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New Meetup: October - Vote for the Book Choice!!

From: Sheila C
Sent on: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 3:40 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Book Club London East!

What: October - Vote for the Book Choice!!

When: Monday, October 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Slug and Lettuce
184 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1AY

We didn't feel like deciding on a book for October at last night's book club meeting and so decided to throw it open to a vote from the whole membership. Here are the book choices for you to vote on.

On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
Florence is a talented violinist, who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, the young history student who unexpectedly won her heart. Their marriage, they believe, will bring them happiness and enable them to fulfil their true destinies. It is June, 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. The glowing promise of the future, cannot totally mask their worries about the wedding night. Edward frets about his sexual prowess; Florence?s fears run deeper. McEwan perfectly handles the awkward comedy of this relationship and turns it into something far more disturbing. The novel brilliantly, movingly depicts how the entire course of a life can be changed ? by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned.

Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
In the roaring 20s, the French Riviera was the stylish place for wealthy Americans to visit. Among them are Dick and Nicole - rich, glamorous and enormous fun. Into their circle comes Rosemary, a film star, who is instantly attracted to them, but understands little of the dark secrets and hidden corruption that hold them together. As Dick draws closer to Rosemary, he fractures the delicate structure of his marriage and sets both Nicole and himself on a dangerous path. This exquisite, lyrical novel includes a cast of aristocratic, beautiful people, unhappy love affairs, a duel and incest. The drama is set in the age of materialism, shattered idealism and broken dreams. Despite the maelstrom of interpersonal conflict, "Tender is the Night" has a poignancy and warmth springing from the quality of the writing and the tragic personal experiences on which the book is based.

The Russia House - John Le Carre
A mysterious manuscript purporting to prove the Soviet defence system is unworkable is smuggled out of Moscow. It was intended for a flaky English publisher, a womanizing saxophone-playing boozer, but the smuggler has turned it over to British intelligence. In order to prove its authenticity, they recruit the publisher as an amateur spy and send him to Moscow to re-establish contact with the author. But the "truth" Barley Blair finds there is love and a purpose for his shambles of a life. As always with le Carre, this is a compelling spy story, a marvellous entertainment that is also intelligent, witty, and brooding; it bears all the marks of a master, of the man who has both redefined and reanimated the espionage genre.

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