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New Meetup: Spring into September Meeting!

From: Nerida
Sent on: Monday, August 24, 2009 7:50 PM
Hello Readers,
Quite a few new people braved the windy conditions to join the bookclub for a great discussion on Saturday. Thanks to everyone for coming along, I have summarised the main points below which is hopefully a fair reflection!

?A Thousand Splendid Suns? written by Khaled Hosseini provided a very interesting back drop to the Afghanistan elections and created discussion on a range of current political and religious issues. It was great to have two readers with personal experiences of Iraq provide their first hand insight of the country. Most agreed the plot of the book was well structured in providing a contrasting and moving picture of life in Iraq, and the turbulence and violence arising with the political changes. Yet there was some disappointment about the depth of the book. ?Still good, but it could have been better?. Perhaps it was the comparisons with the Book Thief from last month which was so fresh and engaging!

?Love in the Time of Cholera? written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a much more descriptive and detailed style of writing and was also well received, but raised very contrasting views. Some readers felt a sense of kinship with the main protagonists and others found them self indulgent and boring. Lots of discussion followed about the ideals of romantic love, what makes a long lasting relationship, and that ever troubling question is there only one true love for each of us?

Our next meeting will be on Saturday September 26th 2pm and we have chosen two books again. If you have time, please read both. Otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in!

?A Confederacy of Dunces? written by John Kennedy Toole
?The Unbearable Lightness of Being? written by Milan Kundera

?A Confederacy of Dunces? written by John Kennedy Toole
At the center of A Confederacy of Dunces is that contemptuous hypochondriac, that deadbeat ideologue, that gluttonous moocher Ignatius Reilly. A mountainous college graduate living off his mother's welfare check in her home on one of New Orleans seedy back streets. He spends most of his time waxing melodramatically philosophic, hiding out in the squalor of his bedroom, filling Big Chief writing tablets with his unique brand of Luddite/medievalist/anti-Enlightenment thought and penning incendiary letters to his sex-crazed ex-college-girlfriend Myrna Minkoff. His beleaguered mother by turns dotes and turns on him in their schizophrenic dance between adult child and aging parent.

John Kennedy Toole won the Pulitzer Prize posthumously. John Kennedy Toole didn't live to see this now-classic novel published. He committed suicide in 1969 at the age of thirty-two. It was his mother who was responsible for bringing his book to public light. (Available from Penguin Classics @ $9.95).

?The Unbearable Lightness of Being? written by Milan Kundera
A modern literary classic first published in 1984, Milan Kundera?s The Unbearable Lightness of Being follows the lives of four people living in 1960?s Prague during Russian's invasion of Czechoslovakia. Considered by many to be Kundera's">Kundera's finest novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being deals with the struggle of the four main characters as they deal with the "lightness" and "heaviness" of their emotions and the consequences of their actions. The novel was banned in Czechoslovakia until 1989.

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