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The Dublin Book Club Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

Here are the 2 book choices for March. And remember, you don't have to read both books!
Enjoy, and see you on the 19th of March!
Note: If these books are difficult to find in bookshops, try online (e.g.:,
Also, you can check out the book list online via the 'Files' section from 'More' on the menubar.

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino (Oct ‘11, Carol G)
The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book is framed as a conversation between the aging and busy emperor Kublai Khan, who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire, and Polo. The majority of the book consists of brief prose poems describing 55 cities, apparently narrated by Polo. Short dialogues between the two characters are interspersed every five to ten cities and are used to discuss various ideas presented by the cities on a wide range of topics including linguistics and human nature. The interludes between Khan and Polo are no less poetically constructed than the cities, and form a framing device, a story within a story, that plays with the natural complexity of language and stories.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern (Lynn, Oct’12)
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.

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  • Sean M

    Really enjoyed it. There's nothing like a really bad book to get the conversation going and liven things up! Thanks Seamus.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • brenda f.

    would love to attend next month

    March 19, 2013

  • Anne-Marie

    Can't make it unfortunately, but reading The Night Circus at the minute. Wondering if could set up an on-line book discussion group for those of us that can't make it into town?

    March 19, 2013

  • Claudia

    I have to cancel last minute. Really sorry :(

    March 18, 2013

  • Fiona F.

    Hiya, I only just found out about the book club.. I would love to join I wouldn't have time to read the book for this month but would it be possible to get the list for next month and I'll be there... Thank you

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new, so I'm happy to wait until next month so a regular can take my spot.

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi Seamus
    I am new to the group, just wondering whether it was possible for me to come along on Tuesday? have read the night circus, would love to come along see what other folks thought of it. if you're full up that's no worries i will come along next month!

    March 17, 2013

  • kieran o c.

    sorry i can not attend . hope there is enough time for someone else

    March 17, 2013

  • Seamus

    Because of the high turnout last month, I have closed RSVPs for this month at 40.... If you are a new member please wait for next month. If you are a regular please contact me if you want to join in this month.

    March 15, 2013

  • Sylvie

    I would love to join next months book club as I think I won't have enough time to read this one by the 19th.

    March 13, 2013

    • Seamus

      Sylvie, Invisible Cities is quite a short book, if you can get your hands on it. You don't have to read both books. We have two books so people can have a choice.

      March 14, 2013

  • kieran o c.

    i will be at the meeting, try to start one of the books

    March 5, 2013

  • Shinead

    + 1

    February 20, 2013

    • Seamus

      Hi Shinead, I amended the RSVP to include your +1.

      February 25, 2013

  • Derval Mc C.

    If anyone is having trouble getting a copy of The Night Circus, Easons will order it for you, as they don't have it in stock. Takes 10 or so days.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Seamus

    I have created a discussion topic for each book on the message board within the Discussions section (located via the menubar above).
    These include some discussion questions and a study guide for Invisible Cities.

    2 · February 22, 2013

  • John L.

    Thanks for prompt announcement of the books.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Mary K.

    Looking forward to it already!

    February 20, 2013

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