ICC Book Club
November 14, 2018
India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035
September’s book selection, Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” gave us a lot to think about. All of us who attended (and those who emailed comments) agreed that this was a high-quality book written by one of America’s pre-eminent novelist, and gave it high ratings (from 8 to 10). Many of you expressed interest in reading other novels written by Roth.The novel, often described as an altered historical reality, was frightening in its description of both autobiographical details and political events. In our discussions, we tried to keep the focus not so much on the politics as the effect of the politics on the Roth family unit, but the similarities between Lindberg’s America and our present environment were hard to ignore. Many of you commented on similarities between what was experienced by the Jewish community in the United States and present day attacks on minority groups. Still, we agreed that the force of the book came not so much from the grand political events but the more intimate family details. The novel opened with this sentence, “Fear presides over these memories”, and ended with the last chapter titled “Perpetual Fear” – and brought home the truth that fear once experienced, especially during childhood, never quite leaves us.The book club meets next on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7 PM – a little earlier than usual to accommodate the Thanksgiving holidays. Book Club Members want to celebrate the 7th year of our book club – we first met in November 2011! The plan was to bring food to the meeting – if you so choose. Bring whatever you want, and let’s not fuss about who brings what.The next book (selected from Bella Hayes-Roth’s wish list from more than a year ago) is Diksha Basu’s “The Windfall”. It appears to be a light-hearted comedy about newly-rich Indians, and received good reviews.See you all in November!
Are you a bookworm? Do you want to be part of a group that has like-minded people who love to read and discuss your kind of books. Do you want to launch into enthralling plot line debates, argue about your favorite authors and use the book club forum to tell other readers which parts made you laugh and cry, which parts made you angry, and why the book is a must-read.
Come join ICC’s new book club – we will meet once every 2 months, talk about a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, and maybe flavor the evening with spicy snacks and pungent arguments.
Looking for a good book? Consider one of the ICC Book Club’s past reads.
- The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
- The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
- The Guide – R.K. Narayan
- Hullaballoo in the Guava Orchard – Kiran Desai
- The Shadow Lines – Amitav Ghosh
- Life of Pi – Yann Martel
- Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai
- The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
- Evening is the Whole Day – Preeta Samarasan
- Riot – Shashi Tharoor
- The Hamilton Case – Michelle de Krestser
- Such a Long Journey – Rohinton Mistry
- The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
- Anil’s Ghost – Michael Ondaatje
- Half a Life – V.S. Naipaul
- Cracking India – Bapsi Sidhwa
- Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
- An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Golden Gate – Vikram Seth
- Brick Lane – Monica Ali
- The Lady and the Monk – Pico Iyer
- The Twentieth Wife – Indu Sundaresan
- The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie
Book recommendations gratefully accepted. The book must have a connection with the Asian sub-continent, be worthy of discussion, and preferably not exceed 350 pages.
For more information, please contact Sheila Mohan.
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