After a fun Pride weekend, join us for a time of fellowship and discussion around a classic book by French author Jean Genet.
"Part-autobiography, part-fiction - ‘a Genet with a Genet stuffing, like the prunes of Tours’, as Sartre put it - The Thief’s Journal is an account of Genet’s impoverished travels across Europe in the 1930s.
"Encompassing vagrancy, petty theft, and prostitution, the book transforms such degradations into the gilded rites of an inverted moral code, with Genet its most devout adherent. Betrayal becomes worship; delinquency, heroism. The skeleton of the work is a series of gay encounters between the ‘hero’ and a succession of shady figures - the con artist, the pimp, the detective even - from the European demi-monde. Appropriating the language of the Church, Genet creates a homily to a trinity of his own making - homosexuality, theft and deception.
"First published in 1949, The Thief’s Journal is justly regarded as a masterpiece of existentialist prose, and is a milestone in the history of gay literature."
I don't think it will matter what translation you end up getting for this meetup, but Books, Inc will order it and have it available at the book club discount. If your French reading skills are up to par, then feel free to read it in the original language!
Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Refreshments will be available. (Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage. I will supply at least one bottle of wine. )
There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to attend. We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and meet some cool people.
Parking can be challenging, but there are a number of options. There are the obvious street meters which are free by this time. In addition to these there are two outdoor lots and a parking garage in the vicinity, all of which are also free by this time.
The Civic Center Parking Structure is next door to the Alameda Theatre and is located at 1416 Oak Street, between Central Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot A is accessible from Park Avenue between Central avenue ad Santa Clara Avenue. Lot B is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street.