Hope you are not getting too wet with the recent rain we have been having.
Below is a write up from the last Tuesday meetup we had. I was not able to attend that meetup, so the below was written by William.
We had a fine evening discussing Homo Faber, a classic of 20th century
European literature which is relatively unknown in the English speaking
world. Walter, the central character presents the tragedy of his life as series of chance encounters and coincidences, but we mused on his
responsibility for his own actions, implied in the title which suggests
that Man is the architect of his own fortune. We reflected on his faith
in technology as being the key to progress and civilisation, giving him a
myopic perspective on life devoid of interest in art, history and the awe
inspired by the nature. His meeting with his daughter shows him a way of
discovering his humanity and the ability to exercise his emotions and
imagination, albeit with destructive consequences. We spent longer than
average discussing the book and could easily have continued late into the
evening, such was the impression that it made. I'd highly recommend it to
We then picked the next book:
Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan, suggested by Sharona
It was chosen ahead of:
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis (suggested by Mark)
The Forgiven by Lawrence Osbourn (suggested by me)
Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a Web-design drone
and serendipity coupled with sheer curiosity has landed him a new job
working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. And it
doesn't take long for Clay to realize that the quiet, dusty book emporium
is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few
fanatically committed customers, but they never seem to actually buy
anything, instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes perched on
dangerously high shelves, all according to some elaborate arrangement with
the eccentric proprietor. The store must be a front for something larger,
Clay concludes, and soon he has plugged in his laptop, roped in his
friends (and a cute girl who works for Google) and embarked on a high-tech
analysis of the customers' behaviour. What they discover is an ancient
secret that can only be solved by modern means, and a global-conspiracy
guarded by Mr. Penumbra himself...who has mysteriously disappeared.
It sounds like a great read. I can't remember the last time I read a mystery / thriller like this one.
I hope to be able to make this meetup. If I can't then someone else will host it.
See you then,