Book Club

Description: The Book Club meets every 6 weeks to discuss a current book for review. If you like to read and to talk about books this is for you – or you can just listen to what others have to say.  Give it a go.

Coordinator: Alan Corkhill

Day: See list below

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Shed

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Book List 2021

D.H. Lawrence, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” (1928; 1960) [explores early sexual liberation and its clash with mainstream morality and the law]

Focus Questions
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1. How do the various controllers of the A.F. world order put into practice the Fordian  motto “Community, Identity, Stability”?
2. What in the novel must be sacrificed for the collective good and for social stability?
3. What forms of social conditioning are implemented to ensure the smooth running of this brave new world?
4. What price must Bernard Marx and John Savage pay for questioning the new orthodoxy?
5. How is happiness defined, achieved/induced, and how does it differ from historical notions about bliss and wellbeing?
6. Discuss the novel as political allegory, namely in the context of Stalinism and the rise of Fascism. What societal changes in the novel are uncannily akin to those of our own age or the not too distant future?
7. What arguments are advanced for the creation of an artificially inseminated caste hierarchy of human beings, the trashing of high culture, the questioning of science and the abolition of God?

 

Book List 2021

Graham Greene, “Brighton Rock” (1938) [a murder thriller that explores gangland violence and its societal roots]. JULY 22

George Orwell, “Animal Farm” (1945) [a veiled critique of Marxist tenets].  SEPTEMBER 2 

Sarah Waters, “Fingersmith” (2000) [a retrospective look at gender and class inequality in the poorhouses, prisons and asylums of Victorian England] OCTOBER 14

Zadie Smith, “White Teeth” (2002) [set in 1970s London, the novel is constructed around two families from very different backgrounds, ethnically and socially] NOVEMBER 25

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Any enquiries: Alan Corkhill  Email: a.corkhill127@gmail.com 045 012 7270