New Meetup: April Main Meetup

From: Lesley M
Sent on: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 10:14 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: April Main Meetup

When: April 7,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: By the time this meetup comes around, the clocks will have moved and hopefully the sun will be shining, so ever the optimist, it might mean that you can sit outside and enjoy spring reading the two nominations for the next meet, the winners are:

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie nominated by Janice:

Before Salman Rushdie had that problem with a certain religious-political figure with a serious need to chill out, he'd already shown he was an important literary force. Quite simply, Midnight's Children is amazing--fun, beautiful, erudite, both fairy tale and political narrative told through a supernatural narrator who is caught between different worlds. Though it's a big book, with big themes of India's nationhood and of ethnic and personal identity, it's far from a dry history lesson. Rushdie tells the story in his own brand of magical realism, with a prose of lyrical, transcendent goofiness.

and

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami nominated by Elizabeth

As with many of Haruki Murakami's novels, the plot curdles with complex diversity only to be resolved by a collision between wild fantasy and outright slapstick. A Wild Sheep Chase refers aptly to the tradition of cool but kitsch detective sagas. Except here, the metaphoric goose is now a literal sheep with a distinctive marking; an urban myth with the promise of immortality.
The anonymous narrator is a mild-mannered thirtysomething with a more than understanding attitude--things happen because they are supposed to and there's no sense standing in the way of progress or nature. It takes the disappearance of a friend and some gentle intimidation from a right wing conglomerate to break the pattern of apathy and send him off on his adventure.

Murakami's detail of the most mundane situations makes his lead character endearing. Those who've read Murakami before will recognise that certain empathy for the strange thoughts and rituals that are now hallmarks of his wry humour. Although an unlikely hero, the quest for a missing friend and the support of a lover with mysterious ears takes him off in search of the elusive sheep in a bizarre adventure--danger and absurdity hindering every movement.

Happy reading!

Lesley & Mhairi

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http://bookclub.meetup.com/634/calendar/9882329/

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