Limoges Book Club

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Round off the season

The venue, as ever:

Relais Louis Blanc, on the Boulevard Louis Blanc

This season’s concluding meeting will be held on Saturday 9th June, during the afternoon – from 4pm to 6pm.

I’ll be an opportunity to look back over the past year, reflect on what we’ve read – or didn’t get round to reading.

Do come along, with ideas on what you believe we really ought to read over the course of the coming season.

An opportunity also to air your choice of books for the coming Summer; and which others might enjoy.

See you there?

A Taste of Ireland

if it happens to be 4pm on Saturday 14th April 2018,

and you’re passing Le Relais Louis Blanc, on bd Louis Blanc, in Limoges

then call in for a couple of hours’ in the company of the late Seamus Heaney.

Who? Just one of the finest poets that ‘land of Saints and Scholars’ ever produced!

Here’s a taste of his Strawberry Picking

« You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet

Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it

Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for

Picking. »

Close your eyes, and imagine that taste!

See you there!

 

 

Spain of Yesteryear

Join us at our meeting on Saturday 10th March

at the Relais Louis Blanc, on the bd Louis Blanc, Limoges

Between 4 and 6pm we shall play at:

 » a billiard-table, at which every one may amuse himself without hurt to body and soul; for innocent recreations do good rather than harm. One cannot be always at church, or always saying one’s prayers, or always engaged in one’s business, however important it may be; there are hours for recreation when the wearied mind should take repose. It is to this end that alleys of trees are planted to walk in, waters are conveyed from remote fountains, hills are levelled, and gardens are cultivated with such care. » 

Our host is:

« at an age when it does not become me to trifle with the life to come, for I am upwards of sixty-four. »

Who is it that just wants to entertain us? Why not come along, and find out?

Fictional Detectives and their Creators

In the world of the detective – be that person real or imagined – there may be certain irrefutable facts.

Here are a few for this event: Our next meeting will be at the scene of the crime; that is to say:

Le Relais Louis Blanc , which is to be found on the bd Louis Blanc, Limoges.

The investigation will be conducted on Saturday 10th February, between the hours of 4pm and 6pm.

Do come along with any information you have discovered about your chosen character(s) and their creator(s).

We may not be able to solve the case, but it should be a stimulating investigation. The many suspects include: Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Maigret and even Poirot.

Shhh! – can’t say anymore, someone’s coming.

Japan’s ‘Evaporated’ People’

Welcome to 2018.

Our first meeting this year, as ever at Le Relais Louis Blanc, on bde Louis Blanc in Limoges, will be held at the usual time of 4pm to 6pm, on Saturday 13th January .

Here’s the first in a short series of literary visits to a chosen continent.

You’ve guessed it; for our first visit we’re off to Asia, and a look at what might seem an obscure subject.

In order to offer some light on the matter, the following is offered:

http://www.businessinsider.fr/us/evaporated-people-disappearing-from-japan-2017-4/

See you on 13th?

 

 

 

Democracy: whatever that might be

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 9th December 2017,  from 4pm to 6pm

At the ‘Relais Louis Blanc’, on the boulevard Louis Blanc, in Limoges

An opportunity to gather together, and to mull over the meaning(s) – and applications – of an idea which comes so often to our lips. An alternative theme might have been: ‘How long is a piece of string?’

Do come along; and why not be prepared to make your own contribution to what promises to be a lively, and stimulating, exchange of points-of-view.

American short stories: from Mark Twain to Dave Eggers

Saturday 11th November 2017, from 4 – 6pm

At Relais Louis Blanc, boulevard Louis Blanc, Limoges

What choices to make! Here are links to an assortment of stories – a couple for reading, and others to listen to, or perhaps to watch.

A Monument to Adam; by Mark Twain

https://americanliterature.com/author/mark-twain/short-story/a-monument-to-adam

An Idle Fellow; by Kate Chopin

https://americanliterature.com/author/kate-chopin/short-story/an-idle-fellow

Garrison Keillor recounts: A classic Wobegone Story; The Secret Lutherans;

and A Rich Full Life;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_nCPba8kVg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L6uXvpSC4A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJOM4pySRZo

David Sadaris lets us know about Today’s Special

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsMkEGBoFe8

This treat ends with Dave Eggers’: Francis

https://vimeo.com/64852242

Enjoy a while with these wordsmiths

See you on 11th!

 

 

 

Tortilla Flat: John Steinbeck

Our next meeting, as ever, will take place at

Le Relais Blanc, on the Bde Louis Blanc, Limoges.

Saturday 14th October 2017, from 4pm to 6pm,

Our readers’ choice – Tortilla Flat – might prove quite a challenge for those in a hurry. Whether you choose to read the entire book at  - https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.226094

or just your selection of a couple or more chapters; you will be rewarded by Steinbeck’s warmth of feeling for his characters and their lives.

To help you to make your selection, you might look no further than https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortilla_Flat

Enjoy your reading, and we’ll see you in October.

Charles Dickens: ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

Welcome back!

After the summer break we’re off to the France of the late 18 century. Some have said that this is Dickens’ finest work; so why not read it in time for our first meeting of the new season; then come along and give us your take on an Englishman’s take on the French Revolution.  You can find the complete story on:                               http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/98?msg=welcome_stranger

As ever, we’ll meet from 4 – 6pm at the Relais Louis Blanc, on Boulevard Louis Blanc

Saturday 9th September 2017

 

 

« It is a truth… »

Those four words alone are sufficient enough to identify one of the best-loved works of English literature.

If you want to discover more, then why not join us for our next meeting; on 10h June, at 4 o’clock on that Saturday afternoon.  As ever, we’ll be at the Relais Louis Blanc, on Boulevard Louis Blanc, in Limoges.

There you’ll have two hours in which to consider Jane Austen’s masterpiece.

There! It’s really out of the bag; we’re going to look at ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and you can find it in a click or two at:

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1342/1342-h/1342-h.htm

Happy reading!