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The Denver Book Club July Meetup

Our July fiction book selection is Life of Pi, by Yann Mertel. As with all of our book selections, you can find the selection at most libraries and used book stores. Of course, the author naturally will thank you for buying the book new. For more information, click here: Life of Pi, by Yann Mertel.

As ever, you do not need to read all or any of the book to participate in our lively discussion.

Adapted from Publisher's Weekly: A fabulous romp through an imagination by turns ecstatic, cunning, despairing and resilient, this novel is an impressive achievement. The peripatetic Pi Patel spends a beguiling boyhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper. Growing up beside the wild beasts, Pi gathers an encyclopedic knowledge of the animal world. His curious mind also makes the leap from his native Hinduism to Christianity and Islam, all three of which he practices with joyous abandon. In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive. Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master.

Please vote on our August and September selections though the "Polls" function on the website. And please nominate books for future club selections by using our mailing list or by contacting Cindy directly. OUR REGULAR MEETUP LOCATION:
The Denver Press Club has offered us the free use of their historic facility in downtown Denver for our meetups. By group decision, we meet the FOURTH THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH. As our Thanks, please patronize the establishment. The Press Club restaurant and bar opens at 5 PM, in case you wish to come early for dinner and possibly meet fellow readers or some of Denver's top journalists. We start our meeting at 7 PM. We're usually done by 8:30.

The oldest continuously operating press club in North America, the Denver Press Club is at 1330 Glenarm Place (across from the Denver Athletic Club). Parking: There are a few spaces behind the building in the alley and a few more angle-in spaces on the north side of the building between the Press Club and the Colorado Press Association (free after 5 PM). If these are full, there are on-street parking meters and parking lots on each corner of the block (avoid the monthly parking spaces directly south of the building, however). The parking lot on the south corner is less expensive than the parking lot on the north corner.

SEE YOU on Thursday, July 23!

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  • Marilyn K.

    This was a great book to read and to discuss.

    July 24, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I sincerely enjoyed the discussion and debate regarding this book. So many people brought up ideas that really made me think. It's great to hear everyone's opinions on all the different metaphors of the book. So many of them hadn't even occurred to me and it made me see the book in a different light.

    July 24, 2009

  • Walt K.

    This was a meeting like every other meeting. Controversial, thought provoking, full of conflicting ideas and new ways to understand the book under scrutiny. All discussion of religion, life, and psychology strictly pertained to the book.

    July 24, 2009

  • Erin M I

    Could we try to start talking about the book earlier in the meeting? It's too bad when the conversation is cut short because of time.

    July 24, 2009

  • Kathy C.

    I loved the group. Everyone was respectful when expressing their opinions and thoughts. I learned many new ideas regarding our book we read. I am looking forward to the next group. Judah did a great job as moderator and directing the discussion.

    July 24, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It seemed like most people had spent too much time "studying literature" and were determined to find metaphors under every rock.

    July 23, 2009

  • Frank G.

    very intelliegnt people

    July 23, 2009

  • Christopher

    Definitely a lot of people, but the discussion flowed well. Many other official matters complicated the discussion of the book somewhat, but a good experience overall.

    July 23, 2009

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