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I am happy to announce our next book club selection, one of my personal favourites.

It is a jewel of a book entitled:

My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk.

The book has been dubbed a philosophical thriller; its themes are rich and diverse, it is a murder mystery, a love story, a treatise on art and so much more. It is already considered a classic although it was published in 1998.
I hope to see many of you.
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  • EddieCrocker - I just purchased the book this week so I hope to get as far as I can. I look forward to meeting you all!
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  • LouisaB - Dammit another weekend when I will be legging it back from the UK. Assuming I am not too broken (will avoid drink all weekend...) I will come along :)
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Orhan Pamuk

Sagitta, to add the time to the event, I think you have to choose "Ranged Event" when you create it, and then it gives you time options. Anyway, we know the time

From reading the reviews of the book online, it looks like a great choice. And let me say this - I am so grateful that the book club is going well, that all are enjoying, that we have new subscribers, and at the same time it feels like family in a way. I am also very happy that I am getting to know authors I wouldn't have thought of reading on my own.

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Re: Zurich Book Club - Orhan Pamuk

Thank YOU, Boker Tov, I am also very happy to see how well it's working and how fun it is!

great book, Sagitta, I'm going to read it on my iphone as suggested by warbash - so looking forward to my next train ride to Italy this week

Boker Tov, best wishes for the next days!!!
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I agree, the feeling of familiarity is unbeatable. I was very comfortable with you all last Sunday and I can't wait for the next instalment.
I only hope I will be half as prepared as warbash was for the duscussion. She was so enthusiastic about Max Frisch, which was quite infectious.
And Venice, thanks for the tip about The New York review of books. I have been reading the latest issue and it has been a pleasure.
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Hi all,

back in action, recovery is going very well. I stopped by the Zentralbibliothek and picked up a copy of Mr. Pamuk's work. I can't wait to start!!!

See you all soon enough.
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I am in LOVE with this book. I am greatly enjoying looking up the historical references, googling examples of the miniatures, the love, the mystery...You know, in many ways it reminds me of "Il Nome della Rosa" (The name of the rose?) from Italian writer Umberto Eco. I am really, really looking forward to our discussion on Sunday.

(I will omit the fact that I still have about 200 pages to go...)
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I am in LOVE with this book. I am greatly enjoying looking up the historical references, googling examples of the miniatures, the love, the mystery...You know, in many ways it reminds me of "Il Nome della Rosa" (The name of the rose?) from Italian writer Umberto Eco. I am really, really looking forward to our discussion on Sunday.

(I will omit the fact that I still have about 200 pages to go...)
Yeah, I am sure Pamuk consciously alludes to The Name of the Rose, even the titles are similar, aren't they?
Looking forward to Sunday!
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Orhan Pamuk

I'll have to keep an eye on this club for when I move to Zurich next month! What types of books do you all tend to read here?
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I'll have to keep an eye on this club for when I move to Zurich next month! What types of books do you all tend to read here?
I will let Boker Tov explain in detail because the book club is her brainchild. :-)
Let me just say that you will be very welcome and it is the members who make the club.
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Orhan Pamuk

I am so sorry to say I will not be able to join you lucky guys on sunday!
we have to urgently go to italy for family business and unfortunately it only works this weekend.

the book is magic and sensual, Sagitta, true to your introduction of it! I perfectly agree with Boker Tov. My favourite feature is the way every chapter represents a character (human or not!) and is in the first person, this is really original and very inspiring.
I wish I could ask you all my open questions - maybe I still can??

I hope to read some comment here and wish you a great discussion!
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I'll have to keep an eye on this club for when I move to Zurich next month! What types of books do you all tend to read here?
Hello musicalwonders, I hope you will join us when you get to Zurich! The more the merrier.

We meet about once a month/every six weeks, always on Sunday evening from 7-9pm, and take turns in picking a book. The reason for this is that, if the same person always picks the books, he/she will invariably be influenced by his/her own preferences and only pick books he/she likes. The participants to the book club all have different and very distinctive tastes, and I think it is very enriching to discover new authors that one may not have yet encountered.

In addition to the in-person meeting, people can also discuss their opinions and/or raise further points online, either in the event's thread, or more in general here.

So far, we met 3 times (next Sunday will be nr. 4) and we've read:

Salman Rushdie, "Midnight's Children" (picked by me)
Friedrich Durrenmatt, "The Pledge" (picked by Venice)
Max Frisch, "Man in the Holocene" (picked by Warbash)
Orhan Pamuk, "My name is Red" (picked by Sagitta)

All very different books, all very interesting in my opinion. The Pledge also prompted some of us to go see the play being represented at the theater here in Zurich, which was excellent.

Since we are a collection of different nationalities, there is absolute freedom as to the language in which you read the book, but the discussion is carried out in our common language, English, for the benefit of everyone. Let me add that the Zentralbibliothek (central library) in Zurich has a very good collection of books in various languages and lots of them in English - I am an affectionate user of this great resource, and have gotten most of my books from there.

So...hope to see you soon!

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I am so sorry to say I will not be able to join you lucky guys on sunday!
we have to urgently go to italy for family business and unfortunately it only works this weekend.

the book is magic and sensual, Sagitta, true to your introduction of it! I perfectly agree with Boker Tov. My favourite feature is the way every chapter represents a character (human or not!) and is in the first person, this is really original and very inspiring.
I wish I could ask you all my open questions - maybe I still can??

I hope to read some comment here and wish you a great discussion!
Oh no, hopefully nothing serious! Good luck and we all look forward to your comments on the thread! I will post some highlights of the discussion after Sunday.
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Oh, what a pity, venice! I would love to hear your comments and questions.
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Orhan Pamuk

Wow - so excited to come across this book club! Is it open for anyone interested in joining? I was in a book club in California and it was such a fantastic experience. I think I will try to knock this book out by Sunday so I can meet up with all of you. If not, I would love to join in next time. When will you post what the next book is?
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Wow - so excited to come across this book club! Is it open for anyone interested in joining? I was in a book club in California and it was such a fantastic experience. I think I will try to knock this book out by Sunday so I can meet up with all of you. If not, I would love to join in next time. When will you post what the next book is?
Absolutely, the more the merrier! Feel free to come even this Sunday if you like.

Typically, at the end of our discussion, we decide who picks the next book, and discuss when the next meeting will be. Then, whoever is picking (and in charge of organizing the next meeting) will post the title he/she picked and the next meeting location on the EF calendar.

Which reminds me: Sagitta, are we meeting at Stall 6 then? The weather doesn't look too promising for lake side
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Yeah, I think Stall 6 (Gessnerallee 8) it is.
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Wollishofener, we start at 7 pm and the meeting usually takes about two hours. Hope you can make it.
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Important announcement! Since there is a concert planned at Stall 6 for Sunday evening, I had to change the venue. We are meeting at Starbucks at Sihlquai at 7. It is open until 9 so we will have plenty of time. See you there!
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Important announcement! Since there is a concert planned at Stall 6 for Sunday evening, I had to change the venue. We are meeting at Starbucks at Sihlquai at 7. It is open until 9 so we will have plenty of time. See you there!
Thanks Sagitta for updating the location. I am really looking forward to the discussion. For those who will be joining us for the first time: I will have on the table a bright blue copy of the book, so you can spot me. Cheers!
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For those who will be joining us for the first time: I will have on the table a bright blue copy of the book, so you can spot me. Cheers!
Yep, we are quite easy to spot.

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