February Book Club Reads

February Book Club Reads

February 02, 2020 2 Comments

Our book club picks for February are The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, and Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge.  

If you'd like to be notified of upcoming meeting dates, please email shelly@bluerockgallery.ca.  But no need to attend meetings to be a part of the club - we'd love to have you participate in the discussion by sharing your thoughts in the comments!

2 Responses

Zack Straker
Zack Straker

February 26, 2020

Hello Shelly. I am very disappointed we will be unable to attend this meeting of the book club as we have been gifted a Journey that we couldn’t pass up.
I have however read both of the books. And I am hoping that it is ok to give my experiences here in the blog to be shared.
The books, as stated, I read them both.
First. Silence – In the Age of Noise. by Erling Kagge
I had huge expectations. Looking very forward to enlightenment from this , to me, unknown author on a great topic. Having read some of Jon Kabat Zinn’s work on Mindfulness, a perhaps, deeper appreciation of Silence was hoped for. I was deeply disappointed. There are lots of quotes from Others and a sharing of personal and family experiences that leads the writer to his personal connection to his Silence. I did not get any real better understanding of Silence in the Age of Noise.
I rate this book as a 4.5 out of 10.
Ah, Secondly.
The Course of Love – Alain De Botton.
Again unknown to me. First off. A Novel, Hmmm?
Perhaps in the possibility the characters are fictitious?or a Novel Idea?
Possibly the “Truman Show” under a narrative Dr’s ey?
This book did pull me. Often a bit to close to the bone for comfort. The analyst"s evaluations and comments after important intervals were, at times, the most interesting parts. I often viewed Rabih and Kristin as the lab Rats. Glad it wasn’t a clip of my life! A laugh here and there, perhaps again, from a personal glimpse into that time or event.
Yes, this is us. Or is it just a Novel?
I gauge a books merit on a couple of criteria.
(1) Did it entertain, or enlighten? Keep my interest?
(2) Was I moved?
(3) If a book is really good for me, I ask myself, "Who will I give this to
Though I struggled with this book, mostly for personal reasons, about half way through, I was asking myself, who’s getting this from Me???
So, I give this book a 7. No, an 11. No, an 8. Oh Hell 9!!!
Thanks to whom ever suggested it!


February 26, 2020

I ended up reading both books this month and I enjoyed them both, but The Course of Love was by far the book I could just not put down. The poetic interweaving of a fictional story with rich characters and the psychology of relationships was the perfect balance for both sides of my brain. Alain de Botton had a way of taking average people and turning them into unique characters you could relate to. I cannot wait to read more by this author.

Silence was a quick read, and I enjoyed it as well. It is a thought-provoking book that leaves you wondering how much room you allow in your own life for space and silence. The reflections from the author’s awe-inspiring trips add richness to the book.

I can’t wait for next month’s choices!

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