Slate.com recently observed that "...it’s sad to see that John Updike has subtly fallen out of fashion, that he is left off best novels lists like the Modern Library’s, and that a faint sense of disapproval clings to his reputation, even as his immense talent is recognized."
Certainly, many people approach Updike warily-including some in this group, who read Rabbit Is Rich for our February meeting. But MANY others consider the author's work to be among the best of the last century, even if Harry Angstrom, the Rabbit protagonist, isn't terribly sympathetic.
So, rally, friends, because Rabbit At Rest is our April 2014 selection for TWO MEETINGS of the Brooklyn Pulitzer Prize Book Club. The New York Times called it "certainly the most brooding, the most demanding, the most concentrated of John Updike's longer novels."
Two meetings? Indeed. The group has grown a lot in the past 2-3 years, and we now have more than 200 members. But, we limit our Meetups to 12 people, because discussions can get unwieldy with more than that. That means we typically have a long wait-list, which leads to frustration and disappointment. So, we're continuing our experiment, with two meetups for the same book.
As a result, if you can't get a seat at the table for our session on Sunday April 13th, you should join us on Monday, April 14th. The idea is that you'll pick the date that works best for you, unless you really, really want to talk about this book twice.)
As always, we'd love to have you join us, even if you haven't read the whole thing, if you've never come before, or you haven't been here in months. We don't care. We're not one of those clique-y groups. Come on by and pull up a chair.
Black Mountain has 25 lovely wines available for your drinking pleasure, tasty small plates, and a comfortable vibe. Come join us on Sunday, April 13th!
P.S. #1: Oh, about the $1 fee: Meetup charges $12+/month to maintain a Meetup group, so this is just an attempt to defray that cost.
P.S.#2: If you do need to cancel for some reason, please do so with as much advance notice as possible. We’ve now got more than 200 members, and even with two Meetups, we may well have a waiting list for our events. By canceling as soon as you can, you enable others to participate as well, which is nice for all.