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Discuss The Storyteller by Vargas Llosa
August 19th, 2018 Hi Book Lovers, Our next meeting is Sunday September 23rd. We’ve chosen to read The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa. a Peruvian who won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Storyteller was highly praised by critics included the renowned science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin. In her 1989 book review for the NYT she called it his most engaging and accessible novel. I agree; I’ve reread and enjoyed it several times. Helen Lane’s translation made me feel as if the book had been written in English rather than Spanish. The subject matter is the impact of globalization on a tribe of Amazonian Indians. The multiple narrators differ in their views about how best to protect the tribe as Western civilization encroaches on their way of life. The first narrator is a government employee who believes they should be “brought into the fold”. The second is an anthropologist whose experiences lead him to the opposite conclusion. He feels his only ethical choice is to go native, to serve as the tribe’s storyteller, the custodian of their culture whose role is to pass it to future generations. The chapters narrated in the third person describe the mysterious “Tasurinchi”. The author is purposefully unclear about who this is, leaving us a trail of clues to decipher. Hint: the name applies to more than one person, changing over time. Please come and join our discussion on Sunday September 23rd from 1-3 pm. We’ll meet at Tanuja’s house in New Providence. Thank you, Tanuja, for volunteering to host us again. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST SIGN UP ON MEETUP TO GET THE STREET ADDRESS. We do this to protect our hosts’ privacy. The street address will be sent only to those who RSVP with a valid e-mail. I will send out the address to our RSVP list on weekends at least 2x before the meeting. If you don’t see one of these by a couple of days before, write to me at [masked]. Hoping for some dry sunny days to enjoy. Suzanne, organizer

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    What we're about

    This group is for you if you like to read great books and discuss them with others. We are low-key and relaxed with typical meeting attendance still able to fit into people's homes. We are located in/around Summit and North Jersey. The main focus is literary fiction, but we're open to non-fiction as well. Some of our favorite authors include Haruki Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith - just to name a few. We have been reading a new book every 6-8 weeks during the year.

    We are a group of volunteers who share and/or rotate responsibilities for hosting, moderating, book choice and organizing. The organizer(s) sends out meeting notices, keeps us in touch and runs informal planning sessions after each meeting. During these we discuss when and where we meet next as well as what we'd like to read.

    The organizer(s) should bring a list of prospective books to choose from. Personally I am a voracious omnivorous reader. I am always on the hunt for books that are well-written, informative, and thought-provoking. I'm not an expert on this so I regularly scan book reviews and award lists across multiple genres, categories and countries. Just like you I enjoy entertaining "beach reads" and curling up with a book and blanket in cold weather. What we are look for here ideally is a little different: books that make for interesting discussion and books that take us into places we might not go on our own.

    New members who join in between meetings may not hear from us from a while. Depending on where we are in our calendar it could be as long as 6-8 weeks. It doesn't mean we are ignoring you... just that we are in planning mode. Notices of each meeting go out to everyone as soon as we agree on the book, date and who will be hosting. So far we've always met on Sunday's from 1-3 and that has worked out well. Once you RSVP you'll receive a confirmation by e-mail including the street address.

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