About last night’s book club and announcing our book for June – The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien

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Our book club met last night to discuss the brilliant ‘Slaughterhouse Five’. It was universally liked by the group. The big debate centered around whether Billy Pilgrim was mad or whether he actually timed-travelled.   As one member pointed out, the name of the planet, Tralfamadore, sounded quite a lot like a prescription drug, thus suggesting that Vonnegut wanted us to  think that Billy wasn’t travelling through time but was in fact mad and hallucinating.  All concurred that as an example of postmodern literature there can be no one meaning of the book and that was no bad thing.

Next month we’ll be reading ‘The Third Policeman’ by Flann O’Brien. I’m personally excited about this one as, not only have I never read it, I’d never actually heard of it before. However I’m reliably informed that it was part inspiration for Lost and features an unrequited love story love between a man and his bicycle.

If you’re interested in joining us to discuss O’Brien’s cult novel come along on Monday 25th June to Map Cafe you can book your place here. If you’re interested in linking your book club with ours or want us to help you set up a Byte the Book Book Club local to you then please do get in touch at info@bytethebook.com

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