May 2021

The Time of Our Lives by Robert Dessaix

Dessaix’s special skill is to be able to ask the deepest and most complex questions while appearing to be chatting amiably with the reader, all the while performing the literary equivalent of an enchanting dance.
The Time of Our Lives might be a collection of personal essays in the tradition of Montaigne, or it might be a memoir, or a self-revealing, quasi-fiction of the kind Karl Ove Knausgaard has made so compelling, or it might be a series of meditations.

At the Brisbane Writers Festival in May 2021, Dessaix spoke of his particular talent for “gossip”. This talent provides an opportunity for the reader to explore many aspects of growing older, and its natural consequence – death. He has suggested that his future still offers “the best time of his life”. For Dessaix, an abundant inner life is what will sustain us ‘right through to the end’ and it is:
… something which happens when we open up to what surrounds us and then dance it, speak it, write it, sing it, love it, turn it upside down and inside out behind our eyes.

Gold Coast Booklovers enjoyed the chance to ponder their own future and the future of their loved ones. Some thought Dessaix precocious in his choice of references to his own privileged life. Others relished these references to literature, philosophy, music and cultural understanding. In fact, they were already widening their own “inner life” by exploring new issues.

The Time of Our Lives is, by turns, philosophical, down-to-earth, sad and funny.

With thanks for references from the internet.

Ratings: Janet Jenny and Vivienne 4, Lynda and Sandy 3.5, Kim, Margie and Pauline 3.

Our next meeting will be at Preece House on 14/06/21 at 6:30PM to discuss All that I am by Anna Funder.

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 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.
Feel free to have a look at our Booklist for 2021 and Newsletters in the sidebar. If you are reading this blog in a mobile device at the bottom of the page.

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. If the Covid19 restrictions for live meetings are on, we meet online. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
For more information use the contact form.
 

 

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