The next session will be on February 3rd, 2010, 3-5 pm. The text will be chapter 1 of C.S. Lewis‘ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first in the “Narnia” series.
I will provide copies of chapters 2 and 3 for the following session (February 24th), but after that you will be expected to obtain your own copies of the book. (My copy cost just 840 yen from Amazon Japan; I recommend you buy second-hand from Amazon Japan: they are good quality and often much cheaper.)
In the first session, we will read the text together and discuss it, as we have done in previous sessions. However, in future sessions, I would like to spend less time reading the text, and instead discussing certain questions or themes. In order to discuss these themes or questions, you will need to do some extra reading. This will of course be optional, and perhaps we can find a way to share the work.
The themes and questions: some I will suggest, but I expect some questions or themes will be suggested by you, the readers.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd.
Happy New Year, readers. Welcome to 2010. I look forward to reading and discussing with you high-quality English writing. May our conversation be bright and witty and profound.
(I stole this photo from Stardust’s blog. Isn’t it a great picture?)
We already had our first session, on Wednesday January 27th, in which we read a newspaper article about the pleasures and dangers of eating too much at Christmas (a common theme in many Christian countries), and also listened to a popular winter song, Baby It’s Cold Outside.
To make a change from last year, I proposed reading an English novel over several sessions, e.g. 2-3 months. This idea seemed to be accepted by those present last Wednesday.
The next session will be on February 3rd, and I have chosen a well-known children’s story by one of the most influential British writers and critics of the 20th century, C.S. Lewis (in Japanese here): The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. (This novel was made into a movie recently. I don’t think it was a movie that does justice to the novel. However, if you would like to see it, before you spend money at Tsutaya, let me tell you that it will be shown on Feb. 11th on the cable Star Channel.)
I have sent copies of chapter 1 to all members. You can also buy the paperback quite cheaply.
I have created a new page on this website to introduce our meeting place, Rifuan. The page includes links to a map and other details about Rifuan.