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New Meetup: September Main Meetup

From: Lesley M
Sent on: Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:29 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: September Main Meetup

When: September 1,[masked]:30 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

The nights are drawing in, Autumn is approaching fast, but fortunately we have two triumphant books to distract us from the inevitable. First up is:-

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Ali 2). The novel takes the form of seven letters from Bangalore businessman Balram Halwai to the Chinese premier who is scheduled to visit India. In these letters, he tells his rags-to-riches story, how he overcame the poverty of the poor village in the countryside to being a success in the New India. Part of his journey involved being a driver to a rich family in New Delhi, where he learned that success often involves corruption, cruelty, and a different set of rules than those that apply to the impoverished who work for them. Balram is convinced that the miracle economies of India and China mean the end of the era of the white men. At the same time, he exposes the seamier aspects that will leave many of their populace behind. Aravind Adiga's debut novel has received positive reviews with The Independent saying, "The truth, as it begins to emerge, is as shocking as it is fantastic. It's a rich subject, and Adiga mines all its darkly comic possibilities. Halwai's voice ? wised-up, mordant, sardonic, self-mocking and utterly without illusions ? is as compelling as it is persuasive, and one of the triumphs of the book."

Next on offer is:-

We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka (Sonya):- Georgie has been left by Rip, her posh husband; they share custody of awkward, apocalypse-obsessed teenager Ben. Lonely and miserable, she gets pulled into the orbit of the ancient Mrs Shapiro, the least hygienic character in fiction since Fungus the Bogeyman. Lewycka glories in descriptions of her hopelessly filthy house and unutterably repulsive meals and cats, which turn the centrepiece of the novel - a potentially valuable property - into a house of horrors.
After being named as Mrs Shapiro's next-of-kin when the old lady has an accident, Georgie finds herself the focus of attention from two evil estate agents called Diablo and Wolfe, as well as from Ali the angelic handyman, his family, and large numbers of people from the social services - all intent, it seems, on prising this tatty but prime slice of real estate out of an old woman's hands.

So, read 'em, love 'em or hate 'em, come along and speak your mind, be honest, be controversial, be engaged in the debate. See you there!

Happy reading smile


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