’t take place in the 70s. I just think it makes it a little more of a challenge.
I like to wait to read reviews until after I’ve finished the book, personally, but I know some people like to use those in their decision as to whether they’d like to read a book, so I’ll post a few links on the bottom of this post to entice you as well.
Now, Serge exists at many ages in the text, but I’m only going to cast adult Serge. Surely the studio can find some precocious child actor from the 70s to play Serge as a timid youngster. So adult Serge, as he exists while visiting the Klodebrady and serving in the war will be: Bud Cort!
The votes are in, and the winner of the poll for the first book to be discussed in the Big Other Book Club is Tom McCarthy’s C. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, hailed by many and knocked by maybe even more, McCarthy describes the book as dealing with technology and mourning. I’m excited to have, as our first book for discussion, a contest finalist that’s merit has been argued. All the more fuel for our discussion. I’ll start reading quite soon, and begin posting questions, comments and death threats in January.
In the mean time, here’s the rest of the schedule for 2011:
January: Tom McCarthy C
February: Mary Caponegro The Complexities of Intimacy
March: Manuel Puig Betrayed by Rita Hayworth
April: Stanley Elkin Searches and Seizures: 3 Novellas
May: Djuna Barnes Nightwood
June: Lyn Hejinian My Life
July: John Barth The Sotweed Factor
August: Gordon Lish Peru
September: John Gardner and John Maier translation of Gilgamesh
October: John Hawkes Travesty
November: Helen Vendler Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries
December: Mo Yan Big Breasts and Wide Hips