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Book Club Invite: Not Before Sundown

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Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2020
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 25 August 2020 (registration form below)
Member Cost: Free!
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)
Location: Tilburg (to be announced)

We have selected for our next book club …

            Not Before Sundown  by Johanna Sinisalo

Mikael, a young gay photographer, finds in the courtyard of his apartment block a small, man-like creature. It is a young troll, known from Scandinavian mythology as a demonic wild beast, a hybrid like the werewolf.

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Supposedly extinct, today it is regarded as a hairy, cuddly toy by Nordic children. Mikael gives the troll a name, Pessi, and takes him home and hides him. The first thing Mikael does is research everything he can about trolls from the internet, from folklore, nature journals and newspaper cuttings. What Mikael does not discover is that trolls exude pheromones that smell like a Calvin Klein aftershave and that this has a profound aphrodisiac effect on all those around him. Shooting an assignment for an ultra-hip brand of jeans, Mikael finds himself fast-tracked into a dangerous liaison with Martes, the sexually ambivalent art director of the advertising agency concerned, while a couple of his friends in turn fall in love with him because he carries the troll’s scent. What Mikael fails above all to learn, with tragic consequences, is that Pessi the troll is the interpreter of man’s darkest, most forbidden impulses.

Johanna Sinisalo is an international fantasy best-seller (published in America as Troll) and winner of the Finlandia Prize.

Reviews:

A punk version of The Hobbit. –USA Today

Chillingly seductive.’ –Independent, Best Reads of 2003

The fun thing about a book discussion group is that it introduces one to new and interesting authors and books you would not ordinarily come in contact with and this book is in that category!

We hope you will decide to get and read this interesting book and will join us to talk about it together.

In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful summer. While it may be a different summer than you had originally planned, I hope it’s a good one, with – of course! – plenty of time to relax with a good book 🙂
Anne

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