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New Meetup: August Main Meetup

From: Eleanor
Sent on: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 9:03 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: August Main Meetup

When: Tuesday, August 3,[masked]:30 PM

Price: GBP0.50 per person

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

The nominations this month were a particularly eclectic mix, with the following getting the most votes:

Master and Commander by Patrick O?Brian (nominated by Dave)
?Set sail for the read of your life! Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. This first novel establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O'Brian's portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly. This brilliant historical novel marked the debut of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever, the author of what Alan Judd, writing in the Sunday Times, has described as 'the most significant extended story since Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time'.?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig (nominated by Steven)
?The narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son becomes a text which speaks directly to the confusions and agonies of existence, detailing a personal, philosophical odyssey.?
?A remarkable classic, at last back in print. It is not (of course) about motorcycle maintenance. It is a guide, a life support system, a novel, a philosophical treatise, an attempt to analyse life, an examination of the nature of space and time... all things to most men (and women). The archetypal mind-stretching book.?

Once again, two very different books so hopefully everyone will be encouraged to read one, or even both.

The other nominations were:
Sum: Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman (Mhairi)
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Seigne)
Old Filth by Jane Gardam (Elaine M)
The Woman and the Ape by Peter Hoeg (Sue H)
Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos (Danny)
A Genius in the Family by Piers Du Pre (Eve)
Push: A Novel by Sapphire also known as Precious: Based on the Novel ?Push? by Sapphire (Lucy)
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (Eleanor)

Hope to see you in August


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