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New Meetup: January Main Meetup

From: Lesley M
Sent on: Sunday, December 6, 2009 10:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: January Main Meetup

When: January 5,[masked]:30 PM

Where:
Waxy O'Connors
44 West George Street G2 1DH
Glasgow
[masked]

After all the over-indulgences of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, why not come along to the first meeting of 2010 to regurgitate your views about the nominated books you've read and digested over the hols. First up on the new year menu is:

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson (nominated by Mhairi). This is the second book of the Millennium Trilogy, the first of which was read previously by the book club (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) however, can be read as a novel in its own right.
Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her anywhere. Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, will not believe what he hears on the news. Knowing Salander to be fierce when fearful, he is desperate to get to her before she is cornered and alone. As he fits the pieces of the puzzle together, he comes up against some hardened criminals, including the chainsaw-wielding 'blond giant' - a fearsomely huge thug who can feel no pain. Digging deeper, Blomkvist also unearths some heart-wrenching facts about Salander's past life. Committed to psychiatric care aged 12, declared legally incompetent at 18, this is a messed-up young woman who is the product of an unjust and corrupt system. Yet Lisbeth is more avenging angel than helpless victim - descending on those that have hurt her with a righteous anger terrifying in its intensity and truly wonderful in its outcome.
'The Girl Who Played with Fire is that rare thing - a sequel that is even better than the book that went before... it is to be read in great hungry chunks' Observer.

Next on Santa's list is:-

Defiance by Nechama Tec (nominated by Jim). The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but in fact many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. Defiance offers a riveting history of one such group, a forest community in western Belorussia that would number more than 1,200 Jews by 1944-the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. Tec reveals that this extraordinary community included both men and women, some with weapons, but mostly unarmed, ranging from infants to the elderly. She reconstructs for the first time the amazing details of how these partisans and their families-hungry, exposed to the harsh winter weather-managed not only to survive, but to offer protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Arguing that this success would have been unthinkable without the vision of one man, Tec offers penetrating insight into the group's commander, Tuvia Bielski, bringing to light Bielski's struggle as a partisan who lost his parents, wife, and two brothers to the Nazis, yet never wavered in his conviction that it was more important to save one Jew than to kill twenty Germans. She shows how, under Bielski's">Bielski's guidance, the partisans smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, scouted the roads for fugitives, and led retaliatory raids against Belorussian peasants who collaborated with the Nazis. Herself a Holocaust survivor, Nechama Tec here draws on wide-ranging research and never before published interviews with surviving partisans-including Tuvia Bielski himself-to reconstruct here the poignant and unforgettable story of those who chose to fight.

So whichever book is on your reading list (or both)....come along, join in the debate and share in some scintillating exchanges on the literary worth and merit of our exciting Yuletide selection.

Hope to see you all there.

Happy reading smile

Lesley

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