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February Meeting - Life of Pi by Yann Martel; Venue: Kaslik (Lebanese)

  • Feb 20, 2013 · 7:30 PM

N.B. The £2 is a deposit, fully refunded on the day of the meeting; this group makes no profit!

Lovely to meet some new faces at the January meeting. The spread of marks for Death and the Penguin (Andrey Kurkov) seemed more a function of how strict we were as critics than vastly differing opinions on the merits of the book. I gave it one of the lowest marks but ended up most steadfast in its defence. Thank you for a lively discussion that had more longevity than I had predicted.

Nominations for the book for March included Tortilla Flat (John Steinbeck), Please Look After Mother (Kyung-Sook Shin) and, the winner by a cat's whisker, The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro).

Book club favourite Life of Pi will be our literary fodder for February, back in the limelight after the release of the film by the same name and it's subsequent string of Oscar nominations. Master story-teller Martell makes us believe the unbelievable. Like it (as most do) or loathe it, it always generates meaty discussion.

I thought we'd go Lebanese, so have booked Kaslik, which has good reviews and is reasonably priced.

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  • Gerard

    Good company ... not sure that Martell's themes deserve very close attention -

    February 21, 2013

  • Sal C

    Lovely people, really liked the venue, I agree we could have delved a little more deeply into the themes of the book.

    February 21, 2013

  • Marion

    I have given this five stars mainly because of the company and the venue. It would have been good to have delved deeper into the themes.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sal

    I'm sorry I am not going to make it. Please let someone on the wait list know - and accept my apologies.

    Fiona

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys if you don't have the book already, its available on the kindle for 20p!!

    January 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      couldn't make the last meetup due to work overrunning, should be a lot easier to make it to this one due to it starting at 7.30

      January 21, 2013

  • Sal C

    I've opened a waiting list up for both up-coming Meetups. It's a 'manual' waiting list, i.e. If a spot comes up all those on the list receive an email, the first to respond gets the spot. As they're tending to fill up very quickly I wondered what members feel about having a second meeting for 'Life of Pi', and possibly 'Remains of the Day'? They would also be on weekdays - 'Life of Pi' probably on 27 February (Wednesday), probably not the same venue to the first. Let me know your thoughts.

    January 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sal, thanks for the suggestion, I'd been keen on the 27th if there is enough interest. Anna

      January 20, 2013

  • Sal C

    This meeting is now open to RSVPs!

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sal

    looking forward to the Life of Pi, as reading it any way at present. Hope the event opens soon. Fiona

    December 29, 2012

    • Sal C

      Hi Fiona,
      I will be opening this Meetup to RSVPs soon. As you can see, I've changed the date.
      Kind regards, and Happy New Year!
      Sal.

      December 30, 2012

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