|Sent on:||Monday, January 14, 2013 11:20 AM|
Happy New Year to you all - bringing health, wealth, happiness and of course some good reads.
Last week we met for the first time in 2013, to discuss Andrei Makine's Dreams of my Russian Summers (Testament Francais, in French). Despite several requests to update your status if you're not coming, we still had a large number of no-shows. Finding a venue that can accommodate a large number of people (and doesn't have loud music/football/cover charge) is problematic, and when numbers are wildly different from the number of sign ups, it often means we have wasted our time trying to find somewhere big enough. Please, take 1 minute to update your status if you can't make it. From now on, the Group Organisers will be keeping a note of no-shows, so repeat offenders, beware!
As it's a very fluid group, we'd like to remind you of some basic 'rules' of the group:
- you're welcome to attend if English isn't your first language - all discussions will be in English, but there are normally several people for whom English isn't their mother tongue.
- if you haven't finished the book you can still come along and participate (although beware of plot spoilers)
- as above, please amend your status if you can no longer attend, no matter how late
- please come along with a recommendation (or many) for the group
February's book is Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, and the meeting will take place on the 12/2, venue tbc. For March, we welcome your suggestions on the theme of French classics. Please email the organisers with your suggestions before 20th January; we'll post a poll on the site from 21st-28th January for you to vote on your preferred option.
On the subject of French classics, f you're looking for a stimulating night out, the Theatre de Belleville in the 11th is currently hosting Un Fil a la Patte, by Feydeau. One of his masterpieces, it's a bedroom farce famous for its word-play. You can find out more at: http://www.theatredebelleville.com/component/k2/item/9-un-fil-à-la-patte
For those interested by the books discussed in January, please find a list below.
Catherine, Ganit & Kathleen
The Fly Truffler - Gustaf Sobin
La Couleur des Sentiments/ The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
On acheve bien les Ecoliers - Peter Gumbel
Dessine moi un Parisien - Olivier Magny
Watching theEnglish - Kate Fox
The Outcasts - Sadie Jones
Joseph Anton - Salman Rushdie
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Camilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Tales from the Town of Widows - James Canon
L'art de la joie - Goliarda Sapienza
Les Ventres de Paris - Emile Zola
A la recherche de temps perdu - Proust