Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Slaves of Golconda
I am a newly inducted Slave of Golconda - I'm having a marvelous time. For those of you who do not already know, this is a book group - reading group - well, call it what you will. It is very much an on-line book club and is inspiring. The book we are discussing now is The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig, a German writer I had never heard of...inexplicably. Becoming familiar with an author for the first time when one is "of a certain age" is one of the advantages of an inadequate education. I think I enjoy the discovery more at this stage of life. Zweig writes poignantly and beautifully, although I'm sure he was tortured by his own demons (he took his own life, you see.) Like any good book club, the other "Slaves" provide a thought provoking point-counterpoint in their discussions, adding a certain seasoning and nuance to the work itself. I foresee that becoming a "Slave" is the beginning of a beautiful friendship (stealing a line from ole' Bogie). Anyone looking for a good place to perch while fluttering around on-line book clubs, er...readng groups...um...book groups - oh, hell -- you might want to check out this blog.