Book Club : 2:45 to 5:30pm
The meet-up will be followed by the Christmas Party. If you are planning to only attend the Christmas Party and not the book club, then please don't RSVP for this meet-up. There is a separate meet-up set-up for the Christmas Party.
If you plan to attend only the book club and not the Christmas Party. Then you are in the right place.
"And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini
So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one...
Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father
and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari - as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named - is everything. More like a parent than a brother,Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled.
One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father.Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.
Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.
Review by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“[Hosseini’s] most assured and emotionally gripping story yet . . . Hosseini’s narrative gifts have deepened over the years. . . . [And the Mountains Echoed] grapples with many of the same themes that crisscross his early novels: the relationship between parents and children, and the ways the past can haunt the present. And it shares a similar penchant for mapping terrain midway between the boldly colored world of fable and the more shadowy, shaded world of realism… [W]e finish this novel with an intimate understanding of who his characters are and how they’ve defined themselves over the years through the choices they have made between duty and freedom, familial responsibilities and independence, loyalty to home and exile abroad… a deeply affecting choral work… a testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller. ”
Getting to the Venue
The meet-up is a room in a Community hall . Called the Britannia Village Hall. The room booked for us is aptly called the Nursery (During the week young people play around there).
The nearest stations are DLR stations of West Silvertown or Pontoon Dock. If you get off at West Silvertown, you need to walk out to the main road and turn right. Keep going on the road till you get to a petrol station. Go down the road just before the petrol station (Boxley Street). At the end of this road turn left and you should see the community centre to the right.
If you choose to drive there should be plenty of street parking around the community hall. It is not restricted on a Saturday.
There is a charge for this meet-up. It will be £5 if you are only coming for the book club and £10 if you are staying for the Christmas Party.
The charge covers the venue, mulled wine, soft drinks and some tit-bits to eat.