The Speckled Band Book Club Meetup

  • May 8, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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 Hi everyone,

The May book will be Muriel Spark's 'Memento Mori'. Many thanks to all who attended the last meeting in April, below are the notes from that discussion. A big thank you to Adrian for hosting!

Best wishes,


Thanks everyone for making this a lively meeting, and welcome newcomer Trisha.
Our book for next meeting (Thursday 8 May) is 'Memento Mori' by Muriel Spark – chosen from a list proposed by Sue on a theme of 6 stages of life (this book concerns old age).
This month’s book: 'A Tale for the Time Being' by Ruth Ozeki
It ‘builds’ quickly (after an unpromising beginning about silly teenagers). Most of us finished the book and agreed it is worth completing. The characters are well-drawn and distinct, particularly central character Nao. (The author appears as a character in the book, Ruth).

A variety of themes: Zen Buddhism, causality, kamikaze, family troubles in contemporary Japanese culture, living on an island off the west coast of Canada, and plastic garbage in the ocean gyre.
However we considered introducing quantum mechanics toward the end was superfluous and hackneyed, leaving some loose ends (Zen!).


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  • Adrian

    Good to hear everyone's thoughts on the book, helpful to put into perspective, thank you. Do much look forward to our meetings.

    1 · May 8

  • Selene P.

    Feeling poorly so won't be along tonight :(

    May 8

  • Ruth D.

    I haven't got it yet Adrian so it would be good to have a fee copy on loan. Where do you live? I could come and pick it up. Cheers Ruth

    April 19

  • Adrian

    Nearly finished 'Memento Mori'.
    Would anyone like to borrow it?

    April 18

  • Linda B.

    Hi Sorry I couldn't be at last meeting. What's the Book for May please.

    April 13

  • ValerieJayne

    Hi Dianne,
    I'll post another meetup regarding the splinter group soon. In the meantime, it's great you're interested. You can always email with suggestions....?

    April 12

  • Dianne

    I am sorry I was not able to make April's meetup. What is the book I should be reading for May's meetup ? Also I wanted to make it to the splinter group but I was unable to get a copy of script in time! Would be interested to know how it went and whether another one is planned.

    April 12

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