The Cambridge Book Club is based in Cambridge MA and is unique in alternating fiction and non-fiction reads. Reading selections are based on member suggestions and final member vote. We've been going strong for 6 years and we look forward to reading together and discussing the books we read in engaging ways! All readers, all ages are welcome!
As of May 2015 CBC has adopted the Literature and Libations (L&L) group / thread. Please read the discussion board to learn more about L&L and feel free to come to those meetings as well!
In his first attempt at the epic form, Ngũgĩ tells the story of the founding of the Gĩkũyũ people of Kenya, from a strongly feminist perspective. A verse narrative, blending folklore, mythology, adventure, and allegory, The Perfect Nine chronicles the efforts the Gĩkũyũ founders make to find partners for their ten beautiful daughters—called “The Perfect Nine” —and the challenges they set for the 99 suitors who seek their hands in marriage. The epic has all the elements of adventure, with suspense, danger, humor, and sacrifice.
Ngũgĩ’s epic is a quest for the beautiful as an ideal of living, as the motive force behind migrations of African peoples. He notes, “The epic came to me one night as a revelation of ideals of quest, courage, perseverance, unity, family; and the sense of the divine, in human struggles with nature and nurture.”
Discussion will be online. A meeting link will be sent to participants on the day of the event.