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November bookclub - Loving Sabotage by Amelie Nothomb

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November's book is ‘Loving Sabotage’ by Amelie Nothomb, nominated by Karen, who will be chairing the discussion. Thanks to Emma for chairing October's discussion of 'Fatherland'.

• 'I lived everything during these three years: heroism, glory, treachery, love, indifference, suffering, humiliation. It was China, I was seven years old.'•

So announces the narrator of Loving Sabotage, Amelie Nothomb's critically acclaimed novel about a young girl already stripped of illusions. The daughter of diplomats posted to Peking in the mid-seventies, our unnamed narrator charges about her tightly enclosed world on her 'horse' (bicycle) with the dictatorial clarity and loneliness of a warrior-philosopher. 'From puberty onwards', she announces at one point, 'life is just an epilogue'. There, on the asphalt-playground-battlefield, she discovers her first love: six-year-old Elena, her very own coldly indifferent 'Helen of Troy'. But she also learns life's hardest rule: that if she wants to be loved, she must be cruel in return. Poignant, provocative - and often hilarious - Loving Sabotage chronicles one girl's precocious understanding of the struggles and pains of adult life.
As always, we’ll meet from 7:30 onwards and then move upstairs to start the discussion at 8pm.
Alternatively, send your nominations to the Mailing List : with a brief overview and why you think it
would make a good book for us to discuss.
When you nominate the book you will then be invited to chair the meeting (very
informal) .... or provide some questions that we can use to get the discussion


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