January 2014 Contemporary Book Discussion

  • January 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Date: January 15, 2014
Meeting Location: Emeryville
Title: A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene
Genre: Fiction – Literary
Year of Publication: 1960
Approximate Page Count: 248 pages
Summary: This is the fascinating story of a star architect who has come to the end of his passion for architecture and seeks the simplest and most useful life possible. Querry, a famous architect who is fed up with his celebrity, no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper colony overseen by Catholic missionaries, he is diagnosed—by Dr. Colin, the resident doctor—as the mental equivalent of a 'burnt-out case': a leper who has gone through a stage of mutilation. However, as Querry loses himself in working for the lepers, his disease of mind slowly approaches a cure.
Suggested by: Ned



Jeri will present the author's biography and share facts of interest about the book.

One more volunteer is still needed to  lead the discussion with questions. If you are interested in any of the three volunteer roles, please contact the Organizer. 


LAST UPDATE: January 14, 2014

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  • Anthony

    14 attendees out of 18 RSVPs is a record for this club. For once, more than 2/3 of RSVPs actually show up. :-)

    January 16, 2014

  • patricia b.

    What is the next book, date and locations.
    Sorry I could not attend due to illness.

    January 16, 2014

  • Evelyn

    Always enlightening. People find so much more nuance than I see at first glance in a book.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Marty P.

    Loved the book. Always nice to discover a book you've never heard of before.

    2 · January 16, 2014

  • Charlie K.

    Excellent thoughtful discussion of a morally and philosophically complex, if artistically flawed, work.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Rita T.

    Do you still need someone to present information about book, author, etc?

    January 14, 2014

    • Anthony

      At this point, one more volunteer is still needed to lead the discussion with questions.

      January 14, 2014

  • Charlie K.

    It's not hard to find at all. There are dozens and dozens of copies available on abebooks.com.

    January 14, 2014

  • Pam N.

    It is hard to find but ultimately worth it. Very interesting book. I got it online for free, downloaded as a pdf that you can read on your computer or if you have an ebook reader, on that.

    January 14, 2014

  • Christina

    I looked everywhere for this week late last week and couldn't find it. Everyone is out of stock. I will have to miss unfortunately. Have a great time!

    January 13, 2014

  • Akeisha

    I may actually be able to make this one, yay!

    January 12, 2014

    • Akeisha

      Whoops, spoke too soon. Can't do Wednesday evenings. :) have fun guys

      January 12, 2014

  • Evelyn

    ANNOUNCEMENT about meeting room: For our next meeting I will not be able to stay till the very end due to babysitting arrangements. Thus, I will not provide beverage - since that involves clean up. Also the meeting room has been cold lately - even with the heater on. Please remember to bring your own drink and other things to make your-selves comfortable. Pardon any inconvenience.

    January 10, 2014

  • Regina Voorhies D.

    Haven't been able to get the book or even ebook through the library. So I decided to get a jump on next month's book.

    January 7, 2014

  • Anthony

    Ned, who had suggested the book, has notified me that he is not volunteering to do the author, book, or question roles and is instead opening them up for anyone else to do. As above, please contact me if you are interested in any or all of the three roles. :-)

    December 19, 2013

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