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  • in reply to: Looking to join a club in Mississauga/Oakville/ Burlington? #676

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    Our efforts to contact the Oakville Book Club has failed too so we have removed their listing. Please feel free to start a bookclub by sending us an email with details. There is no cost to post your ad with us.

    in reply to: How to include Book club in list of Book clubs #672

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    On the left side of the page is a big blue button with Email on it. Click on it. Send us an email with details of your club. Then we will start things rolling!

    in reply to: Book Club in Waterloo? #669

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    in reply to: I am looking to donate books #663

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    In the past, I have donated books to a prison. Just call a prison, ask to speak to the librarian, then see if they’re interested in the subjects, and get a mailing address or arrange a dropoff somewhere. This kind of giving feels great.

    in reply to: Ottawa Bookworms #628

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    Hello Rachel

    The email is active for Ottawa Bookworms.

    http://www.canadianbookclubs.com/on/ottbkwm.html

    If you still have problems with the email address. I can forward your address.

    in reply to: A Perfect Night To Go To China #609

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    Hello Paula

    Your question intrigued me enough to pick up this book!

    If this main character portrays a real man in a modern world, I sure haven’t met him yet. And that I am thankful for.

    I wondered whether Roman is believable. I was surprised Roman felt that his boy Simon was calling him. There’s no indication that he has felt psychic pulls before. In his diary, he writes about women, not about their souls, but of their bodies, tasting them. Then when his boy disappears, he enters an inner world that comprises of following his Simon’s image and voice, and talking to his dead mother in the underworld. He asks his mother whether she has seen Simon. Her affirmation is his evidence that Simon still lives.

    Roman’s world is all about him, confirmed by his career as a television host. Superficiality pervades his encounters with people. At a funeral for a previous university girlfriend who died of cancer, he finds it very odd that the woman’s daughter wants to remember her mother when she was beautiful, not how she looked when she died. He worries about people liking him and making a good impression.

    I loved the scene when Roman dines with his makeup woman’s family at a restaurant. A little bit of alcohol and after-effects of morphine created a fiery scene between two generations of like-minded men. Roman’s efforts with women including his ex-wife, Simon’s mom shows his unawareness of soulful perceptions. But this shallowness is not just with women. He does not understand that police suspect he took Simon himself and has hidden him somewhere. Behind that suspicion is no question on motivation for such an act comprises a characteristic intention Roman does not possess.

    He does have spunk, though. Roman understands something is wrong with life as he battles his grief. At the end, does he find Simon? I don’t think so. Nothing every works for Roman when he plans it. He just falls into situations.

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