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Hooray for suggestions!

Second Thursday is the 9th of November.  My Google Calendar says that I am free.  Does this clash with anyone else's?  minijames is available for the meeting unless there are other ideas.

Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse-Five

Pages: 224
Year: 1969
Price: $23.95 (Dymocks)
1001 Books Page Reference: 612
Review: Amazon.comCollapse )

Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory

Pages: 256
Year: 1984
Price: $22.95 (Dymocks)
1001 Books Page Reference: 722
Review: Amazon.comCollapse )

Georges Perec - Life: A User's Manual

Pages: 608
Year: 1978
Price: $24.95 (Dymocks
1001 Books Page Reference: 676
Review: Publishers WeeklyCollapse )
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I am using this word, ‘congregation’, correct?

Is each person premium to meet either subsequently Wednesday or Thursday?

If so, which sunlight hours depart well with people?

Guilelessly,
Mark

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1. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

2. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre.

3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

I have absolutely no idea when we're meeting again.

Current Location:
Bed
Current Mood:
sleepy sleepy
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I haven't been able to find the book. I thing the rest of you got in before me. Has anyone finished yet, or is likely to any time soon? If it's non-fiction, I probably be able to read at least a few chapters and come along.
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what are we reading?
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Philosophers Behaving Badly by Nigel Rodgers and Mel Thompson
Those seeking in philosophy a guide for the perplexed should be warned. While philosophy can enlighten, it can also mislead and delude. As Descartes observed, ‘The greatest souls are capable of the greatest vices as well as the greatest virtues.’ This book explores the perils of philosophy. It shows that philosophers’ own behaviour, sometimes bad, sometimes sad, occasionally downright mad, is seldom entirely unconnected with their thinking. Philosophers Behaving Badly examines the lives of eight great philosophers: Rousseau, whose views on education and the social order seem curiously at odds with his own outrageous life; Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, two giants of the nineteenth century whose words seem ever more relevant today; and five immensely influential philosophers of the twentieth century: Russell, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Sartre and Foucault. All of which will show that the life of reason does not necessarily lead to a reasonable life.


Ethics Of What We Eat by Singer Peter
Meet three different families with three different lifestyles. The Hillard-Nierstheimer family exemplifies the standard meat-and-potatoes diet: they shop at the local supermarket, occasionally eat fast food, and enjoy their meat, Coke and beer. The Masarech-Motavalli family is concerned about its health and generally buys fresh, locally grown vegetables. They call themselves caring carnivores they ll only eat meat from animals raised to humane standards. The Farb family is vegan: nothing they eat comes from an animal, and wherever possible they buy organic. Peter Singer and Jim Mason take a standard meal enjoyed by each family and trace its ingredients back through the production process to see what ethical issues arise. From the disturbing methods used to produce factory farmed eggs, to revelations of the lack of policing of the term organic , to the lice found in the meat of farmed fish, the authors raise questions about people s everyday food choices and challenge us to think before we buy.


Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy by Noam Chomsky
The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene against “failed states” around the globe. In this much anticipated sequel to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a “failed state,” and thus a danger to its own people and the world.
“Failed states” Chomsky writes, are those “that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a ‘democratic deficit,’ having democratic forms but with limited substance.” Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington’s escalation of the nuclear risk; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and America’s self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy.
Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed States offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices have recklessly placed the world on the brink of disaster. Systematically dismantling America’s claim to being the world’s arbiter of democracy, Failed States is Chomsky’s most focused—and urgent—critique to date.
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What time tonight? I always forget.
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We are reading Midnight's Children, then! Don't leave it to the last minute, kids, because it takes a little while.

Now I have to decide whether or not to finish Shalimar first. I'm almost half way through...

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It's on order at UNSW, on loan at Sydney uni & all the City of Sydney public libraries except Ultimo and Waterloo and apparently hugely expensive on the shelf. Should we give up and change to Paradise (which I have read and included because I love it) or do you want some other options? Sorry about this, guys.
Current Mood:
meh
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My suggestions, finally.

Shalimar the Clown – Salman Rushdie

Shalimar is at once a political thriller, folk tale, slapstick comedy, wartime adventure, and work of science fiction, pop culture, and magical realism. In shimmering (if sometimes baroque) language, Rushdie invokes clever satire and imaginative wordplay. Yet, despite its diverse genres and styles, Shalimar is, at heart, a story of love, honor, and revenge—and the global consequences of such emotions and actions.



Paradise - Toni Morrison

Paradise takes place in the tiny farming community of Ruby, Oklahoma, which its residents proudly proclaim "the one all-black town worth the pain." Settled by nine African American clans during the 1940s, the town represents a small miracle of self-reliance and community spirit. Yet Paradises are not so easily gained. As we soon discover, Ruby is fissured by ancestral feuds and financial squabbles, not to mention the political ferment of the era, which has managed to pierce the town's pious isolation. In the view of its leading citizens, these troubles call for a scapegoat. And one readily exists: the Convent, an abandoned mansion not far from town--or, more precisely, the four women who occupy it, and whose unattached and unconventional status makes them the perfect targets for patriarchal ire.



True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey

No reader will be left unmoved by this dramatic tale of an instinctively good-hearted young man whose destiny, in Carey's revisionist point of view, was determined by heredity on one side and official bigotry and corruption on the other; whose criminal deeds were motivated by gallantry and desperation; and whose exploits in eluding the police for almost two years transfixed a nation and made him a popular hero. The unschooled Kelly narrates through a series of letters he writes to the baby daughter he will never see. Conveyed in run-on sentences, with sparse punctuation and quirky grammar enriched by pungent vernacular, Kelly's voice is mesmerizing as he relates the events that earned him a reputation as a horse thief and murderer. Through Ned's laconic observations, Carey creates a textured picture of Australian society when the British ruling class despised the Irish, and both the police and the justice system were thoroughly corrupt.
Current Mood:
cheerful cheerful
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