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Book Club Discussion: The Golden Ass by Apuleius

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What we're about

This book club was founded in July 2014 to fill two niches - 1) to have a book club focused on classics and 2) to provide a close-knit network of people in the 'under served' Victoria age bracket between younger university students and retirees. So far, we've achieved both aims with great success and we'd love to meet more people in the area for great discussions and group activities.

I've ran a book club for a number of years, both in Victoria and Toronto and I think that has helped me learn a few things about what makes a book club great. The first is a great book selection where every member gets to read something they want... and something they haven't read yet. The second is great people from diverse backgrounds, but within a close age range. The third is, we actually discuss the book! There are plenty of book clubs which meet just to drink and gossip, but this is not one of those clubs. We have a great time and usually drink/have appies, but we talk for most of the fully allotted time on the novel, corresponding novels and authors, history, world events, etc.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held once a month on a weekday from 7pm to 9-10pm. All meetings are held at member's residences in the downtown Victoria area or occasionally on a patio or coffee shop if the amount of members is smaller.

Membership Diversity

Members are within the ages of 25-40. Meetings usually consist of three to seven participants at a time and members come from a diverse cultural and educational background. We have PHD's in History and Music, a social worker, an IT professional, a nurse... and the list goes on and on!

Choosing Books

We currently have a patented system, whereby books are chosen that all members want to read.

We generally all have the opinion that books are meant to stimulate the mind, so our selections generally reflect that. It's acknowledged that the definition of "classic" is subject to interpretation, of which, we do our best.

Membership Dues

We charge semi-annual meetup dues, just to cover the website costs. There is no money made off of members and we try to keep costs low by restricting members to under 40 (meetup gives us a size break). Dues are payable on the second meeting, so if you're unsure if you wish to commit, no problem! Come and check us out and decide afterwards.

Book List

We've read the following over the last couple of years...

1) Petronius - The Satyricon

2) Sterne - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

3) Aristophanes plays - The Clouds, The Frogs & Lysistrata

4) Aeschylus plays

5) Poetry - Walt Whitman, Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost

6) Boccaccio - The Decameron

7) Tzu - Tao Te Ching

8) Cicero - On the Good Life

9) Flaubert - Madame Bovary

10) A. Bronte - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

11) Hemingway - Winner Take Nothing

12) Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

13) Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince

14) Sophocles Plays

15) Joyce - The Dubliners

16) Poe - Tales of Mystery and Imagination

17) Fitzgerald - This Side of Paradise

18) Dickens - The Cricket on the Hearth

19) Euripides plays (Apr - Sep)

20) Camus - The Stranger

21) Goethe - Faust I & II

22) Bunyan - Pilgrim's Progress

23) Solzhenitsyn - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

24) Dickens - Oliver Twist

25) Nabokov - Speak, Memory

26) Steinbeck - The Long Valley

27) Kafka - The Castle

28) Mishima - The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

29) Balzac - Pere Goriot

30) Achebe - Things Fall Apart

31) Collins - The Moonstone

32) Camus - The Plague

33) Sinclair - The Jungle

34) Orwell - Burmese Days

35) Maupassant - Short Stories

36) Hemingway - A Moveable Feast

37) Hardy - Far from the Madding Crowd

38) Chopin - The Awakening

39) Wharton - The Age of Innocence

40) Defoe - Moll Flanders

41) Wilde - De Profundis

In Summary

What makes us unique includes the way we choose books that all our members want to read and the fact that we read "classic" novels and actually discuss them.

We hope to see you at one of our meetings, in the near future!


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