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Discussing Molloy by Samuel Beckett
Molloy is Samuel Beckett's best-known novel, and his first published work to be written in French, ushering in a period of concentrated creativity in the late 1940s which included the companion novels Malone Dies and The Unnamable. The narrative of Molloy, old and ill, remembering and forgetting, scarcely human, begets a parallel tale of the spinsterish Moran, a private detective sent in search of him, whose own deterioration during the quest joins in with the catalogue of Molloy's woes. Molloy brings a world into existence with finicking certainties, at the tip of whoever is holding the pencil, and trades larger uncertainties with the reader. You can purchase a copy here (http://amzn.to/2ocvtkF).

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"Instead of the modernist quest for meaning in a chaotic world, the postmodern author eschews, often playfully, the possibility of meaning, and the postmodern novel is often a parody of this quest. Postmodern authors also tend to celebrate chance over craft, and further employ metafiction to undermine the writer's authority. Another characteristic of postmodern literature is the questioning of distinctions between high and low culture through the use of pastiche, the combination of subjects and genres not previously deemed fit for literature." - Wikipedia

If all/most of the above appeals, then this is the book club for you! Join us for an unpretentious (well, we'll try!) discussion over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

We will be reading from an ever-expanding list of postmodern and experimental literature (not theory), including the following (to give you an idea):

House of Leaves – Mark Z Danielewski

The Atrocity Exhibition – JG Ballard

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie – Stewart Home

Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas Hofstadter

Life, A User’s Manual – Georges Perec

Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

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