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June Book Club - Chicago and The Sense of an Ending
The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal; there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the books of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne. Look for the table with the pile of books on it, and that's us. "Chicago" by David Mamet From his perch at the Chicago Tribune, Mike Hodge—scarred veteran of the Great War—had gotten to know the underbelly of the metropolis like few others. Politicians, gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians and con artists— he’d observed them all. So perhaps he should have known better when he fell for Annie Walsh, whose family was deeply involved with the mob. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge. A big shouldered, big trouble thriller set in a mobbed up 1920s Windy City, Chicago is the first novel in more than two decades from David Mamet, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Wag the Dog; and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross. Across the canvas of a city, peopled exclusively by the corrupt, the cynical, and the deceived, Mamet crafts a wicked and tough saga of retribution and double-cross. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era (among them Al Capone), he explores--as no writer can—questions of honor, deceit, devotion and revenge. "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse. This intense novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about - until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he'd left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he'd understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.

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We meet monthly to discuss the book or books of the month. As the name suggests, the meetings will be around the Fitzroy - Collingwood area, somewhere we can enjoy a beer, wine or coffee too! No limits on genre, if the book is good we'll give it a go. We have a pretty good mix of people so usually lots of interesting discussion and opinions but nothing too serious. You can always get a few recommendations for a new book or two! A book club is a great way to meet new people if you are new in town, or looking to increase your social circle. It's low pressure - low risk environment and there's always your thoughts on the book to start the conversation flowing!

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