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Book Club September

There is no Book Club in August, when the Gallery will be closed. On September 10, we’ll be discussing Waiting, by the acclaimed Chinese-American novelist Ha Jin. It tells the story of Lin Kong, an unhappily married army doctor who has fallen in love with a nurse named Manna. “Every summer,” the book begins, “Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.” Year after year, Shuyu says no. Running off with Manna is out of the question—without his wife’s consent, Lin Kong’s only hope is to wait out 18 years of separation. He and Manna continue to work in the same hospital, but their romance proceeds under suffocating constraints. During the Cultural Revolution, privacy is nonexistent, marriages are arranged by Party committees, and the slightest deviation from the rules can bring disaster. Waiting explores the failings of a decent man in a mad society with keen insight and quiet humour. Read a review here.

The White Rabbit Book Club meets in the Library on the third floor of the Gallery on the second Sunday of each month. Under the broad headings of China and art, we discuss novels, memoirs, history books, current affairs and even cookery. Whether or not you’ve read the nominated book, you are welcome to join us.

When: Second Sunday of every month, 2 p.m.  No meeting in August, when the Gallery will be closed.

Where: Library, 3rd floor

How much: FREE

Contact: Phyllis Rowlinson: prowlinson[at]whiterabbitcollection.org, tel. (02) 8399 2867


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