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The Dublin Book Club Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

Here are the book choices for September. And remember, you don't have to read both books!
Enjoy, and see you on the 17th of September!

Note: If these books are difficult to find in bookshops, try online (e.g.:,
Also, you can check out the current book list online via the 'Files' section from 'More' on the menubar.

1. Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham

2. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn










1. Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham (Andrew, Jan'13)

Of Human Bondage is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It is generally agreed to be his masterpiece and to be strongly autobiographical in nature, although Maugham stated, "This is a novel, not an autobiography, though much in it is autobiographical, more is pure invention." Maugham, who had originally planned to call his novel Beauty from Ashes, finally settled on a title taken from Spinoza's Ethics.
What Buddhist burst of contemplation led to this great novel written by that technician, W Somerset Maugham? Of all the great books of the 20th century, which one could compare with its raw nerve and sinew? Here are no word games, no playing with the chronology, no obfuscation. With the limpid prose that had become his trademark, Maugham took us by the most direct route into his own private inferno.
OF HUMAN BONDAGE is a big book. There are hundreds of characters; and many of the lesser characters are memorable. The ineffectual dilettante Hayward, the skeptical poet Cronshaw, the icily bland Mildred, the despairing artist Fanny Price, the treacherous Griffiths -- even the walk-on role of grumpy old Dr. South comes alive in the last few pages of the novel.
The settings are equally diffuse: London, the English countryside, Heidelberg, Paris, a Channel fishing village, and -- an amusing canard -- Toledo in Spain. (Carey is always dreaming of going there, but he never does.)

2. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn (Catherine, Apr'13)

'What are you thinking, Amy?' The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: 'What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?' Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war...

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  • Lesley-Ann

    simply couldnt read the entire book before tonight, really enjoying it though - Human Bondage

    September 17, 2013

  • Declan M.

    sorry to miss tonight hope to be here in oct

    September 17, 2013

  • Denise

    Any recommendations for a good holiday read? Something entertaining. Finished Gone Girl and reading Dark Places now.

    September 17, 2013

  • Mary K.

    Had a busy weekend and need to recharge the batteries!

    September 16, 2013

  • Fabián

    could not finish the book, so I think its not point to go and don't have any comments to discuss, hope to make the next meeting

    September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it in the end, haven't been able to read either of the books and still have a paper to read which is slightly higher in my reading Q. See you guys next time!

    September 14, 2013

  • laura t.

    I better start reading faster! only on Gone girl at the mo...:D

    September 10, 2013

  • Philomena O.

    Hi, Can I join this group and start next months books, wont have time for this month lol :)

    September 8, 2013

    • Seamus

      Hi Philomena; that is not a problem. See you next month.

      1 · September 10, 2013

  • Orla M.

    I started Gone Girl - nice easy read- page turner for sure :-)

    September 4, 2013

  • Nuala S

    I am attending book club for 1st time. I really loved Of Human Bondage the 1st time I read it dare I say it nearly 30 years ago so I am just starting reading it again, hope I get it finished on time. I had forgotten how long it was though and its an old 2nd hand book with woeful print so here's hoping. Looking forward to seeing you all at Bleeding Horse.

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Denise

      Fair dues to you. I started Gone Girl yesterday evening and so far a page turner:) Happy days!

      September 4, 2013

  • Denise

    I give up... I'm packing in Of Human Bondage. My life's too short and reading his is making it shorter.
    Is everyone else loving it?
    Will try to get Gone Girl read before the meeting...!

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Philomena L.

    My first book club, can't wait, reading Gone Girl

    August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gone Girl! Can't wait!

    August 21, 2013

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