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Saturday December 15th -2pm

"Slaughterhouse" by kurt vonnegut

"Slaughterhouse 5"

by Kurt Vonnegut

 

Slaughterhouse-Five is the semi-autobiographical account of the fire bombing of Dresden, Germany by the British and American air forces in the February of 1945. the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American POW. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.”


Saturday January 26th - 2pm

The Vegetarian - Han Kang

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - impossibly, ecstatically - a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.


The official ranking of the book for the current year:

The year, we are only reading books that have won a literary award:

 

September 2017: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (National Book Critics Award)         7.5/10

October 2017: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Pullitzer prize 2017 )                   7.21/10

November 2017: Dodgers by Bill Berverly (CWA world dagger award 2016)             

December 2017: Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (Nobel Prize in literature)

January 2018: 

 

 

The books' reviews are here!

The official ranking of the books we read previously:

2016-2017

 

After yet another year of reading, here's a reminder of the books we loved, hated or felt rather uninterested by.

  

"A Meal in Winter" (Sep)                     4.4

"Their Eyes Were Watching  God" (Oct)         6.83

"A Gap of Time" (Nov)                      5.57

"Slade House" (Dec)                            6.57

"A Clockwork Orange" (Jan)           6.36 

"Orlando" (Feb)                                    7.96

"The Kraken Wakes" (Mar)               6.75

"Bonk" (Apr)                                         6.55

"Dirt Music" (May)                                7.1

"The Glass Room" (Jun)                    7.58

"Genghis Khan" (Jul)                           5.63

2015-2016

 

Here you find the books we've read in the year of 2015/2016.

 

 

The Poisonwood Bible                        8.63

Blindness                                                 7.83

Kepler                                                      6.57

Go With Me                                           4.40

The Twin                                                7.20

Cold Cold Ground                              2.88

The Golem and the Djinni                7.93

The Quiet American                           7.10

The Memoirs of Hadrien                   7.25

English Passengers  

2014-2015

 

Below you can find an overview of all the books we read for the year 2014-2015

 

The Devil in the White City              5.14

World War Z                                          7.06

Breakfast at Tiffany's                            8.11

The Lives of Girls and Women         7.14

The House on Mango Street             5.93

We Have Always Lived in the Castle                      8.00

I am Malala                                             6.33

Three Day Road                                   7.25

Lamb                                                        3.71

The Bellwether Revivals                     6.80