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.
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Don't tempt me, Grad, don't tempt me! How is one supposed to get ANY work done??!!ReplyDelete
Litlove's potted biography of Zwieg was great, wasn't it? And don't worry, the canon is full of authors I've not read nor even heard of, and I have letters after my name that make people think I've read every book ever published. Fat. Chance. But spending my life trying to catch up is wonderful - I know you agree.
Doctordi, Oh, don't I know about the time taken away from work. I am looking very worringly at my billable hours. I had Internet service removed from my home so that I would not be tempted to get on-line during the evenings and weekends...the laundry was piling up, the dog had all four legs crossed pleading, "take me out, take me out." So, I try to do all my on-line stuff at the office. You're right about Litlove and catching up.ReplyDelete
Good strategy, and since I work from home, I try not to turn my computer on over the weekend... as it is my husband thinks all this blogging is very fishy...ReplyDelete
Awww, big hugs to you both. I came here just to say, yeah, the Slaves rock, but it's very nice to hear you both liked the post. And I can only agree on the impossibility of ever reading as much as one would want to. But by god, I'll be giving it a try.ReplyDelete