August 2019

Draw Your Weapons by Sarah SentillesDraw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles was published in 2017. According to Michael McGirr of the Sydney Morning Herald, “This book does some heavy lifting. “ We couldn’t agree more.
Modern society is bombarded with images of violence and horror and Sentilles uses hundreds of fragments, intertwined around two main narratives, to explore images of war and hate. Her theory is that art can change perspectives, and encourages both her art students and her readers to consider changes that can be made to our contemporary darkness.

Draw Your Weapons is an album, says McGirr. It consists of hundreds of fragments, some a single line. Others are longer. They include personal narrative, excursions into art theory, snippets from the modern history of violence and warfare and gleanings from a theological education. Draw Your Weapons is a masterpiece of understatement, allusion and wily composition. It works like a narrative photograph. It draws the eye to many places, a good number of which we’d rather not see.

She asks difficult questions: What should one do when faced with images of violence? Do I have a right to look at other peoples’ pain?
Most Booklovers finished the book, with a general recognition that the style generally worked in painting a picture – one we would rather not witness, but essential for provoking thought, discussion and perhaps action. Highly recommended.

Ratings: Claudia 2.5, Gail 4, Janet 4, Judith 5, Kim 4.5, Lynda 4, Margy 3.5, Marzena 3.5 and Nicola 4.

Our next meeting will be 9/09/19 at 6:30PM at Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) to discuss  The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

Hope to see you all there and happy reading!

 

About Us

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.

Preece HouseWe 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.
Feel free to have a look at our Booklist for 2019 and Newsletters in the sidebar. If you are reading this blog in a mobile device, switch to desktop view.

CONTACT DETAILS

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. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
For more information use the contact form.

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