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 2020

John Steinbeck, “The Grapes of Wrath” (1939) – 6 February

Jack Kerouac, “0n the Road” (1953) – 19 March

Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” (1953) – 23 April

Focus Questions

  1. What do you understand by dystopian fiction, which elements do we find in the novel and are there any literary precedents that run parallel to Bradbury’s content?
  2. What does the novel owe to the sub genre of science fiction?
  3. To what extent is the novel’s context shaped by US society around the time of writing. Consider inter alia a) the media, b) consumerism, c) the threat of nuclear war.
  4. What are some of the contrasting views that are presented by the main characters, Beatty, Montag, Faber, regarding the value of books? Who represent the cherished hope that book knowledge, especially the literary canon, will not disappear from collective memory?
  5. How is the American quest for happiness trivialized within the circles in which Montag moves? What is the latter’s definition of happiness?
  6. Why is Montag attracted to Clarisse?
  7. Read Matthew Arnold’s poem “Dover Beach”, which is quoted in the novel, and consider its relevance.
  8. What is the significance of the Salamander and Phoenix?
  9. Comment on Bradbury’s compositional style and language.

John Updike, “Rabbit, Run” (1960) – 4 June
Joseph Heller, “Catch-22” (1961) – 16 July
Norman Mailer, “The Executioner’s Song” (1979) – 27 August
Alice Walker, “The Colour Purple” (1982) – 1 October
Toni Morrison, “Home” (2012) – 12 November

Any enquiries: Alan Corkhill  Email: 045 012 7270

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