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The Dublin Book Club Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

Hi everybody,

here are the two books for the February 18th meetup.  And remember, you don't have to read both books! Enjoy, and see you on the 18th of February!

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

1. Perfume - Patrick Suskind

2. The Street Sweeper - Elliot Perlman

1. Perfume – Patrick Suskind (Sean, June’13)

'In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, more succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: to the fleeting realm of scent . . .'

2. The Street Sweeper - Elliot Perlman (Lorraine, May'13)

On the crowded streets of New York City there are even more stories than there are people passing each other every day... only some of these stories survive to become history. Lamont Williams, recently released from prison and working as a hospital janitor, strikes up an unlikely friendship with a patient, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who starts to tell him of his extraordinary past.
Meanwhile Adam Zignelik, the son of a prominent Jewish civil rights lawyer, is facing a personal crisis: almost 40-years-old, his long-term relationship is faltering and his academic career has stalled. It's only when one of his late father's closest friends, the civil rights activist William McCray, suggests a promising research topic that the possibility of some kind of redemption arises.
Dealing with memory, racism and the human capacity for guilt, resilience, heroism, and unexpected kindness, The Street Sweeper spans over fifty years, and ranges from New York to Melbourne, Chicago, Warsaw and Auschwitz, as these two very different paths - Adam's and Lamont's - lead to one greater story.


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  • Eddie

    I actually mistakenly read the March book Things Fall Apart, thinking it was for this meeting, then realised it wasn't, so things fell apart and I stayed away.

    February 20, 2014

  • Tatyana

    Had a great time! Thanks, everyone - enjoyed a lot talking about books, movies, etc. Thanks, Seamus!
    ...marshmallow - yammi

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Orla M.

    Hi - sorry I didn't make it tonight. Next time

    February 18, 2014

  • Magdalena A. G.

    I won't make it either - I'm down with a cold and I had hoped it would go away by today but it didn't :(

    February 18, 2014

  • Carol G

    I won't make it tonight, big deadline looming!

    February 18, 2014

  • Caroline

    Hey. So disappointed I've had to pull out of going at the last minute - especially since I worked so hard to source the book and read it. Oh well. Fantastic book choice by the way; really enjoyed Perfume by Patrick Suskind. I found it quite hard to get into at first; the language was full on and the reading pace was very fast. It took me a while to get a rhythm going but once I did, I couldn't put the book down. This haunting story was weird and fantastic; utterly engrossing.

    February 17, 2014

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