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The Hungry Hundred Book Club: "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

I know I told some of you that we would read "A Tale of Two Cities," but since we have a longer time between meetups with this one I wanted to make the most of it and so I chose the longer of the two.* I've never read anything by Charles Dickens besides the excerpts chosen from my 9th grade literature class, and I've probably gotten more out of Disney's telling of "A Christmas Carol" than I ever did in school, so it's about time I give him a shot. (*I was looking online at the number of pages when I was making this decision, and have since found out that A Tale of Two Cities is the longer book. Oops... that's what I get for trusting the internet instead of going out and finding out for myself! Let's stick with this one for now, once again it will give us time to do some of our own reading into other areas of interest.) Thanks to all of you who have been coming out to the meetings! I think we all gain so much more understanding of what we've read after hearing one another's thoughts. The discussions have been interesting, informative, fun and insightful, and I always gain so much from them. If you haven't been able to attend one of our meetings yet, I hope that can soon change. If you would like to attend, please read the book first (or the cliffnotes at the very least)! If you haven't read the book you are still welcome to attend, but keep in mind that the discussion will be focused on specific topics and questions that directly deal with the novel. Here's a review of "Great Expectations" (from http://www.allreaders...)
"In perhaps Dickens's greatest novel, an orphan named Pip grows up in harsh conditions, does a good turn for an escaped convict (as much out of fear as charity), then finds himself steadily climbing the socioeconomic ladder -- enjoying "great expectations" -- with the help of an unknown benefactor. He is summoned by a weird old lady named Miss Havisham who has left all the clocks in her mansion stopped at the time of her wedding, and the wedding breakfast moldering on the table, after being jilted by the groom. Pip falls in love with Miss Havisham's">Havisham's ward, Estella, who teases and torments him with Miss Havisham's">Havisham's approval. Off to London to become a gentleman, Pip learns what a true gentleman is and who his real friends are."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
Our meeting place this time will be at Shots cafe on Ann Siang Hill near Club Street. It was recommended to me by our friends at Books Actually (who gives our book club members a 20% discount on books selected for our book club discussions and a 10% discount on everything else, just tell them you're a part of the Hungry Hundred!). They have the typical coffee shop fare of hot drinks and desserts, as well as dinner food and sake (they're also hoping to add a selection of wine onto their menu soon).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The discussion was comfortable and prodigiously refreshing when we heard different viewpoints and shared similar moments. For a first-timer, it was fun.

    December 13, 2010

  • Christine

    Thanks, rachel, for organising! We had a gd discussion and spotted a v quiet coffee club just outside raffles place mrt that serves wine and food etc:)

    December 12, 2010

  • Christine

    I will be a bit late due to prior event, so sorry! Pls start first. Great Expectations is one of my all-time favourites - I'm looking forward to this

    December 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI Great Expectations is free for Kindles.

    November 9, 2010

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