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New Meetup: End of 2010 Book Club Meeting

From: Nerida
Sent on: Monday, November 22, 2010 9:48 PM
Hey Book lovers,
Sorry the notice for this meeting is a bit short but November just got away from me but I hope you can still make it along to our last Book Club meeting for the 2010 Year. It should be lots of fun as we have two fascinating and different books to read and discuss:

?Vernon God Little? by DBC Pierre
?The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle? by Haruki Murakami

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

The meeting is
Sat 4 December
Grumpy?s Green Caf?, 125 Smith Street Fitzroy

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 book of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

?Vernon God Little? by DBC Pierre
Vernon God Little is a biting satire of life in central Texas written by an Australian and has won the 2003 Man Booker Prize, the highest accolade for a work of fiction in the British Commonwealth. Many American critics have written scalding reviews, taking the book to task for its nasty portrayal of every unsavory stereotype of life in the United States. The author, DBC Pierre, is an Australian named Peter Finlay, who lived much of his life in Mexico and Texas. His life has not been one spent in the halls of academia or the ivory towers of the literary world, but in the muck and mire of drugs, gambling.

?The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle? by Haruki Murakami
Bad things come in threes for Toru Okada. He loses his job, his cat disappears, and then his wife fails to return from work. His search for his wife (and his cat) introduces him to a bizarre collection of characters, including two psychic sisters, a possibly unbalanced teenager, an old soldier who witnessed the massacres on the Chinese mainland at the beginning of the Second World War, and a very shady politician.
Haruki Murakami is a master of subtly disturbing prose. Mundane events throb with menace, while the bizarre is accepted without comment. Meaning always seems to be just out of reach, for the reader as well as for the characters, yet one is drawn inexorably into a mystery that may have no solution. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is an extended meditation on themes that appear throughout Murakami's earlier work. The tropes of popular culture, movies, music, detective stories, combine to create a work that explores both the surface and the hidden depths of Japanese society at the end of the 20th century.

If I don't see you at this meeting have a great summer break! Keep an eye on Meet up for the first meeting of 2011!

What: End of 2010 Book Club Meeting

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