The Dialogue Society Book Group - Meeting 32: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 18:00 in Forthcoming

Venue: Online
Date: Thursday, 10th December 2020
Time: 18:00-19:30


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In this session of the Dialogue Society Book Group, we will explore Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck on Thursday, 10th December 2020 at 6pm.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck:

Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually, they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes of friendship and shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work, achieving success as a novel, Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

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.

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)

  • Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie
  • The Rest of the Robots, Isaac Asimov
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

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