Booze and Books March Meetup

This months reads are all over the place. One is a previously banned book, one a recount of life in Australian and the final is a good laugh fest. All books have healthy amounts available at the library and the banned book is available on Project Gutenberg although epic.

I will confirm very soon where about at the Plough Inn we will be meeting as there is a timetabling issue for this month, but I will have it sorted soon.

As always a gold coin donation would be wonderful to offset the costs of having the group. The charges have now gone up to $200 a year to host a meetup site, that I personally pay. I won't make you pay and I will be offended if you give too much. Our financial status is available under group tools for all to see if you are interested.

Ulysses by James Joyce

816 pages (classic) (previously banned book) 1922

In the past, Ulysses has been labeled dirty, blasphemous, and even unreadable. None of these adjectives, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a close-focus sort of way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book.

William Blake saw the universe in a grain of sand. Joyce saw it in Dublin, Ireland, on June 16, 1904, a day distinguished by its utter normality. Two characters, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, go about their separate business, crossing paths with a gallery of indelible Dubliners. We watch them teach, eat, stroll the streets, argue, and (in Bloom's case) masturbate. And thanks to the book's stream-of-consciousness technique--which suggests no mere stream but an impossibly deep, swift-running river--we're privy to their thoughts, emotions, and memories. The result? Almost every variety of human experience is crammed into the accordian folds of a single day, which makes Ulysses not just an experimental work but the very last word in realism.

Worse  things Happen at Sea by William McInnes and Sarah Watt

256 pages (Australian) 2011

In William's first book A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY he wrote about family life in the 1960s with humour, affection and honesty. WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA does the same for family life in 2000s; written by William and Sarah in a way that many Australians can relate to and enjoy. This book celebrates the wonderful, messy, haphazard things in life - bringing home babies from hospital, being a friend, a parent, son or daughter, and dog obedience classes. It's about living for twenty years in the family home, raising children there, chasing angry rabbits around the backyard, renovations that never end. It is also about understanding that sometimes you have to say goodbye; that is part of life too. Illustrated throughout with Sarah Watt's photographs of family life and beautiful but everyday objects.

The Family Law by Benjamin Law

220 pages (humour) 2010

A vivid, gorgeously garish, Technicolor portrait of a family. It’s impossible not to let oneself go along for the ride and emerge at the book’s end enlightened, touched, thrilling with laughter.’ – Marieke Hardy

Meet the Law family – eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: Why won’t his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980s? Will his childhood dreams of Home and Away stardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love?

Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a wonderful new Australian talent.


 

 

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    About a third through Ulysses...

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nick, I think you're just showing off now!

      March 31, 2013

  • Belinda H.

    Hi all, I'm at the Krissy Keen book launch at Avid reader and one Mr Benjamin Law and his partner Scott just sat down on front of me, what a coincidence!

    March 28, 2013

    • Debbie

      That is so cool

      March 28, 2013

  • Bernadette N.

    It was again well organised with a great bunch of people. I always meet someone new with some of the old crowd. Debbie is a great organiser for a relaxed bookclub with a bit of fun

    March 28, 2013

  • Debbie

    Thanks everyone who was able to come along. Was a bit hard to hear unfortunately but some lively discussion was had. next month we will be inside upstairs so should be easier to hear everyone.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've discovered that Ulysses is in the public domain, and you can download it from project Gutenberg in various formats to suit your e-reader.

    March 27, 2013

  • Jo

    Sorry, can't make it - next time!

    March 26, 2013

  • Bernadette N.

    Where about at the plough inn are we meeting? You may have told us and I missed it.

    March 26, 2013

    • Debbie

      We meet downstairs around the lounges from 6.30, order dinner from 6.45 for those that want food then go straight upstairs. So depending on what time you get there as to where we are.

      March 26, 2013

  • Debbie

    Ulysses is a really big read. We might review it in April and give those keen to read it an opportunity to plough through it. Will see how everyone is going at the end of the month.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first meetup. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    March 1, 2013

    • Debbie

      Likewise Annette

      March 5, 2013

28 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more
Katie

I'm surprised by the level of growth I've seen since becoming an organizer, it's given me more confidence in my abilities.

Katie, started NYC ICO

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy