Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

Next Meeting:
Tuesday February 21st
6:30 P.M.

About our meetings:
Anyone is welcome to join us for discussion. If you can't make it to the meeting but have something to say, click on "comment" below this post and tell us what you think. Questions about the work will be added to this post periodically throughout the month. You can also join our e-list by contacting and help us select the following month's book we will be reading.

Summary: Dispatched to the influential Japanese port of Dejima in 1799, ambitious clerk Jacob de Zoet resolves to earn enough money to deserve his wealthy fiancâee, an effort that is challenged by his relationship with the midwife daughter of a samurai.

Recap Dec. 12th meeting:
Hunger Games
was a quick and different kind of read. Heavily plot driven, most of us finished the book in just a few days. For our discussion we had two younger members join us, one eleven and one nine. Both said they loved the book and they greatly added to our discussion. Although the concept of the book, teenagers having to kill each other or be killed, was rather dark and controversial, it seems to be getting a lot of reluctant readers to read. Does this still make the book a good choice to teach in schools? Opinions vary. One topic mentioned during our discussion was the desensitization to violence we are tending to see more now in younger age groups. It may be a combination of more violent movies, video games, and tv shows, or a combination of all of them. There was no clear consensus on whether we should be worried about this or whether this is just a natural progression of the human condition/society. Needless to say, this is a book worth reading for any age group.

Our next meeting has been set for February 20th. We will be skipping January in order to give everyone enough time to get through David Mitchell's book and not feel rushed. February will also be a new set up for all of us as we will no longer be meeting in the same place. As of February 11th the library will be open for business in our new building and we will have our first club meeting of the year there. This means we will be closed January 16th - February 11th.
I look forward to seeing everyone in our new place and hopefully we will have some new faces to start up some wonderful discussion. See you in February

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