Category Archives: 2012 Selections

Photos of India and Nepal

In light of our club’s extensive conversations about “The White Tiger,” and the Indian culture, I’d like to share with our reading club this photo show of images taken by my friend, Steve Sholl, on a recent trip to India … Continue reading

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Wolfing Away

It seems that I am not the only one to question Hillary Mantel’s writing style or skills, whichever of the latter comes first, while it may be true that a linguist or an skilled writer may have it easier reading … Continue reading

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He Liked Her Wolf Hall but He cannot Himself Repress His Annoyance at Her Writing Style

(Image of a collage by the artist Jess, taken from Jess O! Tricky Cad & Other Jessoterica, Siglio, Los Angeles, 2012) Overall, I enjoyed Wolf Hall for the same reasons mentioned by several members of our book club during our … Continue reading

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A Linguistic Analysis of a Passage of Wolf Hall

The original version of this post contains special editing that does not show up properly on wordpress. To view the post in a word document that preserves the editing properly, click this link to view a word file (.docx) Analysis … Continue reading

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December Selection: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

At our meeting on December 4, 2012 we discussed Neil Bergeson’s selection, Wolf Hall (2009) by Hilary Mantel. Neil provides the following post-discussion comments: Thanks to each of you for the rousing, entertaining and intelligent discussion of Wolf Hall. What … Continue reading

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Part 3: The Muslim Persian Poets of Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger

[NOTE: This is my third and final post about The White Tiger. To visit my second post click here. For the first post click here.] “I’ll say it was all worthwhile to know, just for a day, just for an … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs’ Biological Father: A Local Connection

During our discussion of the Steve Jobs biography at our October meeting, I was surprised to learn from member David Smith that Jobs’ biological father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, taught at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma in the 1970’s. Even … Continue reading

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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

At our November 6 meeting we discussed Peter Farnum’s selection: Dava Sobel, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Penguin Books, 1996.

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Balram’s Bildungsroman Part 2

The Muslim Persian Poets in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger [Note: Click here to see Part 1 in this series of posts] Here’s a strange fact: murder a man, and you feel responsible for his life—possessive, even.  You know more … Continue reading

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Balram’s Bildungsroman

The Muslim Persian Poets in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger  “I have no need for the ear of today — I am the voice of the poet of tomorrow!”(Muhammad Iqbal, see source citation at end of post) “I am tomorrow.”(Balram Halwai, … Continue reading

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