March Book Club Meeting

Hello Book lovers,

We selected our books for the March 2013 meeting.

"The Quiet American" by Graham Greene.
"A Complicated Kindness" by Miriam Toews
"The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief" by Ben Macintyre

If you have time you can read all the books, otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in.

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal; there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the books of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

"The Quiet American" by Graham Greene.

Into the intrigue and violence of Indo-China comes Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch. But even as he intervenes he wonders why: for the sake of politics, or for love?

"A Complicated Kindness" by Miriam Toews

Nomi Nickel lives with her father, Ray, in East Village, a small Mennonite town in Manitoba. She dreams of escaping to the big city, but since her mother and sister left home, it's hard to imagine leaving her father behind. As she begins to piece together the story behind her mother's disappearance, she finds herself on a direct collision course with the town's minister. With fierce originality and brilliance, Miriam Toews takes us straight to the centre of Nomi's world and the complicated kindness at the heart of family life.

"The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief" by Ben Macintyre

The Victorian era's most infamous thief, Adam Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal. And steal he did. Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society. He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole.

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  • Laura H.

    Wonderful, relaxed, insightful conversation and at no stage did I feel that anybody was dominating - a very fair, participatory book club

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Bec

    great

    March 24, 2013

  • Peter

    Thanks Earl and everyone,this was only my second book club meeting ever and i really enjoyed it.It´s a great idea and triggered a lot of extracurricular thoughts.It didn´t hurt that everyone was very relaxed and friendly either...

    2 · March 24, 2013

  • Sandie

    Thanks for hosting Earl! Looking forward to the next one...

    2 · March 23, 2013

  • Sandie

    Ditto!

    March 23, 2013

  • Bec

    I'm coming along but am running late!

    March 23, 2013

  • Dina de L.

    I'm really sad I won't be able to make it this time :( There's always next time!

    March 20, 2013

  • Sara

    Sorry, can't make it, will try for the next one.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has anyone read "a complicated kindness" yet? Sunday like a great book. I'm reading a couple of other books at the moment but would like to attend the march meet up if a few others are also reading this book.

    February 26, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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