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People of the Book - POSTPONED

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room 3, 2nd Floor, Administrative Bldg.

Contact: Judith Davidoff, jmdavidoff@bellsouth.net, 305.665.0012

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People of the Book Club is for women who like to read and talk about ideas. We focus on books with some Jewish content and/or whose author is Jewish. Fiction or non-fiction, older books or contemporary ones, even some combination of shorter works (for example, essays, short stories, journalism) — all are chosen to spur serious discussion of the works’ literary qualities (if fiction), and about their Jewish themes, social issues, moral and ethical controversies, and the like.

Monday, August 12th, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Meeting Room 3, 2nd Floor, Administrative Bldg.

The Persistence of Memory

by Tony Eprile

A South African man with an inconvenient near-photographic memory is the protagonist of this gently satirical novel chronicling the injustices of the secret 1980s wars in Namibia and Angola.

As a boy, Paul Sweetbread is fat and sensitive, the Jewish son of an exterminator father and temperamental mother. After doing poorly at his local university, Paul enlists in the army. Although he has all manner of comrades, from the scholarly and cynical Roelof to his cocky and demanding semi-mentor Captain Lyddie, Paul's corpulence often makes him the butt of jokes. He eventually becomes part of an army filming crew, capturing several scandalously violent battle episodes on film. Paul's version of the events he witnesses — most notably the unnecessary massacre of a group of homeward-bound soldiers after a cease-fire has been decreed — is called into question at a trial before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where a psychiatrist from Paul's childhood cartoonishly appears to pronounce his old patient unstable, and Captain Lyddie, too, stands against him. But Paul is a survivor, and he bobs up again, finally embarking on a civilian life that promises to be more placid. Eprile sometimes gets carried away on the tide of his acrobatic, erudite prose, but this is a clever, bitingly human bildungsroman.

We hope you'll be intrigued and will join us.
RSVP to Judith Davidoff, jmdavidoff@bellsouth.net, 305.665.0012.

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