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Non-fiction discussion book club for people who like to have deep and sophisticated moderated conversations about arts & sciences after reading the best world non-fiction literature. Join us for thought provoking Socratic discussion after completion of the relevant book.
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Upcoming events (4+)

"Capital: a portrait of 21st century Delhi" by Rana Dasgupta (online)

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Winner of the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for literary reportage and the Prix Emile Guimet de Litterature Asiatique , Finalist for the Orwell Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger

You may have heard rumors of great changes in Asia. In Capital, a novelist takes you on an intimate tour of an erupting Asian megalopolis: Delhi, capital of India. Speaking to billionaires and slum dwellers, drug dealers and bureaucrats, psychoanalysts and metal traders, he paints a dazzling portrait of a city in a moment of stupefying change.
Enormous fortunes have been made; a city has been ripped down and rebuilt. Capital shows us how this upheaval affects the private thoughts and dreams of Delhi's sixteen million residents. Through Dasgupta's acute historical and social analysis, we also understand how things came to be as they are-and how, in these days of Asia's rise, they could come to affect the lives of everyone else, all over the world.

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"Modern man in search of a soul" by C.G. Jung (online)

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Many avid readers are familiar with the bestseller "Man's Search for Meaning' by Victor Frankl. Another famous psychologist, C.G. Jung, had equally interesting ideas on the topic presented in this slim book...

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A provocative and enlightening look at spiritual unease and its contribution to the void of modern civilization--one of the most influential books in the field of psychology.

"Modern Man in Search of a Soul" is a light but comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion. Additionally, Jung looks at the differences between his theories and those of Sigmund Freud, providing a valuable basis for anyone interested in the fundamentals of psychoanalysis...

Let's revisit the classic and see how its ideas hold up in the 21st century...

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"Modern man in search of a soul" by C.G. Jung

Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library

Many avid readers are familiar with the bestseller "Man's Search for Meaning' by Victor Frankl. Another famous psychologist, C.G. Jung, had equally interesting ideas on the topic presented in this slim book...

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A provocative and enlightening look at spiritual unease and its contribution to the void of modern civilization--one of the most influential books in the field of psychology.

"Modern Man in Search of a Soul" is a light but comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion. Additionally, Jung looks at the differences between his theories and those of Sigmund Freud, providing a valuable basis for anyone interested in the fundamentals of psychoanalysis...

Let's revisit the classic and see how its ideas hold up in the 21st century...

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"The Lion House: The Coming of a King" by Christopher de Bellaigue (online)

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Historical non-fiction written like a novel

"Christopher de Bellaigue has a magic talent for writing history. It is as if we are there as the era of Suleyman the Magnificent unfolds." ―Orhan Pamuk, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Narrated through the eyes of the intimates of Suleyman the Magnificent, the sixteenth-century sultan of the Ottoman Empire, The Lion House animates with stunning immediacy the fears and stratagems of those brought into orbit around him: the Greek slave who becomes his Grand Vizier, the Venetian jewel dealer who acts as his go-between, the Russian consort who becomes his most beloved wife.

Within a decade and a half, Suleyman held dominion over twenty-five million souls, from Baghdad to the walls of Vienna, and with the help of his brilliant pirate commander Barbarossa placed more Christians than ever before or since under Muslim rule. And yet the real drama takes place in close-up: in small rooms and whispered conversations, behind the curtain of power, where the sultan sleeps head to toe with his best friend and eats from wooden spoons with his baby boy.

In The Lion House, Christopher de Bellaigue tells not just the story of rival superpowers in an existential duel, nor of one of the most consequential lives in human history, but of what it means to live in a time when a few men get to decide the fate of the world.

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Past events (37)

Best books of 2022 discussion

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