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Book Club 12: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" at Bar Bouchon

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***The most current update***

We are meeting at 11:15 am.

The venue has been changed to Bouchon in Beverly Hills. We are meeting at downstairs "Bar Bouchon", not at the upstairs bistro. The Bar Bouchon is located adjacent to Montage Hotel and the Garden. It's a sidewalk cafe with a view of the beautiful garden with a fountain.

The reservation is at 11 am, and I will be at the restaurant at 11 am. Please come before 11:30 am. The bar does not take reservations, but they made an exception for me and they will hold our tables for 30 minutes.

Please see below for the parking information.


Recent Update:

There is a possibility that I might change the venue. The new venue will be in LA, not too far from Figaro Bistrot.

I anticipate that there will be bunch of last minute cancellations and we will end up with probably 8 participants. As of 3/20, we have 13 signed up. We won't be able to sit comfortably and have a nice conversation at Figaro Bistrot with that size. I am also very concerned about parking situation. I go to Figaro Bistrot quite often and Sunday brunch time is a challenging time for parking.

If we still have more than 8 participants by 3/21, Thursday night, then I will change the venue to some place that can accomodate us easily and we can park easily for 3-4 hours.

To me, it's important that we go to a place where we can discuss the book. But to some members, the venue may also be important. If so, then I apologize for the inconvenience.

In any regards, the place I have in mind is also a very cool place with a nice outdoor patio seating and a much better parking situation - an affordable valet parking all day long :)



Please note that this meet-up is a book club, and not a brunch meet-up. If you leave after brunch and do not participate in book club discussion, you will be marked as "No Show". Please note that our book discussion will last about 3-4 hours. If you are pressed with time, this meet-up probably is not for you. Thank you for your understanding.


Character Series VI: "The One with the Weight" vs. "The One with the Lightness"

The Book: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera

The Restaurant: Figaro Bistrot

We will close the character series with an existential novel which examines the most basic human character: Weight vs. Lightness

Just in case you wonder, this has nothing to do with the scale and your body :) It has to do with the basic character of any human being. Are you the kind of person who wants to live a life with a purpose and attachment (weight), or are you a free-spirit who wants to live in the moment without any attachment because there is no meaning in life (lightness)?

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is a philosophical novel about a married couple, the husband's mistress, and her married lover (not the husband, but another guy), during the political turbulence of Prague Spring. Filled with infidelities, betrayals and philosophical musings, this is a fascinating book which makes you wonder about the meaning of life, if there is any.

About The Restaurant:

Even though the original book was written in Czech and the setting is mostly Prague, to me this book will forever be a French novel. Kundera is a French citizen and this book was first published in French (not in Czech). I read it first in Korean translation from the French version. But the real reason why it felt French to me was the fact that Kundera simply refused to answer any of his questions but kept asking questions in this book :) So very French :)

So, we are going to a French Bistro. Figaro Bistrot is one of my favorite French bistros in LA. Charming cannot even begin to describe its oh-so-French decor... and the food... awesome.

One of the characters, Sabina, runs away to Paris in this book to get away from the attachment. Paris may be too far away, but we can always run away to Figaro Bistrot and talk about our own attachment over a cup of cafe au lait.



A Note To The First Timers - Please read the following if this is the first time you are coming to My Book Club.

This is a themed book club discussing particular aspects of a particular book each time - this particular book, characters of "the one with the weight" and "the one with the lightness". Your participation is key to your enjoyment, but within the set structure of the book club.

1) Please attend only if you have read the book in its entirety. If you haven't, you won't be able to participate, therefore, it won't be fun for you to attend.

2) The format is structured, and not an open discussion format. We start with an intro, then have discussions centered around the questions I ask. I usually have 5 or more questions, and every member is given an opportunity to talk (but not obligated to do so). Our discussions always stay within the theme (it's not everything goes type of discussion), and the format does not allow one member to dominate the discussion or talk too long. Then, I open the discussion to anybody who has questions/discussion topics. After the discussion, I have a pop quiz with trivial questions from the book, and give out prizes for winners.

3) This is not a eat/social chat/be done in 2 hours event. It lasts about 3-4 hours, not because I force members to stay :), but based on the past 11 events. For a large group to have a meaningful discussion, 2 hours is just not enough. If you have a tight schedule and cannot stay for the duration, please give your spot to somebody else who is willing to stay for the entire duration of the book club.

It may seem overly structured, but so far, we have had amazing discussions, many laughters and good times. However, I also know that my book club is different from other book clubs and wanted to let you know what you are getting into. Happy reading!