ONBC's New Read: JM Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

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ONBC's New Read: JM Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

Unread postby fireflydances » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:55 pm

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We’ve been away for too long.

This summer join us as we roll out our discussion on JM Coetzee’s novel Waiting For the Barbarians. Our tidbits will begin in early July with discussion to follow. Whether you’re a reader or simply eager for the release of this film, we hope you will drop by and explore along with us.

Not familiar with ONBC? We are the book discussion branch of the Zone. For at least fifteen years, Zone staff have been writing about and conducting discussions around books that are somehow "close" to Johnny Depp. Close? He mentioned the book; he was seen carrying the book; he appeared in a film based on the book in question; he was key in getting the book published. Sometimes we've strayed further afield, taking on a book written by a close friend of Johnny's. Interested in past book discussions? See the archives.

Some of you may have participated in book discussions through your local bookstore or library or even with a club. What we do here is similar, but also a little different. Any member or even visitor to the Zone is free to read our tidbits and follow along in our discussions. Because many of our discussion questions are open-ended, you needn't be a reader to participate. Just join the Zone and get involved. I, myself, first joined an ONBC discussion having read very little of the book at hand. I just fell in love with the tidbits and got drawn into the discussion. Proving you can talk about something about which you know very little!

What is a tidbit? Ah, that's where the Zone really stands out. The word "tidbit" is defined as "a small piece of tasty food, or a small and particularly interesting item of gossip or information." These aren't book reports, but rather posts that examine some interesting aspect of the book. It could be something we all anticipate reading about, such as the author's bio, or the history behind the story, or a location map. Then again, it could be a rift on one word, one sentence that got a writer thinking -- women's undergarments in the 1930s, absinthe, 1950s pick-ups, the devil. From time to time we've even been able to lure the author to our table. We love comments as we roll out tidbits, questions also -- as in "how did you ever decide to..." -- but basically the tidbit exists to curry your favor, to tickle your fancy, to open your mind, or just provide a nice beginning or end to your day.

Our tidbits this time will definitely include everything we can learn about the filming of the movie. As in, the director, other cast members, filming sites, etc.

So, until the summer, keep us in mind.
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ONBC's New Read: JM Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

Unread postby Joni » Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:36 pm

Looking forward to it! I love the tidbits. :lovehearts:

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Unread postby fireflydances » Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:43 pm

So do I, Joni, so do I.
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Unread postby ladylinn » Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:14 pm

Where have you been? :bigwave: Missed y'all and happy for your return. I ordered the book yesterday and awaiting its arrival on Friday! :noodlemantra:

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Unread postby fireflydances » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:41 pm

Ladylinn, thrilled you will be joining us! As to where I've been, here and elsewhere. Some surgery last summer, and an extremely busy school year. But I've been yearning for a good book, and I am so pleased that Johnny is involved with this one. It's a thoughtful, at times intense read, but it moves fast. Been spending time researching the author and thinking about tidbits. Enjoy your read.
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Unread postby nebraska » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:59 pm

If anyone knows of a free reader's study guide to accompany this book, let me know. So far I have found only sources that want you to buy the guide.

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Unread postby fireflydances » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:04 pm

Thank you for the offer, nebraska. Nice resource, too!
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