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IBG Tuesday Meetup - The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Hi All,

It was a great last Tuesday meetup which was very ably hosted by the delightful Sheila. Thank you Sheila!!

Cannery Row was discussed. The main themes of were the pervasive lack of ambition, the drifters, suicide as a fact of life. Also dicussed was the influence of Steinbeck's dislike of the novel format. A suprising omission mentioned during the discussion was the lack of mention of the war.

The next book was then voted on:

Gone Girl by Jillian Flyn ( Gerard )  - 4 votes

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( Tony ) - 3 votes

The winner was:

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson ( Charlotte ) - 6 votes

Please see a synopsis below from Waterstones:

"What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything ...Combining Jon's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges"

Looking forward to reading this as it is a departure from the usual IBG reads.

See you then,

Hannah

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  • Hilary s.

    i really enjoyed the book.

    May 8, 2013

  • Hannah

    Look forward to meeting all you newcomers. I'm halfway through the book and i'm really enjoying it.

    May 3, 2013

  • Sandra V.

    This will be my first meeting, looking forward to it!

    April 26, 2013

  • ruth

    Hi, this will be my first time look forward to it :)

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time - looking forward to meeting you all! :)

    April 9, 2013

  • Helen O.

    This will be my first meeting.

    April 5, 2013

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