While not really Dhamma, some of the titles in the Bangkok Book Club’s list are somewhat interesting. Several of us psychologists have read or are reading the book for October The Geography of Thought – which examines the differences in fundamental ways of thinking between Asian cultures and Western cultures. In this sense it relates to the Asian approach to religion too, as opposed to the Western approach. Here is the full list of titles to be discussed each month with the bookclub (email littlebang via the contact page or comments box below if you would like to contact the organisers of the bookclub)
The group is for people who are interested in reading and want to meet up with like-minded souls who enjoying talking about books.
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at the bookstore known as Books @ 53 in Sukhumvit Soi 53.
The group is made up of people from different nationalities and backgrounds and there are men and women in the group.
Books that have been chosen for discussion in the past have covered a number of subjects and from authors from around the world. All books chosen are in English.
The meetings are very relaxed and informal. Members come and go, as often they have to miss our meetings due to work and other commitments. There is no application form or fees involved, though we ask for a 50baht donation, as there is tea/coffee available from the coffee shop and wine at the meetings. Each meeting is focused around one book that has previously been chosen by the members attending earlier meetings. Please do join us for any of our meetings; we are always looking for new members. All you need do is attend any of our meetings.
Books @ 53 is large bookstore just 200m on the left as you turn into Soi 53 from Sukhumvit; the nearest Skytrain is ThongLor.
There is a 10% discount for books purchased by Bookclub members.
September 24th Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
In his first novel the author loosely links nine narrators in nine locations across the globe tell interlocking stories. This novel won The Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was short listed for the Guardian First Book Award.
October 29th Geography of Thought by Richard Nesbitt
In his new book the author makes at first the unassuming claim that Asians and Westerners “think differently”. We knew that already. But he goes on to explore the concept that “Asians” and “Westerners” have fundamentally different thought processes, that these can be defined and measured — and that, in general, Westerners think in terms of objects and logic, while Asians think in terms of substances and relationships.
November 26th Kiarti Srifuengfung, The Boy from Suphanburi by Arunee
Arunee is a long term member of the Bookclub and will be present her biography of her father’s life which she had published in 1991
Regards Terri and Sharda