The Humanities and the Professions Reading and Discussion Group was formed following NCG's 1987 Annual Meeting which used great literary texts to examine complex social and moral dilemmas. NCG book club members meet approximately four times a year for a facilitated discussion and the opportunity to engage with one another through a shared love of literature.
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
"On the surface, A Wild Sheep Chase is just that: a mystery story with a long chase. A photograph of the wild sheep has appeared accidentally in a newsletter; like Dashiell Hammett's Maltese falcon, the singular sheep is pursued by clashing interests. Is the sheep a symbol of something beyond the reach of an ordinary man, a devilish temptation? Does this wild sheep represent heroic morality or a Nietzschean superpower? Nietzsche is mentioned in the novel; so is the obsessive quest for Moby-Dick. The answer, if any, is left to the reader's perception.
Along the chase route, we meet interesting characters. One is called the Sheep Professor, another the Rat, a rather nice fellow despite his name. The most appealing is the protagonist's girlfriend, who is plain-looking except for one feature that arouses him - and reveals the author's offbeat sense of humor and style...
What makes A Wild Sheep Chase so appealing is the author's ability to strike common chords between the modern Japanese and American middle classes, especially the younger generation, and to do so in stylish, swinging language. Mr. Murakami's novel is a welcome debut by a talented writer who should be discovered by readers on this end of the Pacific."—The New York Times
Who Can Attend
Attendance is restricted to NCG members, with a maximum capacity of 10 members per session. Please call Member Services at 415.777.4111 ext 22 for additional information.
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Book Group fees are available at an annual or drop–in rate. The annual fee allows a member to attend five book club sessions per year with an option for a sixth session at the discretion of the group. Members are also invited to attend a single session at the drop-in rate.
Fee includes professional facilitator and complementary beverages. Participants are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch.
Annual Member Fee: $75
Drop-In Fee: $20
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