Books & Meetings

For making contact, or for more information about the book club, meetings or meeting venue, please email the coordinator Tricia using  tricia@farnham.humanist.org.uk

Next book:

‘Kim’ by Rudyard Kipling (1901)

This will be discussed on Monday November 15th 2021 at 1pm at a local pub over lunch if people wish. Please contact the coordinator Tricia by e-mail for more information tricia@farnham.humanist.org.uk

Synopsis
Kim is an orphan who earns his living begging on the streets of Lahore. One day he befriends an aged Tibetan Lama who, although content to live simply in India, is a rich and powerful abbot in his own country. When the Lama recruits Kim as a disciple and then funds his education at an English public school an adventure begins that will take the unlikely pair to the Himalayas on a thrilling journey of espionage and enlightenment.

Media Reviews
No summary can do this marvellous, rich and unforgettable novel anything like justice — Philip Pullman
The greatest of all Kipling’s books — E. M. Forster
I’m a passionate fan of Kipling. I think Kim is a singular and extraordinary novel, one of the greatest in English — A. A. Gill
I don’t just admire, I adore Kim — Mark Tully
The great adventure of identity, intrigue and India, and several other things too, including the extraordinary potency of words * Guardian *

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The book after that:

‘VENGEANCE’ – George Jonas (1984)

Meeting to be arranged.

Waterstones review
Synopsis
The gripping true story of the Israeli-led hunt for the men responsible for the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, which has inspired Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film epic ‘Munich’.

‘Avner’ was an agent of only twenty-six when he was summoned out of relative obscurity to head a specialist Israeli team crack team and track down the men responsible for the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munch Olympics in 1972.

Vengeance is the awesome account of this operation: it retells how the team set about their task with ruthless application, stalking their Palestinian targets and carrying out precisely timed executions. But it also reveals the other side of the coin: the terrible paradox that results when those in power, in a desperate bid against terrorism, resort to the very tactics of their enemies.

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