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New Meetup: December (Christmas!) Main Meetup

From: Eleanor
Sent on: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 7:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: December (Christmas!) Main Meetup

When: Tuesday, December 7,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Grosvenor Cafe
31 Ashton Lane
Glasgow

And we?re finally gearing up for the last Book Group of 2010. So if you fancy a break from all that hectic preparation and Christmas shopping, why not read the books chosen for our literary enjoyment this month:

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (nominated by Lesley)

Despite its lascivious reputation, the pleasures of Lolita are as much intellectual as erogenous. It is a love story with the power to raise both chuckles and eyebrows. Humbert Humbert is a European intellectual adrift in America, haunted by memories of a lost adolescent love. When he meets his ideal nymphet in the shape of 12-year-old Dolores Haze, he constructs an elaborate plot to seduce her, but first he must get rid of her mother. In spite of his diabolical wit, reality proves to be more slippery than Humbert's feverish fantasies and Lolita refuses to conform to his image of the perfect lover. Playfully perverse in form as well as content, riddled with puns and literary allusions, Nabokov's 1955 novel is a hymn to the Russian-born author's delight in his adopted language.

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (nominated by Christina)

David Strorm's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. Little does he realize that his own son, his niece Rosalind and their friends, have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands. "The Chrysalids" is a post-nuclear story of genetic mutation in a devastated world, which tells of the lengths the intolerant will go to keep themselves pure.

At the Christmas Meetup we have also traditionally had a ?Secret Santa? of books. All you need to know is find a book (usually from your bookshelf, and it certainly doesn?t need to be new) and wrap it up and bring it along. They all go into Santa?s Sack and everyone picks one out. It?s a good idea not to bring one along that?s been read by the group during the year as it?s likely to be one that most people have.

Hope to see you all in December.

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