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Hi! If you're hungry for good literature, you've stumbled across the right page! There are several lists floating around these days of the 100 best books of all time. Some of these books have changed society and the world as we know it. These lists are varied based on who is determining them and they contain everything from Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to "Bridget Jones Diary" and the Harry Potter series. What's amazing is that the average person has only read about 4 books from any of these given lists. My desire is to find other individuals who are hungry for some good literature accompanied by good friends and maybe some good food and wine, to discuss some of these literary works of art. There are plenty of options to choose from and something sure to fit just about any preference. There's nothing like diving into a good book, but it's even better when you have people to discuss it with.

Interested? Join the group, check out our current selection, and get started reading!

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Books we've read so far (2010 - January 2021)

Books we've read so far:
117. The Tale of Genji
116. Anne of Green Gables
115. Watership Down
114. Noli Me Tangere
113. The Death of Artemio Cruz
112. No Longer Human
111. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
110. Tropic of Cancer
109. The Diary of Anne Frank
108. Flowers for Algernon
107. Reading Lolita in Tehran
106. Anna Karenina
105. Wolf Totem
104. Turn of the Screw
103. Angela's Ashes
102. The Slap
101. Fahrenheit 451
100. If We Dream Too Long
99. Little Women
98. The Stranger
97. Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
96. The Fat Years
95. The Count of Monte Cristo
94. Huckleberry Finn
93. Slaughterhouse 5
92. Solaris
91. For Whom the Bell Tolls
90. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
89. The Good Earth
88. A Room with a View
87. Remains of the Day
86. Beloved
85. Brave New World
84. Dream of the Red Chamber
83. Left Hand of Darkness
82. The Stepford Wives
81. Jude the Obscure
80. The Leopard
79. Please Look After Mother
78. Roots
77. Jane Eyre
76. Zorba the Greek
75. Catcher in the Rye
74. Dangerous Liaisons
73. Middlemarch
72. Emma
71. Carrie
70. House of the Spirit
69. Their Eyes Were Watching God
68. Spring Snow
67. And then there were none
66. Half of a yellow Sun
65. The Bell Jar
64. The Name of the Rose
63. A Handmaids Tale
62. A Suitable Boy
61. The Heart of Darkness
60. Phantom of the Opera
59. Grapes of Wrath
58. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
57. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
56. The Iliad
55. Lolita
54. The Trial
53. Mrs Dalloway
52. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
51. Gone With the Wind
50. Unbearable lightness of being
49. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
48. Pride and Prejudice
47. Dune
46. Brothers Karamazov
45. Tess of the D’Ubervilles
44. Perfume
43. Wine Up Bird Chronicle
42. Moby Dick
41. Midnight’s Children
40. War and Peace
39. Things Fall Apart
38. Master and Margarita
37. All Quiet on the Western Front
36. A Tale of Two Cities
35. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. A Clockwork Orange
33. Steppenwolfe
32. The Godfather
31. The Scarlet Letter
30. In Cold Blood
29. Les Miserables
28. A Passage to India
27. Frankenstein
26. Dr Zhivago
25. Thus Spoke Zarathustra
24. Atonement
23. The Colour Purple
22. Ulysses
21. Norwegian Wood
20. The Motorcycle Diaries
19. Nostromo
18. Don Quixote
17. The Idiot
16. Dracula
15. Catch 22
14. The 3 Musketeers
13. Vanity Fair
12. 100 Years of Solitude
11. 1984
10. Lord of the Flies
9. The Fountainhead
8. God of Small Things
7. The Picture of Dorian Grey
6. Great Expectations
5. Diaries of a Madman
4. Madam Bovary
3. A Farewell To Arms
2. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
1. The Great Gatsby

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"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace

Charlie's Paradiso

Title: Infinite Jest
Author: David Foster Wallace
Country: USA
Written in: 1996
Pages: 1079

I've gotta admit, this novel scares me. It's not just the length, we've read longer novels before (hello Dream of the Red Chamber). It's not the depth, we don't mind diving deep. And it's not the "unconventional narrative structure", we've read experimental pieces (I'm looking at you, James Joyce). It is all of these put together, plus the categorisation as an "encyclopaedic novel" (what does that even mean?) that has always seemed a bit overwhelming.

But here we are...

Yes, we will read this book and discuss it for our January meet-up. There are reviews a plenty about how glorious or gregarious it is, so I'll just leave this one here for your consideration when deciding if you should take on this challenge.

With its baroque subplots, zany political satire, morbid, cerebral humor and astonishing range of cultural references, Wallace's brilliant but somewhat bloated dirigible of a second novel (after The Broom in the System) will appeal to steadfast readers of Pynchon and Gaddis. But few others will have the stamina for it. Set in an absurd yet uncanny near-future, with a cast of hundreds and close to 400 footnotes, Wallace's story weaves between two surprisingly similar locales: Ennet House, a halfway-house in the Boston Suburbs, and the adjacent Enfield Tennis Academy. It is the ``Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment'' (each calendar year is now subsidized by retail advertising); the U.S. and Canada have been subsumed by the Organization of North American Nations, unleashing a torrent of anti-O.N.A.N.ist terrorism by Quebecois separatists; drug problems are widespread; the Northeastern continent is a giant toxic waste dump; and CD-like ``entertainment cartridges'' are the prevalent leisure activity. The novel hinges on the dysfunctional family of E.T.A.'s founder, optical-scientist-turned-cult-filmmaker Dr. James Incandenza (aka Himself), who took his life shortly after producing a mysterious film called Infinite Jest, which is supposedly so addictively entertaining as to bring about a total neural meltdown in its viewer. As Himself's estranged sons--professional football punter Orin, introverted tennis star Hal and deformed naif Mario--come to terms with his suicide and legacy, they and the residents of Ennet House become enmeshed in the machinations of the wheelchair-bound leader of a Quebecois separatist faction, who hopes to disseminate cartridges of Infinite Jest and thus shred the social fabric of O.N.A.N. With its hilarious riffs on themes like addiction, 12-step programs, technology and waste management (in all its scatological implications), this tome is highly engrossing--in small doses. Yet the nebulous, resolutionless ending serves to underscore Wallace's underlying failure to find a suitable novelistic shape for his ingenious and often outrageously funny material.
New to the Hungry Hundred Book Club? Here's what you need to know:

  1. Read the book (If you don't manage to finish it by the meetup date, don't worry. As long as you're not going to be too disappointed by spoilers, you're still welcome to join.)
  2. Come to the meeting, usually (but not always!) on the last Sunday of every month. Meetings may be in Zoom or in person, depending on restrictions. If in person...
  3. ...Be prepared to order food/drink at the venue to show our appreciation for letting us use their space. This is a requirement. A lot of time and effort has been put into finding a place that will accommodate our group without an outrageous minimum charge or rental fee, and you'll never be asked to contribute to organiser fees, so please show your respect and support for the restaurant that's letting us use their space.
  4. Discuss! It's a casual conversation, so don't be afraid to ask questions and let us know what you think.

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