We are Oslo Book Club - a book discussion club that was born on Meetup in the dark depths of winter 2012. By then, we have grown quite a bit: Nowadays we meet twice a month to share our love for reading and to discuss books and short stories in a friendly and inspiring environment. It is a wonderful way to discover great books and to meet new and like-minded people. Also, Litteraturhuset is just a cool place to hang out at. ;-)
We have a monthly poll to select our reads for the next month and this poll is made up of suggestions from our members. So whether it's a classic you've always wanted to read, a book you love or something that caught your eye in the bookstore, it's up to you. Discussions will start on the book we have read that month but often spread to other cultural topics such as films, plays and music as well.
So please come along and join us for a beer/coffee/glass of wine and open your mind to some books you probably wouldn't have dreamed of reading!
Here is what we are reading in the near future:
April short story: "The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love" by Yukio Mishima,
April book: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead.
PLEASE NOTE: We have changed the venue for this meetup. We will now be meeting at Isabella, the former Café Løkka, at Grünerløkka. Welcome! :-)
This month we are reading a book that won a couple of prestigious prizes including the Pulitzer Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected by Barrack Obama for his summer reading list and by Oprah for her book club (meh... our club is better though!).
"The Underground Railroad" is a fascinating, yet harrowing, story of slavery in the United states where we follow Cora and Caesar on their way to freedom. In it, the loose network of locations for smuggling slaves away from the plantations is imagined like a literal underground railroad - complete with a subway train going between cities. However, this might (unfortunately) be the only unrealistic detail of the book. The rest of it, the depiction of violence, oppression and neglect are as close to the historical facts as possible.
But.. as the weather is getting sunnier, it should be OK to read a dark book. "Brave New World" was a success after all!
some facts about the real world Underground Railroad:
Fun fact: the novel might be made into a mini series by Barry Jenkins, the director behind the Oscar-winning movie "Moonlight".