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October 2012 Book Discussion

The book for October is YOU DESERVE NOTHING by Alexander Maksik.

Set in Paris, at an international high school catering to the sons and daughters of wealthy families, You Deserve Nothing is a gripping story of power, idealism, and morality.

William Silver is a talented and charismatic young teacher whose unconventional methods raise eyebrows among his colleagues and superiors. His students, however, are devoted to him. His teaching of Camus, Faulkner, Sartre, Keats and other kindred souls breathe life into their sense of social justice and their capacities for philosophical and ethical thought. But unbeknownst to his adoring pupils, Silver proves incapable of living up to the ideals he encourages in others. Emotionally scarred by failures in his personal life and driven to distraction by the City of Light's overpowering carnality and beauty, Silver succumbs to a temptation that will change the course of his life. His fall will render him a criminal in the eyes of some, and all too human in the eyes of others.

In Maksik's stylish prose, Paris is sensual, dazzling and dangerously seductive. It serves as a fitting backdrop for a dramatic tale about the tension between desire and action, and about the complex relationship that exists between our public and private selves.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though I didn't enjoy the book, I thought Susan conducted an interesting discussion.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    a very lively discussion...good book choice for encouraging dialogue!

    October 5, 2012

  • Jennifer

    So sorry I have to cancel last minute, but I'm going to be stuck late at work. Have a good discussion!

    October 4, 2012

    • Susan

      Sorry you had to work late- I missed you! Hope to see you in November.

      October 4, 2012

  • Stella R.

    Have to change my RSVP. Sorry to cancel. I hate doing that when I read the book!!

    September 30, 2012

    • Susan

      Sorry you can't make it :( maybe next month!

      October 2, 2012

  • Susan

    Looking forward to meeting you Rona!

    September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first meeting with other club members.

    1 · September 20, 2012

  • HELEN

    Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone might have a copy of "Gone Girl" (for November's discussion) that they would not terribly mind lending out possibly? I don't have a kindle and usually rely on the library but there's about 500 + people ahead of me for this book. If anyone has it & would not mind loaning it out, I would greatly appreciate it! I am not as fast a reader as I used to be so it probably will take me until the Nov. meetup to finish. I promise to take good care & return it the same condition as I got it! I know it's a long shot but just thought I'd ask... Thank you : )

    August 11, 2012

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