This Reading Group meets at Bruno Taut Laden, Onkel-Toms-Hütte
(U-Banhof). Always on the third Monday in the month. You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When we were at a last venue the title of the course in the programme was: reading and talking.
We always talk about a book that was originally written in English. They are mostly pretty modern. The basis of the discussion is the book not an ideology or a particular critical approach. Some are a bit tough to read for some people but we try to alternate between easier and more demanding reading. I lead the discussion and hope that I am open to suggestions for what we read and how we talk about it.
We will have to see how it goes with the finances but people attending pay between 3 and 5 euros for my administration and for a donation to the people in whose building we meet.
On the other side of the tracks in the Onkel-Toms-Hütte-Underground station is
BUCHHANDLUNG BORN. Inh. Juliane Kaiser Ladenstraße 17-18, 14169 Berlin Telefon: 030.31 86 91 60.
It is an independent bookshop – with friendly, helpful service where one can pre-order books and pick them up a month in advance – or ask me to pre-order them.
Since we moved from Das Schloß:
Dec 2019 Dickens: A Christmas Carol, Carol Ann Duffy: Mrs Scrooge
Jan 2020: Toni Morrison : The Bluest Eye
Feb 2020: Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed
On 16th March we had a really constructive dicussion of Ocean Vuong’s ‘On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous’. We were five people with notes from three more of you and it is developing into a written discussion! (Perhaps I have to learn how to set up a blog on the website?)
On May 18th 7 of us met (after consultation) at Piaggio’s at 3 pm and talked about Evaristo’s Booker Prize winning ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. It was an enlivening and productive discussion.
In June : Elizabeth Strout: Olive, Again.
August : Sarah Moss : Tidal Zone
September: Ian MacEwan: Machines Like Me Machines Like Me reviews
October: Max Porter, Lanny in the Bruno Tau Laden, Onkel-Toms-Hütte 3 p.m. Lanny reviews
November 2020: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird. Keep a special eye open for Dill, our author for December!
In December 2020 I’d like to talk about Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’, ‘One CHristmas’ and ‘The Thanksgiving Visitor’. They are available in one volume but here are pdfs of the first two. I’m working onthe third!
On Monday 18th January 2021 at 3 pm Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’.
In February 2021 Ali Smith’s ‘How to be Both’
March 15th Brit Bennet: The Vanishing Half – we were 8 and our discussions online are improving (technically). We covered a lot of ground and for once, everybody had liked the book! Thanks, everybody!
For April Anne Enright : The Actress
For May ‘The Braid’ by Latitia Colimbani that Kathy recommends. (Yes, it is a translation. Exceptions prove the rule, don’t they!)
June 21st : Cleeves , Too Good to be True
Maggie O’Farrell : Hamnet for July. 18th
In August we’re talking about Jiles: News of the World,
In September : Jenny Offill, ‘Weather’. There also plenty of second hand copies available.
In October : Nunez ‘The Friend’
In November : Coetzee: Disgrace
In December: John Ironmonger ‘Not Forgetting the Whale’.
January 17th : Ishiguro’s ‘Klara and the Sun’
Febraury 21st : Virgina Woolf : To a Lighthouse
21st March Benjamin Myers The Offing
April our normal date would be Easter Monday so it didn’t happen unless we have something urgent that suits many of us!
16. May The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
20. Juni Gurnah : Paradise
18. Juli Sarah Moss : The Fell
15. August Natasha Brown : The Assembly
17. October NoViolet Bulawayo : We need new names
21. November : Mohsin Hamid : Exit West
19. December : Claire Keegan: Small Things Like These
January 2023 : Katie Kitamura : Intimacies
Here is the list of books we discussed longer ago.(Apologies all round that I am not up to date with the editing of the site. .):
1) First meeting (was) : November 2015: Ian McEwen: The Children Act2) End of January 2016 :: The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society von Barrows/Schaffer
3) February (on Feb 29th! 2016) The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
4) 25th April. Anne Enright’s The Green Road
5) June 27th,: Jo MacMillan’s Motherland
6) Gail Jones: A Guide to Berlin – July 25th 2016 ;
7) Joseph Kanon, Leaving Berlin – August 29th 2016 .
8) ‘Reader, I married him’ on September 26th 2016
9) October 31st 2016 Kent Haruf: Our Souls at Night
10) November_ Bill Clegg’s : Did you ever have a family
11. January 2017 Colim Toibin’s ‘Nora Webster’
12) February 2017: Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann (Bloomsbury Publishing
13) March 2017 :Tyler: Vinegar Girl
14) May 2017: Zadie Smith: Swing Time
15) June 17 : The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan.
16) July 17 : My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
October 16th 2017 –Groff: Fates and Furies. fates and furies three reviews
November 20th 2017: McEwen: Nutshell
December 18th 2017 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
January 15th 2018 Winterston – The Gap of Time (2015) Hogarth Shakespeare
Feb 19th 2018 : Colson Whitehead: Underground Railroad
March 19th 2018 : Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
April 16th 2018: Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
June 18th 2018 – Julian Barnes, Noise of Time (It is now out in paperback and there should be plenty of copies in libraries).
July 16th 2018 “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebyo
August 20th 2018 A Gentleman in Moscow (Towles)
September 17th 2018 : Reservoir 13 (Jon McGregor)
October 2018 : Carr: A Month in the Country
November 2018: Days without End (Sebastian Barry)
December 2018: Winter (Ali Smith)
January 2019: Another Brooklyn (Jaqueline Woodson) (2016)
February 2019 Lincoln in the Bardo
March 2019 Little Fires Everywhere : Celeste Ng
April : Tessa Hadley : Bad Dreams (several short stories)
May 2019 Colum McCann: Let the whole world spin
June 2019 Banville : The Sea
July Pat Barker Regeneration (first of the trilogy)
August Jane Gardam : Old Filth
September Michelle : Obama Becoming
October: Ishiguro The Buried Giant
Nov 2019 McClaverty: Midwinter Break
P L E A S E bring your suggestions!
Who knows Jennifer Egan’s ‘Manhattan Beach’ (2017)
The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.
Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.
With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time. (Goodreads)
Who knows:The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2015)
It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain,
Later, may be: The Broken Shore ( Peter Temple, 2005) The Broken SHore: Broken by his last case, homicide detective Joe Cashin has fled the city and returned to his hometown to run its one-man police station while his wounds heal and the nightmares fade. He lives a quiet life with his two dogs in the tumbledown wreck his family home has become. It’s a peaceful existence – ideal for the rehabilitating man. But his recovery is rudely interrupted by a brutal attack on Charles Bourgoyne, a prominent member of the local community. Suspicion falls on three young men from the local Aboriginal community. But Cashin’s not so sure and as the case unfolds amid simmering corruption and prejudice, he finds himself holding on to something that it might be better to let go. (Goodreads)
See below for what we have already covered