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Are you a solitary creature who lives in constant danger of being crushed by a stack of books? When company comes, do you have to move books off the sofa so they can sit down? Or maybe you're an avid reader looking for other avid readers in a culture that seems uninterested in reading anything more complicated than a cereal box? If so, you've come to the right place.

We'll meet the third Sunday of every month to discuss literary fiction. Why "literary" fiction? It's not because we're a snooty bunch of unemployed English majors--well, not all of us, anyway; it's just that literary fiction gives us more to chew on than those sugary mass-market confections, which, delightful though they may be, tend to melt in your mouth like cotton candy, leaving you ultimately unsatisfied.

So it's all downers and broccoli, right? A bunch of sighing pseudo-intellectuals wearing black eye shadow and berets? No, we don't take ourselves that seriously, and we have a lot of fun. And because we choose books by poll, you'll have some say in what we read. So won't you join us? All are welcome.

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June Meetup: Men Without Women by Murakami

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UPDATE: We are moving this a month to June 19th.

For May, we will be reading "Men Without Women" by Haruki Murakami. It is a collection of short stories published in 2017. The hardcover version runs 228 pages.

The GoodReads blurb is

A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
Drive My Car --
Yesterday --
An Independent Organ --
Scheherazade --
Kino --
Samsa in Love --
Men Without Women

July Meetup: Death in Venice by Mann

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Note: RSVPs for this meetup open at 8pm on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

For our June meetup, we will be reading "Death in Venice" by Thomas Mann. As it was published in 1912, there are a number of different translations. Feel free to pick up whatever translation you feel is appropriate. One paperback version runs 142 pages.

The GoodReads blurb of one new version is

The world-famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann -- here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim.

Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

In the decaying city, besieged by an unnamed epidemic, he becomes obsessed with an exquisite Polish boy, Tadzio. "It is a story of the voluptuousness of doom," Mann wrote. "But the problem I had especially in mind was that of the artist's dignity."

August Meetup: The Violent Bear It Away by O'Connor

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Note: RSVPs for this meetup open at 8pm on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

For our July Meetup, we will be reading "The Violent Bear It Away" by Flannery O'Connor. One paperback version of it runs 256 pages.

The GoodReads blurb is

First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousins, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle--that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos, resulting in a novel where range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writers acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.

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April Meetup: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

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