Our November 9 book could serve as the companion volume to COMMUNE. In Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos—former Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker—looks at the clash between rampant individualism and a Communist Party determined to retain control. Why, he asks, is a regime that has lifted millions of people from poverty so averse to letting them speak their minds? Why do ambitious young Chinese simultaneously crave Western culture and denounce its influence? What has the relentless pursuit of wealth done to individuals and their relationships—with each other and with their souls?
The White Rabbit Book Club meets in our Library 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.
Where: Library, 3rd floor
How much: FREE
Contact: Phyllis Rowlinson: prowlinson[at]whiterabbitcollection.org, tel. (02) 8399 2867