The Dialogue Society Book Group - Meeting 23: Aleph, By Paulo Coelho

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 18:30 in Community Engagement

Venue: Central London
Date: Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
Time: 18:30-20:30


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Publisher's synopsis of Aleph, By Paulo Coelho:

Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, Paulo decides to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian railroad, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Aleph is an encounter with our fears and our sins; a search for love and forgiveness, and the courage to confront the inevitable challenges of life.

About the Dialogue Society Book Group

The Dialogue Society Book Group explores the capacity of books to provide windows into different cultural and intercultural worlds. We will be choosing a series of quality novels to read and then to discuss together at relaxed, sociable gatherings at the Dialogue Society. Participants are welcome to suggest books for future sessions.

Participants will need to find a copy of the book chosen for each meeting and will need to read it prior to the meeting. Books will generally be available from local libraries.

Over refreshments we will have a conversation about the book and our responses to it. Discussion may cover:

  • the quality of the storytelling
  • the authenticity and accuracy with which a historical/cultural situation is portrayed
  • our personal responses to it

You do not need to be an expert on literature or anything else to join in. The group should be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys a good book and likes discovering new ones.

Prospective books for future sessions (NB we are open to suggestions)

  • An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Arab in America, by Toufic El Rassi
  • Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  • Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  • Kokoro, Natsume Souseki
  • Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out, Mo Yan
  • My Sweet Orange Tree, José Mauro de Vasconcelos
  • Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Yokohama, California, Toshio Mori