This group is for any fluent level English speaker living in the Florence area who is interested in meeting for an informal and lively discussion about a book. We welcome long term residents of the Florence area as well as short terms visitors - anyone who loves to read and exchange ideas. We will be meeting monthly and look forward to regulars as well as anyone in town for just a month or two. We will be meeting after work in downtown Florence with the book and location posted on Meetup approximately one month prior. Please make sure to RSVP accordingly. We looking forward to seeing you!
Note on English language level: We welcome all nationalities but all books and discussions will be in fluent level English, not in Italian.
Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
From Library Journal
This extraordinary novel provides a close look into Cairo society at the end of World War I. Mahfouz's vehicle for this examination is the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad, a middle-class merchant who runs his family strictly according to the Qur'an and directs his own behavior according to his desires. Consequently, while his wife and two daughters remain cloistered at home, and his three sons live in fear of his harsh will, al-Sayyid Ahmad nightly explores the pleasures of Cairo. Written by the first Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize, Palace Walk begins Mahfouz's highly acclaimed "Cairo Trilogy," which follows Egypt's development from 1917 to nationalism and Nasser in the 1950s. This novel's enchanting style and sweeping social tapestry ensure a large audience, one that will eagerly await the English translation of the entire trilogy. A significant addition to any collection
October : My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
Ferrante’s freshness has nothing to do with fashion…it is imbued with the most haunting music of all, the echoes of literary history.”
—The New York Times Book Review
My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Quartet Book One
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow and their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiment of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the their relationship.