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

Focus Questions

  1. How representative are Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty and co. of the countercultural Beat Generation in America in the immediate post-war period? What social and moral conventions do they challenge?
  2. How would you characterise the lifestyle of Moriarty, in particular, and how do you account for the narrator’s idolisation of him?
  3. How are women generally depicted in the novel?
  4. Comment on some of the interesting aspects of immediate post-war American society Kerouac critiques as the gang travels around the nation. How is the final journey to Mexico portrayed?
  5. What has changed, if anything, since Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” in the gang’s understanding of the American Dream?
  6. To what extent would you consider this prototypal road and buddy novel equally a quest novel? Does Kerouac’s own self-confessed mystical bent receive an airing in the novel?
  7. How do you react to Kerouac’s experimental writing technique of “spontaneous prose”?
  8. Find examples of Kerouac’s literary virtuosity.


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