In The First Circle Bookclub!
By now, I’m going to assume you’ve got your copy of The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (or, perhaps, the Kindle edition). Hurray! You’re in for a treat.
I’m also going to assume that there are not only folks out there who have the Unexpurgated Version with 96 chapters but also folks who got the copy from their local library, their personal collection, or from a beloved local used bookstore and may then have the version with 87 chapters. As such, I’m going to confirm that the chapter we finish our readings on will be a chapter that is in both groups’ books. Now, of course, the chapter titles in my two versions were translated by two different people and so have slightly different wording/meaning… which tells me that that may be an issue when we discuss the book with each other.
Which is good because I *LOVE* that stuff.
In any case, I’m going to say that the “red version” is the original and the “black version” is the new and uncensored one (because my copies of the book have those respective colors… no political subtext at all). I’m thinking that six sessions would be best for everybody… that’s about 15 chapters per session for red readers and 16 for black readers.
In my red version, the first chapter is called “And Who Are You?”. In my black version, the first chapter is called “Torpedo”. I figure we should start there and read up through chapter Red 15 and Black 16, both chapter titles in my version have been translated to “A Troika Of Liars”. (The chapter that is in the Black version that isn’t in the Red version is chapter 2 “A Miscue”.)
So read those chapters! Meet back here this time next week?