May 8, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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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!
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!).