We had a great meeting this month discussing How to Live or A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer by Sarah Bakewell. Many of us have seen many references to The Essays over the years, from Jan Morris to Robert Dessaix, talking about how much they appreciated Montaigne’s gentle observations, acceptance of human frailties and generosity of spirit. We each found some great lessons in How to Live, such as the answer in Chapter 4: Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow-witted”!
We much admired Sarah Bakewell’s scholarship – the way she drew together details of Montaigne’s life, the times in which he lived, his influence during his lifetime and over the subsequent centuries and how effectively she applied all that to his writings. Her analysis of where Montaigne sits within Western philosophical thought was very accessible and readable. What struck us all was the universality and timelessness of Montaigne’s understanding of the human condition.
Ratings: Dianne, Jenny, Kim Lynda, Nicola and Sandy 4; Janet, Margie, Pauline and Viv, 3.
Our next meeting will be at Preece House on 14/12/20 at 6:30PM to discuss Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.
Hope to see you all there and happy reading!
We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.
We normally meet at the 1948 heritage Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops. This venue has no toilet but here’s one in the park) on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. excluding Public Holidays. A small contribution is required towards the rent of the room, but not if you are a first timer. The amount depends on the number of people attending.
One book title is chosen each month and we all read that book. There is a ‘host’ who introduces and co-ordinates the discussion. The role of host is rotated around the group so that each member has the opportunity to nominate their book (it could also be an author, theme or genre). The host also acts as chairperson for that meeting.
Although we are not a social club (we are readers), we occasionally attend literary events, relevant movies or plays here at the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron Bay. We conform to basic meeting practices and everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinion. Everyone’s interpretation is valid, as long as it’s expressed respectfully.
We welcome any new members who share our aims and are happy to contribute to our group. Newcomers are not required to have read the book to attend the first meeting and no contribution is required from them.
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We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month at the heritage listed Preece House located at Bischof Park
, Nerang Street (next corner White St), Nerang next door to shops at 54 Nerang Street. While the Covid19 restrictions are on, we will meet online. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
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