What we're about

A book club for lovers of the written word to come together over pots of afternoon tea (and coffee) for relaxed discussion, disection and deconstruction of their favourite readings. This group aims to help all of us get that much more out of each reading experience. Open to all humans over 18.

How does a book club work?

A book club generally takes the following format:

Members are all given a certain amount of time to read one chosen book - say, a month.
After that, we get together to discuss the book - for instance, its themes, characters, plot, style, etc. - and what we may have each gotten out of reading it. The process is to help develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the novel being discussed. Generally, these discussions are meant to be enjoyable and stimulating!
Rinse and repeat :)

We started in Kuala Lumpur: https://www.meetup.com/paperback/members/

How is the Paperback Book Club different from other book clubs?

We'd like our discussions to be relaxed and accessible to all - not necessarily only those with English Literature degrees! Understanding and appreciation of the written word should be for everyone.
We have (or plan to have) our meetings over lovely afternoon tea spreads. This way, we can combine two of life's fundamental pleasures - books and tea!

Upcoming events (3)

The true story of Ah Q by Lu Xun.

Makan Restaurant

From Amazon.com
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The story traces the "adventures" of Ah Q, a man from the rural peasant class with little education and no definite occupation. Ah Q is famous for "spiritual victories", Lu Xun's euphemism for self-talk and self-deception even when faced with extreme defeat or humiliation. Ah Q is a bully to the less fortunate but fearful of those who are above him in rank, strength, or power. He persuades himself mentally that he is spiritually "superior" to his oppressors even as he succumbs to their tyranny and suppression. Lu Xun exposes Ah Q's extreme faults as symptomatic of the Chinese national character of his time. The ending of the piece is equally poignant and satirical.
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https://www.amazon.com/true-story-Ah-Q-ebook/dp/B085KYNN4S/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=the+true+story+of+Ah+q&qid=1605091605&sr=8-4

bookstores :
Garden Books - 325 Changle Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu 长乐路325号, 近陕西南路
The Mix Place - 880 Hengshan Lu, near Tianping Lu 衡山路880号, 近天平路
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Stores - 390 Fuzhou Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu 福州路390号, 近山西南路
(Books are subject to availability and these stores are not guaranteed to stock the book we've chosen.)

The Good Earth (The Good Earth Trilogy Book 1) by Pearl S. Buck

Makan Restaurant

From Amazon.com
"
The timeless Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece following a humble farmer’s journey through 1920s China returns with this beautifully repackaged edition that celebrates its nearly ninety years as an American classic.

Travel to 1920s China, a time when the last emperor still ruled and the sweeping changes of the twentieth century were distant rumblings, with this timeless, evocative classic tale of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his family as they struggle to survive in the midst of vast political and social upheavals.

Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions, and rewards. “A comment upon the meaning and tragedy of life as it is lived in any age in any quarter of the globe” (The New York Times), this brilliant novel—beloved by millions—is a universal tale of an ordinary family caught in the tide of history.
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https://www.amazon.com/Good-Earth-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B008F4NRA8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1611643028&sr=1-1

bookstores :
Garden Books - 325 Changle Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu 长乐路325号, 近陕西南路
The Mix Place - 880 Hengshan Lu, near Tianping Lu 衡山路880号, 近天平路
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Stores - 390 Fuzhou Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu 福州路390号, 近山西南路
(Books are subject to availability and these stores are not guaranteed to stock the book we've chosen.)

The Daughter of Patience by Hussin Alkheder

Makan Restaurant

From Amazon.com
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It is January 2010, as two police officers emerge from their car and sprint into a building in an old Damascus neighborhood. They are joined moments later by Detective Mansuor Chait from the Criminal Security Administration and find the lifeless body of a mother of four daughters and a boy with a congenital bone disorder, inside one of the apartments. After Chait writes his report, he is handed an envelope stuffed with money. A month later, Mullah Abdullah Al-Allab, a religious man is arrested and held for interrogation in a horrifying prison without any idea of why he is there. As he teeters on the brink of madness, his best student Salah Almawazly, mysteriously disappears. Who is the only friend of Khaled, the boy with the congenital bone disorder. As their stories intertwine, only time will tell whether any will survive their challenging ordeals.
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https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Patience-Hussin-Alkheder-ebook/dp/B08L2CZQ2R/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2RID97ICW5SXS&dchild=1&keywords=the+daughter+of+patience+by+hussin+alkheder&qid=1605091867&sprefix=the+daughter+of+patience+by+%2Caps%2C-1&sr=8-1

bookstores :
Garden Books - 325 Changle Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu 长乐路325号, 近陕西南路
The Mix Place - 880 Hengshan Lu, near Tianping Lu 衡山路880号, 近天平路
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Stores - 390 Fuzhou Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu 福州路390号, 近山西南路
(Books are subject to availability and these stores are not guaranteed to stock the book we've chosen.)

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