This group is for anyone who likes to read and who likes interesting conversations about books. It's okay to come and just to listen if you feel like you don't have anything to say about the book. This group is also for people who like to go out and socialize and meet new like minded people. The selected books will be in English, but if there is enough interest from Vietnamese or other non first language English speakers, we will try and select books that are also available in translation.
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND LOCATION - NEW LOCATION WILL BE POSTED SOON
We discussed The "Golden Compass" in February, the first book in His Dark Materials trilogy. For this next meeting we'll discuss the second and final books. This is an amazing and unique story incorporating elements of fantasy but also presenting interesting perspectives on religion, government and philosophy. It's a fun read with interesting and likable characters.
It was written in English but is also available in Vietnamese translation. The above picture is from Lazada. The ebooks can be purchased from Amazon in English.
His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (1995) (published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. The novels have won a number of awards, including the Carnegie Medal in 1995 for Northern Lights and the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year for The Amber Spyglass. In 2003, the trilogy was ranked third on the BBC’s The Big Read poll.
His Dark Materials has been marketed to young adults, though Pullman wrote with no target audience in mind. The fantasy elements include witches and armored polar bears; the trilogy also alludes to concepts from physics, philosophy, and theology. It functions in part as a retelling and inversion of John Milton's epic Paradise Lost, with Pullman commending humanity for what Milton saw as its most tragic failing, original sin. The series has attracted controversy for its criticism of religion.