Book Club Kicks Off with Science Fiction

Thank you one and all for attending the Literature Department’s first book club of 2013 that was led Mr. Mark Rozells. His sharing of Science Fiction was insightful and comprehensive and very effective in whetting our appetite and piquing our curiosity to delve deeper into the realms of Sci-Fi.

We would also like to say a special thanks to our librarians for displaying, for our easy retrieval, the extensive range of SF novels for loan.

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I cannot speak for all the attendees, but I believe most of us gained a substantial amount of knowledge during the course of this talk. Not only was this novel introduced to us – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick – , the genre of Science Fiction as a whole was explored. The historical context of some Sci-fi was presented; how artificial intelligence, the Mutually Assured Destruction theory and the detonation of atomic bombs in WWII triggered speculation about the future of the human race and influenced literature. Issues on whether mankind has reached its technological peak and will only regress from here on were raised, what defines a human being, whether humans are “playing God” and the repercussions of this. I believe that this talk has enabled us to read and savour Sci-fi with a slightly different perspective.There was quite a bit to ponder about, but all this was presented with a touch of humour, which is always appreciated.

Thanks Wileen for your thoughtful contribution.

Do keep a lookout for our next monthly book club in February.

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Book Club March 2012 – Holocaust Literature

In March, at our monthly book club, Ms Melissa Kwok invited us to take some time to reflect on the Holocaust, sharing extracts from If This is a Man by Primo Levi and Night by Elie Wiesel, and even showing us personal photos taken at Auswitch.  One of the extracts she recited was this moving poem from If This is a man:

 

You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes or a no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.
Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children,
Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.

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Literature Bookclub JANUARY

Welcome back to a brand new school year one and all!

The monthly Literature Bookclub resumes with its January session with a review of Being A Happy Teen.

Being A Happy Teen

This entertaining and practical book written by Andrew Matthews has lots of wise insights for teenagers on how to find happiness. It has many cool illustrations too. Miss Rona Tan, our School Counsellor will review the book and discuss these points:

  • Why does life hurt? Why do I need problems? Dealing with disappointments
  • Who am I ? How can I like myself? Feeling Good
  • How to deal with school bullies
  • What to do if I hate my parents
  • How do I overcome worry and fear?
  • How do I choose happiness?

Two panellists will be invited to share on how their teenage years were like, what difficulties they had and how they coped with it and overcame their problems.

The bookclub will take place at the library’s Cool Stuff Area on 27 January, Friday at these two lunch time sessions:

12.15 pm to 12.45 pm

&

12.45 pm to 1.15 pm

See you there!

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