Bivar Book Club


BIVAR BOOK CLUB brings together booklovers once a month to talk about a book they’ve all read in advance.

The discussions are in English and we plan to explore various literary works, alternating between classics and contemporary fiction.

Everyone is welcome to join – regardless of profession, academic background or level of English. The aim is to share ideas about the book we’ve all read in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

We are going to have a different facilitator every month. If you are interested in being a facilitator, please send us an email to books (at) ­- including the name of the book you propose and why you chose it.

There’s no admission fee, but all contributions towards costs are welcome.

Coming sessions will be announced here, on Facebook and Meetup.

The Moon and Sixpence27 February 2018 at 19h30

by W. Somerset Maugham

“If you look on the ground in search of a sixpence, you don’t look up, and so miss the moon.”

Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is an unforgettable study of a man possessed by the need to create — regardless of the cost to himself and to others.

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Bivar Book Club Baskervilles18 January 2018

Arthur Conan Doyle’s

The theme of the Baskerville evening will be to explore how it re-invents singlehandedly the modern Gothic tale and brings in the psychological other as a more interesting pair of eyes than the cold logician — heralding clairvoyantly, the rise of the hero steeped in the bewilderment of events rather than being a dispassionate observer and thinning the lines between a detective story and a fine romance.

22 November 2017

Gabriel García Márquez’s

Considered by the New York Times “required reading for the entire human race”, this family saga follows the interwoven stories of 7 generations in the span of 100 years. The lives of the family members are intimately connected with the rise and fall of the imaginary city of Macondo.

12 September 2017

Jane Austen’s

Jane Austen has been credited with perfecting free indirect speech or discourse, a narrative style adopted by novelists writing in English to filter the world through multiple eyes including their own; an effect Austen employed to record Emma’s perceptions and reflect her protagonist’s thoughts and opinions without necessarily sharing them.

Bivar Book Club 30 June 2017

30 June 2017

Kingsley Amis’

Heralded as one of the great English comic novels, written by Kingsley Amis an author who has won as many plaudits for his wider body of work, the book explores the inherently comic nature of academic life and all its’ pretensions.

The question is does it stand up? With 63 years since its first publication is it still funny and does the humour translate if you are not English?

Bivar Book Club 19 May 201719 May 2017

Angela Carter’s

This gothic fairy tale and coming of age story provided numerous themes to discuss, including growing up, the imagination, and the ways that literature and myths shape our understanding of the world and our identities.

Bivar Book Club 19 April19 April 2017

E.M. Forster’s

With Britain’s intended exit from the EU and the new nationalisms that are springing up all over the world, there will be a special focus on the idea of “abroad” in British writing.