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March Discussion

A week earlier so it's not right before Easter. Books for discussion are:
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Jack Maggs is a variation on Great Expectations, in which Dickens's tale is told from the viewpoint of Australian convict Abel Magwitch. A foundling trained in the art of thievery, Jack Maggs was betrayed and deported to Australia for life. But now, having reversed his fortunes, he seeks to fulfill his innermost desire. Returning to London under threat of execution, he's quickly embroiled in various entanglements among a handful of characters — each with their own secrets. And as their various schemes converge, the captivating figure at the epicentre is Maggs himself, at once frightening, mystifying, and utterly compelling.

The Remains of the Day: The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.

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  • tricia

    found the 'boardroom' a bit formal and intimidating... but appreciate we were lucky to be able to occupy it.

    March 22, 2013

  • christiane g.

    I did not like Remains of the Day,the butler was so selk effacing,he disappeared!! regards Christiane.

    March 22, 2013

  • christiane g.

    sorry I missed the March meeting,ended up in hospital for a few day's! Loved jack maggs a bit out of the ordinary with quirky characters,a pleasure to read,regards Christiane.

    March 22, 2013

  • Alex K.

    Thanks guys for reminding me how much I love reading and your wonderful company.

    March 22, 2013

  • Gordon T.

    Sorry I couldn't find you guys, the hotel staff were confused at my presence and I must have looked so out of place searching around for an hour. What Remains of the Day was not a bad read.

    March 21, 2013

  • Laura M.

    I've had to change my RSVP to No. Sorry. My parents have been visiting from the UK and it's their last night in Wellington so we're going out to dinner. Hopefully I'll see you all in April.

    March 18, 2013

    • Alex K.

      Aah, that is lovely! Have a nice time :)

      March 21, 2013

  • Alex K.

    Found some good discussion questions for Jack Maggs
    http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides_j/jack_maggs1.asp

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to pull out last minute. Looking forward to hearing what books you pick for May. I LOVED Jack Maggs. Am going to be reading more of Peter Carey's work. See you next time. Nikki

    March 21, 2013

  • Pauline F.

    Hi there. Can't make it tonight unfortunately. Have a good discussion

    March 21, 2013

  • James S.

    Everything you need to know about the Remains of the Day - only watch if you've finished the book! http://youtu.be/KtDoD0EMcTY

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, just went back to Christchurch.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry can't make it.. next time!

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make this one - clashes with another group. Hoping to be there in April though.

    March 18, 2013

  • Janet M.

    Will try to attend.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all
    Plimmerton Rotary Club are holding their annual Book Fair on the 23 & 24 March 2013 Timings: Saturday 23rd, 9am - 4.30pm; Sunday 24th, 9am - 4.30pm Location: New Zealand Kennel Club Events Centre, 11 Prosser St, Porirua

    I have been the last few years and it has always been pretty good.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all. Am dropping the copy of Jack Maggs that I borrowed back to the Wgtn library today incase anyone was looking for it.
    I loved it!
    Nikki

    March 4, 2013

  • Jane P.

    Couldn't make it to the last one. Long story. Just got both books though, sure will put them on top of the list and turn up this time.

    February 25, 2013

  • Cathy

    An interview with Kazuo Ishiguro about The Remains of the Day here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/133_wbc_archive_new/page3.shtml

    February 9, 2013

    • Alex K.

      Pretty good, thanks.

      February 11, 2013

  • christiane g.

    only just received the books.Haven't been able to get February books yet.Just hoping I wii get them in time for february's meeting.Ursula Le Guin?and...Anyway they are reserved but I will come anyway.
    Christiane.

    February 10, 2013

    • Alex K.

      Would be nice to see you Christiane.

      February 11, 2013

  • christiane g.

    Both books sound great.Normaly I don't know what I;m looking for,I find things by accident.Just finished one called Stones from the River,turned out to be a gem by Ursula Heigi,about a dwarf or swerg.( not being politaly incorrect as set in 40-50's)and that is what she calls herself,see you soon,regards Christiane.

    February 4, 2013

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