Friday, February 24, 2006

Welcome to our club!

The Bermuda Island Readers Book Club was started in 2005. The goal of the members was to create an environment where books on history, politics, sociology, religion, current events and other cerebral topics could be read and discussed with like-minded people. While we mainly read works of non-fiction, classic fiction from outstanding authors is also frequently read and discussed.
Books are democratically selected with a view towards delivering us from our 'comfort zones' and presenting a book we might otherwise have overlooked. Our meetings last about two hours and generally offer far-ranging conversation not only on the current book but on a variety of related topics. The 'Page Turner/Page Burner' portion of our meetings attempts to steer other members towards, or away from, books that we are personally familiar with.
If you are reading this and not a 'member' we invite you to contact us and join in. Our meetings are flexible and sociable, with a reasonable cross-section of our community currently represented. Don't live in Bermuda? Not a problem for us - feel free to read the book and electronically offer your thoughts and opinions.
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Happy Reading.


At August 21, 2006 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys - this is Ann. I read the comments about East of Eden with great interest and find myself in agreement with a lot of what was said.
However, one thing that struck me very forcibly that you didn't mention was the symmetry of the construction and its relevance to the theme of good v evil. For example: Cal v Aron, Charles v Adam, dark v fair, dour v joyful etc etc. Even the difference between the east and west sides of the valley. The pivotal point seemed to me to be Lee, which would give him the central position rather than a marginal role here, that you were discussing. He is sort of neutral in being central, if you see what I mean!
He is also the one who unravels the Cain/Abel story and the centrality of 'timshel'. This expression of the concept of free will, rather unsubtle in places perhaps, is the synthesis of the conflicts through the novel which cannot finally be resolved into black or white and must remain grey.
I do feel that Steinbeck in calling the novel 'East' of Eden rather than west, suggests that he favours the eventual supremacy of good rather than evil.
It's not easy having to write it down rather than being able to discuss things with you all, and a little bit too late really to be of interest but it's good to be able to join in, even at a distance :-)


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