Hope everybody’s had a wonderful and relaxing summer with lots of excellent reading, both old and new books. The Field Notes Book Group has been on hiatus for the summer, but now we’re gearing up for the fall season, and we hope you’ll all be back for more reading, coffee, donuts and exciting discussions.
Our next meeting will be on September 17 (the third Saturday of the month), from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Gallery at the Field Library, as usual, and our first book will be Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts, copies of which are on hold and available in the Field Library.
Shantaram is a big, sprawling book, based loosely on the author’s own life, that’s filled with adventure and excitement, set in India, recommended by one of our members. Our protagonist, Lin, begins the story by escaping from a maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming city of Bombay (now Mumbai), India, where, with a false passport, he hopes to create a new life for himself. However, it’s not as easy as he thinks to recreate himself. At the same time he’s working in a clinic for the poorest of the poor, he’s also serving an apprenticeship in the Indian Mafia. He encounters war, prison torture, betrayal and love, all the while meeting and encountering a Dickensian cast of prostitutes, beggars, gangsters and people without names and pasts they’re willing to share.
Throw yourself into the world of Shantaram and then join us on September 17 to discuss, argue and relive the adventure.