SE1 Book Club 2016

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Jac
Sunday 14 August 2016 9.52pm
natlondon wrote:
Hi all,
of the selection above, Gods behaving badly will be discussed this Monday 15th August - at the King's Arms, Newcomen Street, 7.30. Based on our last conversation we may well say a few words about Kevin Katchadourian, too, who knows...

Of the selection proposed in print in July for the September session (The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera, The third man by Graham Greene and Rituals by Cees Nooteboom) the majority vote went for Rituals. We'll talk about it on Monday 19th September.
Nicola, we'll see you then, welcome!

See you all this Monday, enjoy the sunshine in the meantime.

Thanks Nat I have been meaning to post couldn't remember which book was for sept and ironically neither could MrJac tattle should be shortlisting I will remind her.
See you all tomorrow
Monday 15 August 2016 12.40pm
Here are my 3 choices:

* Three men in a boat - Jerome K. Jerome
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by English writer Jerome K. Jerome of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston. The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history along the route, but the humorous elements took over to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages seem a distraction to the comic novel.

* Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith
The Diary of a Nobody is so unassuming a work that even its author, George Grossmith, seemed unaware that he had produced a masterpiece. For more than a century this wonderfully comic portrayal of suburban life and values has remained in print, a source of delight to generations of readers, and a major literary influence, much imitated but never equalled.
If you donít recognise yourself at some point in The Diary you are probably less than human. If you can read it without laughing aloud you have no sense of humour.

* The Ragged Trousers Philatropists - Robert Tressel
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a classic representation of the impoverished and politically powerless underclass of British society in Edwardian England, ruthlessly exploited by the institutionalized corruption of their employers and the civic and religious authorities. Epic in scale, the novel charts the ruinous effects of the laissez-faire mercantilist ethics on the men, women, and children of the working classes, and through its emblematic characters, argues for a socialist politics as the only hope for a civilized and humane life for all.
Monday 15 August 2016 8.52pm
Diary of a nobody is the choice for September
Monday 15 August 2016 8.52pm
Diary of a nobody is the choice for October
Jac
Saturday 20 August 2016 5.00pm
The next book club will be on Monday 19th September at 7.30pm at the Kings Arms Newcomen Street.

the book we will be discussing is Rituals by Cees Nooteboom.

Wendy will be shortlisting the next three books for us to choose from.

The book for October is Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith

The SE1 Book club is a mixed group, anyone who lives or works in SE1 and likes reading is welcome to join. Just come along and say hello. Ask at the bar if you are not sure who we are. New members are always welcome.
Monday 19 September 2016 12.04pm
Hi

My choices below:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Glass Castle is a memoir and an absolutely shocking tale of growing up in rural America. Every time you think things canít get any worse Ė they do. Your own childhood will seem like a rose-coloured tale after you make your way through this book.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899):
The main character, Charles Marlow, transports Ivory down the Congo River in Central Africa. During one of his trips he meets Mr. Kurtz, a man well known to the natives, with whom he develops an unhealthy obsession. Heart of Darkness is an exploration of colonialism and the brutality and racism that is deemed necessary to maintain power.
Jac
Thursday 22 September 2016 2.11pm
The next book club will be on Monday 17th October at 7.30pm at the Kings Arms Newcomen Street.

the book we will be discussing is Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith

Chris will be shortlisting the next three books for us to choose from.

The book for November is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

The SE1 Book club is a mixed group, anyone who lives or works in SE1 and likes reading is welcome to join. Just come along and say hello. Ask at the bar if you are not sure who we are. New members are always welcome.
Monday 24 October 2016 8.28am
Hi all,

I missed last book club as I was away - I really enjoyed reading the Diary of a nobody, though, great fun. I'd have given it at least a 6 and would have liked to hear your views.
Not sure if I was the only one that couldn't attend - can you let me / us know what the list of three titles was for the November book and which one won? Thanks.
Wednesday 2 November 2016 10.35am
Hi,

Do you have a date for the next book club? I would love to join.

Thanks,

Kate.
Jac
Thursday 3 November 2016 11.08am
Next book club will be on Monday 21st November at The Kings Arms Newcomen Street from 7.30pm and Kate we would love to see you there.

The book we will be discussing is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

I wasn't at the last book club so I'm not sure what the next book is Perhaps someone else can enlighten us.

Chris should have been the next to shortlist but as he missed it last month and might not see this could Grange Lady please have her shortlist ready.

December Book Club Social
In the past when we were meeting the first week of the month, we gave January a miss but this year I think it will be better to give December a miss instead. However if anyone would like to come to a Bookclub social at the Italian Deli in Long Lane as we have done the past then please let me know asap so I can book a table I would suggest we do that on Monday 5th December.
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