The Dialogue Society Book Group - Meeting 26: Kokoro, by Natsume Soseki

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 18:30 in Community Engagement

Venue: Central London
Date: Tuesday, 28th January 2020
Time: 18:30-20:30

Publisher's synopsis of Kokoro, by Natsume Soseki:

Kokoro, meaning 'heart', is a tantalising novel about the friendship between a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls Sensei. Set in the early twentieth century, when the death of the emperor Meiji gave way to a new era in Japanese political and cultural life, the novel enacts the transition from one generation to the next in the dynamic between Sensei, who is haunted by mysterious events in his past, and the unnamed young man, one of the new generation's elite who will inherit the coming era.

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)

  • Arab in America, by Toufic El Rassi
  • Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  • Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  • My Sweet Orange Tree, José Mauro de Vasconcelos
  • Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Yokohama, California, Toshio Mori