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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society

by Melissa Dondersbook-club-logo

Reading the book ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ made me reflect on the way that I came to be part of  TIC and what it means to me to be part of a bookclub.

The characters in the book ‘accidentally’ formed their literary (or bookclub) society during the WWII German occupation whilst living on the island of Guernsey. From this literary society, friendships formed, connections made and lives changed while they supported each other through an obviously difficult time during the war.
I had been a part of a bookclub in Australia, which I loved, so when I arrived in the Netherlands at the end of 2015 I googled ‘English speaking bookclub’ and the TIC website came up, which gave me valuable information, not only for the bookclub, but for other events and ways to meet other expats.
There’s something special about getting together with a group of people, who, you may or may not see outside of bookclub, and connecting over a book. You’ve all got a common goal – reading and then discussing the same book. Sometime in the last month, you have all read the same words on paper, maybe interpreting them in different ways or not. And at some stage you realise you have come to know the people you meet once a month or so, as nearly everyone puts their personal view, experience and personality forward when discussing a book.
Whether you search for a book club or accidentally become part of one, just like in the book, being able to connect with people over a book you either love or hate can cross all social, religious, racial and gender barriers and can help you form friendships in a foreign world.

Invitation to Book Club: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Date: Thursday, 17 May 2018book-club-logo
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 16 May 2018 (registration form below)
Cost: Free for members
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

For our next book, we selected: Born a Crime, by Treveor Noah (304 pages) 
Here’s a little about this unique autobiography:
WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE
The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
One of the comedy world’s brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.
Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away.
A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man’s fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother – a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.
Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah’s own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.

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I hope you will decide to read this inspiring story and join us as we talk about it.

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Match review! Willem II vs. Roda JC

by Andrew Kelly

A visit to Willem II is becoming an annual occurrence for TIC and I must say we need to keep doing it, as they always win!!

It was a great turnout of 14 people and probably 50% of our group had never seen Willem II play live. After finding our places and singing the Williem II song, I would like to say, at this point, it was already really, really cold! The game began!!

There was a minute silence to commemorate an old player of Willem II & Roda who had passed away a few days earlier. It really showed how people can come together and have respect for the game.

And then, after only 14 minutes, Willem II made the first and only goal of the game. I am afraid to say the quality of football was not the best, but for a price tag of 8 euro a ticket, you can’t beat it. Roda never gave up and did fight for the ball resulting in two yellow cards being given; one for Willem II and one for Roda.

It’s always a great day out, but just don’t think you are going to see Barcelona, but of course you can always be pleasantly surprised.

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Review of I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

book-club-logoreviewed by Anne van Oorschot and Mala Raman

We had a super evening a great turn out to discuss this thought provoking book. As we settled into the lovely new home of one of our long-standing members and munched on the delicious snacks our hostess provided, we talked about I Am Malala, our most recent book.
All had liked it and the book gave many good points for discussion – how happy Malala’s family life was, despite the dangerous situation due to the ever increasing influence of the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan. The American’s in the group remarked on how little real information they had received via television/Internet/newspaper coverage of this time period; how little they understood the full political, military and cultural ramifications.
The group talked about how different Malala’s family’s “exile” to England is from our voluntary residence in Tilburg, yet how many similar challenges we face as strangers in a new culture. In spite of Malala’s multitude of awards including the Nobel Peace Prize, worldwide recognition and activism at the highest international levels, how her voice was that of a regular teenager with the trials and tribulation of a regular kid in many ways. We can recommend this inspiring book to all 🙂

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