Christ Church Book Club
Christ Church Book Club!
7:00pm. Third Tuesday of the Month. An eclectic choice of a great range of books, one main book or excerpt per evening, along with reference to other books, for discussion and debate. Open to all and everyone! One hour. Where? Coronation Room, Christ Church Parish Hall, 7 Wentworth Street, Windsor, Nova Scotia. Contact: David Curry 798-2454.
Dates: September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, 2013;
January 21st, February 18th, & May 20th, 2014
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013. Elizabeth Goudge’s The Dean’s Watch and Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand are two charming novels about love and service, duty and self-understanding that are full of intriguing and interesting observations about the human soul in the context of community and culture. They are available from www.amazon.ca for $ 12.65 and $ 12.99 respectively.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013. The Geometry of Love by the Canadian philosopher and writer, Margaret Visser, provides a fascinating and most thoughtful study in the matter of reading the meaning of buildings, in this case, the Church of St. Agnes Outside the Walls in Rome, that complements the equally fascinating and detailed historical, theological, and political account of the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King. The books are available from www.amazon.ca for $ 14.56 and $ 18.14 respectively.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. Sebastian Faulk’s 2010 novel, A Week in December, examines the perplexities and confusions of contemporary culture economically, culturally, socially, and intellectually through a diverse set of characters whose lives are unknowingly interconnected in the dystopia of the City of London during a week in December 2007. A kind of commentary on the economic debacle of 2008, the novel raises some of the kinds of questions that Michael Sandel, Harvard Professor of Government, explores in What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. They are available from www.amazon.ca for $ 15.16 and $ 18.87 respectively.
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. Amin Maalouf’s novel, Leo Africanus, written in 1986 and translated in 1988, opens a window on the tensions and contradictions as well as the forms of interaction and convivencia between the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures of 15th century Spain. In another way, John W. Malley’s tour de force, Four Cultures of the West, reflects upon the diversities and the complementarities of different ways of thinking about the modern Western world historically through four modalities of culture. The books are available from www.amazon.ca for $ 13.68 and $ 20.35 respectively.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014. Cultural confusions and collisions are also explored in two rather disturbing novels, 419, by the Canadian writer, Will Ferguson ($ 20.96, www.amazon.ca), and The Watch, by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya ($ 18.77, www.amazon.ca); the one dealing with the money-laundering scams in the global world in relation to themes of desperation and corruption in contemporary Nigeria (echoes of Chinua Achebe’s novels, Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease); the other, partly based on Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone, looks at the clashes of culture and ignorance in modern day Afghanistan.
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. The 2007 CBC Massey Lectures featured the outstanding literary figure, Alberto Manguel. Collected into The City of Words ($ 13.83, www.amazon.ca), they speak powerfully to the importance of literature and its voice in contemporary culture. In complementary fashion, William Power’s Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age ($ 12.26, www.amazon.ca), provides at once a thoughtful and practical approach to negotiating the digital world, arguing for the virtues of ‘being connected’, to be sure, while also showing the necessity and the importance of a kind of intentional ‘disconnectedness’, expanding in part on a theme signaled by Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google who advised a graduating class in 2009, “Turn off your computer. You’re actually going to have to turn off your phone and discover all that is human around us.” At issue are very much the things that belong to the dignity and spiritual nature of our humanity, perhaps best captured in Power’s subtitle!