July meetup to discuss Three Dollars, by Elliot Perlman

  • July 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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An Australian author writing about some very topical themes... Readings.com.au say:

"At once humorous and dramatic, Three Dollars is about Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself, at the age of 38, with a wife, a child and three dollars. How did he get that way? And who is Amanda? He cared about people; he was, Amanda notwithstanding, a good husband, father and son. At any other time the world would have smiled on him. But this was the nineties and the world valued other things. Three Dollars chronicles the present breach of the social contract and its effect on a home near you. It is a brilliantly deft portrait of a man attempting to retain his humanity, his family and his sense of humour in grim and pitiless times: times of downsizing, outsourcing and privatising. It is about the legacy of Thatcherism and its effects on people and their relationships."

If you get through the book and are interested, there's a film version starring David Wenham and Frances O'Connor. Honourable voting mentions to Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, and Vikram Seth's An Equal Music.

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  • Julia

    Hi Megan, sorry I won't be a able to make it tonight - I've got to do a couple of things for my trip and get my apartment ready in hopes of sub-letting it while I'm away, but hope you all have fun! See you soon.

    July 10

    • Megan

      Hi Megan. I have a late ring in, is that ok? Looks like couple spare seats

      July 10

    • Megan

      Should be fine, thanks for the heads-up :-)

      July 10

  • jaci

    As its NAiDoc week I forgot I'm at the Melbourne museum to attend new art exhibition. Sad but evocative book - I read every word. If I get away I ll drop I later cheers jt

    1 · July 9

    • Megan

      See you if you make it; thanks for letting us know! :-)

      July 10

  • John F.

    Sadly folks, I'll have to miss tonight. I really enjoyed the book, especially once the workplace manipulations came to the fore. Have a great night!

    July 10

    • Megan

      No problem, thanks for the update! :-)

      July 10

  • Julie D.

    Hi Megan
    I won't be able to get their until about 8:15pm. Is that ok?

    July 9

    • Megan

      Hi Julie, that's fine - We'll all order and eat, but you're welcome to join us! I'm sure you'll be able to order something when you do arrive if you haven't already eaten :-) Thanks for letting me know.

      July 9

  • Megan

    I've been hearing about The Last Jar, looking forward to both talking about the book and visiting the venue

    July 4

  • Megan

    Thought we could try something new for July... A proper Irish pub (as opposed to Pugg Mahones kitsch). I've heard good things about The Last Jar; it's highly rated on Urban Spoon and had a really good review in The Age earlier this week... But despite driving past constantly I've never been in. I'm not sure what the Thursday night vibe will be like... hopefully everyone can be patient and give it a go! http://www.thelastjar.com.au/ As always, we're a big group for July so please update your RSVP if you can't make it on the night!

    July 4

  • Colin R.

    Can't make it now. Another coaching committment. Bugger. I wanted to talk about this book.

    June 6

  • Bec

    For anyone who may be interested in some background on the fantastic Elliot Perlman and the themes that run through his work:

    June 2

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