We’ll meet in September for our first book club of the new tíc season; a gathering that sometimes has intense debates, but is always a lot of fun. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at a book club review from a few years ago!
review by Anne-Lise Artaud
This month’s book got quite exotic as we read about a very familiar and close topic to us, expats. Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb was a very interesting book about expatriation, how to deal with it, how to survive it and make the best out of it.
We were able to discuss the struggles and advantages of living an expat life. Maybe nothing as exotic as Japanese expatriation, but even if the Netherlands is a welcoming country, we still all had some struggles to face with this new culture and some adapting to do.
The book itself is about a lovely young lady from Belgium going to live one year abroad. She is going to Japan, a country where she already has some attachments and knows the language. Through this book she explains, with a lot of self-derision, the struggle of adapting to a new culture. Given that the culture is Japanese, the challenge is even harder because she has to face the eternal cleavage between East/West. It was very interesting to exchange ideas on this particular topic because, this life experience is very personal and even if we could relate to others’ experiences, this is still a very personal challenge. The book could demonstrate this fact by the powerful and sometimes exaggerated emotional encounters and by the way the author was relating high points of her personal experience.
It was a very charming read that permitted us all to laugh and remember good memories about our first steps in the Netherlands. It reminded us too, the reason why we made this choice and why we decided to give it a shot, finishing by transforming us into the best version of ourselves, thanks to the rich learnings we have through expatriation.
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Date: Wednesday, 4 Sept 2019
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 3 Sept 2019 (registration form below)
Member Cost: Free!
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)
As a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 US fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which…
reduced the once proudly beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens. For many years, Kurt tried to write about Dresden but the words would not come. When he did write about it, he combined his trademark humour, unfettered imagination, boundless humanity and keen sense of irony to create one of the most powerful anti-war books every written, and an enduring American classic.
Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller – these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. While centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
- `An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread. He is a true artist’ New York Times Book Review
- `The great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.’ George Saunders
Plenty of time in the summer to relax with a good and interesting book. Should you have time and a desire to read more, try one of the other suggested books :
- Normal People, by Salley Rooney (304 pages)
- The Sirens of Titan, by Kunt Vonnegut (224 pages)
- Everything is Illuminated, by Johathan Safran Foer (276 PAGES)
Wishing everyone a wonderful and relaxing summer, with plenty of time for a good book.
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Did you know that with the tíc membership card, you can get a day pass to shop at the Tilburg wholesale store, Sligro?
Sligro is a modern, volume-shopping warehouse that covers 11.000 m² and offers fresh produce, wine, food and food supply items. Typical clients of Sligro are businesses, restaurants and self-employed business owners that buy their supplies in bulk. Sligro also has in-store samples of many of their food items as well as product tasting evenings.
With the tíc membership card shown at the door*, our members can shop like the professionals or just stock up on kitchen favourites!
Check the Sligro website for information about their assortment and opening hours!
*Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to enter.
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