What we're about

Reading the greats found in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, and meeting interesting people while at it.

The list can be found here: https://1001bookreviews.com/the-1001-book-list/

This group usually - but not always - meets on the second Sunday of the month over a drink, tea/coffee, or a nosh. This is a mixed age/gender group; people from all backgrounds are welcome to participate in the book discussions. Books are chosen from the 1001 books list with an effort towards a diverse selection (such as: men/women authors, different geographical regions, majority/minority perspectives, variety of styles, etc). In order to be chosen, the book has to have appeared in at least one edition of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Of course, there are many other great books, but the topic of this particular book club is the 1001 books list (or 1305, to be exact, since the list varies somewhat between the editions).

Coming to a discussion group assumes you've read the book chosen for the month, or don't mind the spoilers. Repeated no-shows will be removed from the group, sorry! Please update your RSVP prior to the meetup if you are not planning to come.

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The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Dispossessed is at once one of the greatest of SF novels about political ideas and idealism, and a stunning novel of character. The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist and a loyal citizen of a poor anarchist world, Anarres, in which frills like research are hard to afford. Shevek travels to the neighboring world of Urras to find that unbridled capitalism is not much fun either.

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

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The story of 'A Tale of Two Cities' is set in the late 18th Century in London and Paris, before and during the French Revolution. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There, two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a 13-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor's beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover's charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna's willful twin sister, Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

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The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

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White Noise - Don DeLillo

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