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Announcing a new Meetup for Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club - 24/Oct Meeting

From: Nerida
Sent on: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:54 PM
Hello Readers,

Well after a lovely sunny day on Sunday this week has turned awfully cold. Thanks to everyone that came along on Saturday afternoon for our post poned September meeting.

?A Confederacy of Dunces? was well received and the protagonist Ignatius raised lots of discussion about friends we may know who also think they are cleverer than they really are and the role of parents and teachers in providing constructive criticism. We even managed to drag Australian Idol into the conversation.

The views on the ?The Unbearable Lightness of Being? were a bit more divided. Some noted the book was quite hard to get into, while others found the book explored really well some valuable philosophical views, including the realization that, with no hope of knowing the right path from the wrong, there can be no wrong path, yet we find it unbearable that we can never go back and rectify our mistakes. The enthusiasm of the supporter?s has inspired me to go back and try to finish this book!

Our next meeting will be 2pm on Saturday October 24th and we have chosen two books again, Both are quite think but are recommended as easy reads given we have a short window to the next meeting. If you have time, please read both. Otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in.

?Mao's Last Dancer? written by Li Cunxin
?The Time Traveler?s Wife? written by Audrey Niffenegger

?Mao's Last Dancer? - In 1961, three years of Mao's Great Leap Forward--along with three years of poor harvests--had left rural China suffering terribly from disease and deprivation. Li Cunxin, his parents' sixth son, lived in a small house with twenty of his relatives and, along with the rest of his family, subsisted for years on the verge of starvation. But when he was eleven years old, Madame Mao decided to revive the Peking Dance Academy, and sent her men into the countryside searching for children to attend.

Chosen on the basis of his physique alone, Li Cunxin was taken from his family and sent to the city for rigorous training. What follows is the story of how a small, terrified, lonely boy became one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. One part Falling Leaves, one part Billy Eliot, Mao's Last Dancer is an unforgettable memoir of hope and courage.

We will try to organise a sneaky movie catch up closer to the 24th to watch Mao?s Last Dancer at the cinema, assuming it is still running (probably Friday the 23rd). So if you are interested in the movie too, maybe start with this book because we all know the movie is never as good as the book! I will update the calendar next week.

?The Time Traveler?s Wife? - published in 2003, is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. The novel, which has been classified as both science fiction and romance, examines issues of love, loss, and free will. In particular, it uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships. It also investigates deeper existential questions.

What: October Meeting

When: October 24,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Grumpy's Green
125 Smith Street
Fitzroy
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Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Around-Fitzroy-Collingwood-Book-Club/calendar/11561101/

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