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"In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter.
In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, these artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation. But as the mystery at the core of this groundbreaking novel unfolds, it is the search itself—for meaning, for truth, for love—that offers hope for humanity's rebirth from the ashes."
Walter M Miller Jnr's masterpiece has been described as a novel which transcends genres. The novel is essentially three novellas set 600 years apart, and tells the story of the struggle to preserve knowledge and humanity in the wake of a global apocalypse. The references to a fallout shelter might seem cheesy in the description, but in fact the novel is wry, humorous and compassionate in equal measure. Don't presume that it will be 'churchy' or pontificating - you will quickly see that it's way too serious for that.
A highly regarded work of literature with an apocalyptic theme.
Depending on the pandemic, we may hold this event in person.
Welcome to BrainWreck Wednesday, when we put away our books and plug into something quicker to digest, but just as heavy!
So, our first event concerns three fascinating videos from the BBC, which are just over 30 minutes of viewing in total.
Do we have free will? These videos look at the concept from both a cosmic and behavioural level, and I think you'll be surprised at the opinions put forward :-D They are a mix of interviews and explanatory animations.
Also, these videos have captions in English.
Watch, join and discuss on the night!
The physics that suggests we have no free will
The strange idea that we are not in control of our minds
The surprisingly dark world of having free will
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
The novel follows an elderly Briton couple, Axl and Beatrice, living in a fictional post-Arthurian England in which no-one is able to retain long term memories. After dimly recalling that they might years earlier have had a son, the couple decide to travel to a neighbouring village to seek him out.
A bestselling work by the celebrated author Kazuo Ishiguro
Depending on the pandemic situation, we may hold this as a physical meetup event.