Barely a Book Club

Teetering on the edge of a normal book club

Greetings from Ecuador September 29, 2006

Filed under: Glass Bead Game — antof9 @ 3:54 am

Hello everyone. Hope that everything is going brilliantly. Just thought I would start a post about the Glass Bead Game. Will someone post were you are meeting this Saturday?


your travelling book club partners

PS – On Saturday Shanda and I are going to stand on both the hemispheres!


Survivor Amy, Chess, Elitism and Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land September 23, 2006

Filed under: Glass Bead Game — antof9 @ 9:29 am

I just wrote an entire post complete with bullets and it’s all gone.  Now I’m crabby and trying to re-create it.   It was already tough in that I was back-dating it to the day we met.  hmmmm.

A guest post by M.

I started by saying that none of the people there know what Survivor Amy looks like, so I can’t report on whether or not she was there.  For all I know, she’s the person who made my yummy mocha thingie.

We discussed whether or not the translation matters (ostensibly it does), but the Prof made the insightful point that it probably doesn’t matter until the 5th or 6th reading of a book (or something).  Joel (what’s your code name?) and Inspector Love noticed that the title of Chapter 3 in the old translation is “Apprenticeship”, and the title in the newer version is “Years of Freedom”.  All other chapter titles were the same. 

Other topics discussed, in no particular order:

  • Elitism (elite schools are so elitist)
  • comparison to the Amish lifestyle
  • mockumentaries — a possible new business venture?
  • Ambition and Joseph’s unawareness (?) of his own advancement
  • Really smart people with no common sense and/or people skills
  • Smart people who don’t play chess
  • I’m really not that old, but the 1959 movie Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land.  I’m watching a couple copies on eBay as I type this.  It *will* be our next Movie Night.
  • It’s dry, it de-emphasizes the beauty of literature, doesn’t use normal devices such as character and plot.  And yet, we’re still reading it.

And there you have it.  An awfully book-club-like discussion.  We almost lost the “barely” part of our name that week!


Scones bring out the controversy – 9/23/06 September 19, 2006

Filed under: The Kite Runner — antof9 @ 12:08 am

Another great week of conversation, but sadly TKR comes to an end.

 – Can we imply our own definitions of redemption into a book?

 – Did Baba get redemption?

 – Was the ending satisfying?

Next week we are starting the Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse and are meeting at Common Grounds @ 10:30. Read through Chapter 3.,+CO&radius=0.0&cid=39739167,-104984167,5735336650228745189&li=lmd&z=14&t=m

Also remember to send me your book suggestions along with a short synopsis of the book. You can email it or give it to me.


Redemption, Really – 9/16/2006 September 14, 2006

Filed under: The Kite Runner — antof9 @ 8:52 pm

Sorry about my tardiness, it’s just been one of those weeks. Don’t forget to start bringing in book suggestions. We will be voting in just 3 weeks.

 – The theme of infertility in the book, not just among people but also of the land even in their lives.

 – Why Ali keep Hassan? Out of loyalty, sense of honor, his own inability to procreate?

This is the last week of The Kite Runner and I want everyone to really think about redemption this week. Did Amir really redeem himself? Did he need to? Think about it bring your thoughts. We will be meeting a the House of Commons @ 10:30. Bring money for their delicious scones!


Do You Know Jeff Buckley? 9/9/06 September 7, 2006

Filed under: The Kite Runner — antof9 @ 4:07 am

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend! We started the Kite Runner last Saturday which prompted some great conversations. We actually sounded like a real book club!

– Comparison of the choices made between Anna and Amir. Tolstoy almost backs Anna’s character into a corner during pivotal decisions, whereas Amir is given many options to change his decision to ignore the rape of Hassan.

 – The father/son dynamic. Does Baba really blame Amir for the death of his wife, or is it just in Amir’s mind?

 – More comparisons between Anna Karenina and the Kite Runner both socially and culturally.

 – Blame the circumstances or choices?

Read through chapter 20. We will be meeting at Stella’s,+denver,+co&spn=0.027608,0.061644&hl=en