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IBG Tuesday Meetup - Stoner, by John Williams

A great time was had by all in our discussion of Bliss, by Peter Carey. Highlights of the evening include:
'Dysfunctional, the whole lot of them' - Janet
'Hell is a matter of perception' - Lydia
'Other than the fact she'd blow her brother for drugs, I thought she was quite the likable character' - Sheila
'It's all just such a CLICHÉ' - Mark
'It was like a bad Gabriel Garcia Marquez' - Marina

As you can tell, everyone loved it!

We then all put forth our nominations for next month: Sheila nominated 'Introduction to Stoner' by John McGahern, William nominated 'Stoner' by John Williams, Mark (being obsessed with fame) nominated Bling Ring, and Janet and I jumped in with A Long Long Way and A Tale for the Time Being. Needless to say, Stoner + Introduction won!

Here's what the book is about:

"William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.

Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured."

Hailed as 'the greatest classic you've never read,' ('a bit of a Schrodinger's Cat, isn't that?' - Sheila), this book should lead to a great discussion.

Note: Speaking of, Sheila is particular keen on the Introduction to the book, so do give it a whirl if you are so inclined.

Second Note: We currently have our location listed as Four Sisters but it may change to The Canonbury. We'll update you if it changes, but plan for this for now!

Cheers, and see you all soon!

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  • Hannah

    Thank you all that came along last night. Was a great discussion and a really fun night. Apologies again for the sauna like conditions of the venue :-)

    October 9, 2013

  • Eleanor M.

    Sorry I couldn't make it, but I didn't have time to read the book. I'll try to make it to the next one.

    October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A lively discussion (hot, but not heated) with some clever, interesting folks. Enjoyed my first one - will be back!

    October 8, 2013

  • Ozlen

    Sorry I couldn't make it. Moving into a new flat which has had some issues. But I LOVED Stoner.

    October 8, 2013

  • Fray

    Unfortunately away with work.

    October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there was a regular evening Mondays or Fridays would be great for me. On the other hand if the evenings vary then it might be a way of ensuring that as many as possible can get to a meeting from time to time.

    September 26, 2013

  • susanna

    Hello there, I am new, just wondering whether the Islington club meets every Tuesday

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - can't do Tuesdays!

    September 25, 2013

  • Morgan

    Hi, this will be my first time with this book club! I am new to Islington (And London), love reading and finding great reads suggested by others!

    2 · September 18, 2013

  • Fray

    My first book club, v excited!

    2 · September 15, 2013

  • Sharona S

    I wish I could go, but I'll be in South Africa that week! Can't wait to hear all about it!

    September 12, 2013

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