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New poll open! What will the TPBCMG read in October?

From: Mark
Sent on: Sunday, August 11, 2013 7:36 PM

Hello, Bookpeople!

A poll for our October (Silver Spring) selection is up here.  Please vote between now and Saturday, August 31, 2013. The choices are:

  • The Moviegoer, the debut novel by,Walker Percy, published in 1961. It won a National Book Award in 1962.  Time magazine included the novel in its "Time 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005."  In 1998, the Modern Library ranked it 60th on its list of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th century.
  • On the Beach, a post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute.  Published in 1957, the story is set primarily in and around Melbourne, Australia, in 1963.  World War III has devastated most of the populated world, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing all human and animal life in the northern hemisphere. (It was made into a movie.)
  • All the Names by Jose Saramago (1998 Nobel prize winner), originally published in Portuguese 1997. The setting of the novel is the Central Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths of some unnamed city. This archive holds the records for  residents of the city stretching into the past. The protagonist has worked as a clerk in the Registry for many years. His residence,  adjoins the building and contains an entrance into it. Lost in the tedium of his job, he starts to collect information about various people and decides, to use the entrance to sneak in and steal their record cards. On one  venture he grabs the record card of an "unknown woman" by mistake and quickly becomes obsessed with finding her.

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