May Book Discussion

A post colonial theme this month. Troubles by J.G. Farrell and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Troubles concerns the dilapidation of a once grand Irish hotel (the Majestic), in the midst of the political upheaval during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921).
Things Fall Apart depicts the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umuofia—one of a fictional group of nine villages in Nigeria, inhabited by the Igbo people. It focuses on his family and personal history, the customs and society of the Igbo, and the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the Igbo community during the late nineteenth century.

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  • tricia

    Hi sorry couldn't attend. Did plough through 'The Troubles' but found the old fashioned style a bit weighty, and the story quite strange, especially the women in his life who seemed thin, unlikely characters.

    May 24, 2013

  • leonie

    Sorry - stuck at home. Loved Troubles (in bk form)

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I now have something at work that is supposed to last until 6:30pm. If I can get out early, I will come to the discussion.

    May 23, 2013

  • Trevor

    Sorry, have a more urgent matter to deal with :(

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have not had a chance to read the books yet. Definitely will read books for June book club. Enjoy discussion.

    May 20, 2013

  • Alex K.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • leonie

    most probably will not get to things fall apart but enjoying troubles

    May 6, 2013

  • Trevor

    Ngugi Thiong'o is well worth a read too, especially since one of his books addresses the existence of a Tanzanian faust :)

    Chinua Achebe has long been a favourite.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chinua Achebe died today, so there are many articles being published about his work. This one includes an interview with him in 2000 where he talks about Things Fall Apart and some of his other novels. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/03/chinua-achebes-legacy-in-his-own-words/274297/

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • christiane g.

    Hi is there no April meeting?

    March 22, 2013

  • Pauline F.

    looking forward to it

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May 23rd sounds good to me - we can do that one!

    March 21, 2013

  • Cathy

    This is the fourth Thurs which should suit Peter & Sue? Let me know if I need to change it as 30 May is also available.

    March 21, 2013

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