Saturday, August 9, 2008

Next up!

The next book we read will be Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender. It's suggested by G. I'm really excited because Bender's An Invisible Sign of My Own is one of my personal faves.

The October selection is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. Book clubbers with busy scheds might want to get a headstart because it's rather long. It won the Pulitzer this year, so... it's probably pretty good.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1

Oh boy! We had our biggest turn-out yet at the book club meeting to discuss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 - including a special type of member little-seen at book clubs across the nation (from what I understand): men.

Those who think graphic novels are little more than adventure comics might be surprised by The League's copious literary references. Turns out so were about half of the attendees, for whom the (sometimes) obscure references passed right by (myself included). So, there was a lot of talk about 18th and 19th century British literature and influence, and the changes that have occurred across gender, cultural and racial lines, and how various people experienced reading a parody of some of those issues today. Once again, despite whether people liked or disliked the book, we had a really terrific conversation and (at least I) learned a lot.

Naturally, we also spent an obligatory amount of time talking about how terrible the Sean Connery movie was.

More than one person showed up with notes and lists of references - it's an interesting graphic novel because it can been read on a lot of different levels - it can be read at face value - an adventure, or it can be a real jumping-off point to learn/explore other (mostly) British literature, or it can be scoured for clues and references.

Read D's review on his website, DeBordian Perruque, or my review on Bookish.