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The Dublin Book Club Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

Here are the 2 book choices for January 2012. And remember; you don't have to read both books!
Enjoy, and see you on the 15th of January!

Note: If these books are difficult to find in bookshops, try online (e.g.: Amazon.co.uk, kennys.ie)

Also, you can check out the book list online via the 'Files' section from 'More' on the menubar.

Bleak House - Charles Dickens (Carol G, May'12)
Bleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens, published in 20 monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853. It is held to be one of Dickens's finest novels, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. The story is told partly by the novel's heroine, Esther Summerson, and partly by an omniscient narrator. Memorable characters include the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn, the friendly, but depressive John Jarndyce, and the childish and disingenuous Harold Skimpole, as well as the likeable but imprudent Richard Carstone. At the novel's core is long-running litigation in England's Court of Chancery, Jarndyce v Jarndyce, which has far-reaching consequences for all involved. This case revolves around a testator who apparently made several wills, all of them seeking to bequeath money and land surrounding the Manor of Marr in South Yorkshire. The litigation, which already has consumed years and 60 to 70 thousand pounds sterling in court costs, is emblematic of the failure of Chancery. Dickens's assault on the flaws of the British judiciary system is based in part on his own experiences as a law clerk, and in part on his experiences as a Chancery litigant seeking to enforce his copyright on his earlier books.


The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood (Seamus, Oct’12)
The sun brightens in the east, reddening the blue-grey haze that marks the distant ocean. The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry them. The air smells faintly of burning. The waterless flood? A manmade plague has ended the world. But two young women have survived: Ren, a young dancer trapped where she worked, in an upmarket sex club (the cleanest dirty girls in town); and Toby, who watches and waits from her rooftop garden. Is anyone else out there?
'A tour de force ... as pacy as a thriller ... laced with Atwood's dry wit and her savage, credible invention'

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  • Seamus

    Hi there! I have a cardigan and a pair of glasses that were left over after the meetup. Let me know if either of them are yours and we can figure out some way to get them back to you.

    January 15, 2013

    • Seamus

      Looks like we have a winner;-) Let me know what you want to do about getting it back.

      January 19, 2013

    • Jason

      I'm easy. The next book club will b fine.

      January 19, 2013

  • Sean M

    only 3 other people read a 980 page book... somethings wrong with book nomination and voting system? And no real effort to encourage people to mix so you stay with the first 3/4 people you happen to sit with... Maybe think about changing the sitting arrangement, it would be very easy to do?

    January 16, 2013

  • Ray

    Very enjoyable evening spent with very knowlegble people. Look forward to seeing you all again.

    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the group and was wondering what the next book/s are going to be. If they were decided at the last meeting?

    January 16, 2013

  • Caroline C.

    thanks, Seamus- if they are red and pink reading glasses, they are mine. oops! I can get them at the next meeting.

    January 16, 2013

    • Seamus

      Hi Caroline! If you need them before then I have no problem dropping them to you wherever you might want.

      January 16, 2013

    • Caroline C.

      thank you, but i've already bought a new pair for only 1.49. it doesn't hurt to have a spare. so the feb meeting would be fine, honest!

      January 16, 2013

  • John L.

    Pretty good meeting. It seemed to me that the books chosen had obtained a very mixed response from those who had read them - but I am a book club novice. It was great to meet 5 new people and have really good conversation with them, starting on the books but ranging quite far and wide.

    Looking forward to next time, and I hope to persuade my wife to come along.

    January 16, 2013

  • Nick

    Good conversation and some analysis of the books. look forward to the next one.
    Nick

    January 16, 2013

  • Ciara B.

    great meeting...even though I only got as far as page 120 in Bleak Hse .....I still got alot out of the meet up....met some lovely people and lookin for award to our next one!

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Noel C.

    Hi. Sorry..can't make tonights meeting. I've to work late.

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really sorry I can't make the book club tonight and I'm still only 1/3 of the way through Bleak House. I hope ye enjoy it and I look forward to hearing what the next book is. Mary.

    January 15, 2013

  • Noel C.

    Hi..I'm new too and haven't read anything..but I'll turn up and take my chances:)

    January 14, 2013

    • John L.

      Me too, I joined too late to do the books this time. Looking forward to listening, hope "somebody" has read them !!!

      January 14, 2013

    • John L.

      BTW I am reading Life of Pi at the moment, wonder if this is a suitable nomination .... will find out at the meeting .....

      January 14, 2013

  • Carol

    Hi I really want to come but I haven't had the time to read either book so I will be at the next one :)

    January 14, 2013

  • Netanya

    Hi guys!!

    I won't be able to attend this time because I have a course in the afternoon. Hopefully I will attend the next one. Thanks guys and have fun!!

    January 14, 2013

  • Ciara B.

    hi there....just wondering how I know who everyone is this Tues...I don't fancy wandering round pub asking if people are members of the book club! I tend to get myself into silly situations...LOL....my number is[masked] if anyone cud txt me on the nite that wud be great!

    January 13, 2013

    • Caroline C.

      Hi Ciara, not to worry, i attended my first meeting in nov and the pub staff had put up signs and were very helpful at directing me as well. we were a good-sized group and were given our own room upstairs. silly situations haha- just think of them as amusing stories in the making ;)

      January 14, 2013

  • David

    two of my favourite writers and my childhood bedroom used to look out upon Bleak House. But..., Tuesday is only day of week that I can never make it. Let me know if ever you have an alternative night, Thanks

    January 6, 2013

  • Kieran

    First time attending the Book club something I've been meaning to do for ages. Looking forward to attending.

    Thanks

    December 3, 2012

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