I would like to give a proper thank you to all of our Reading Club members for their great participation and support throughout this academic semester (Spring 2013). It was really wonderful seeing how Students, Faculty and Staff Members enjoyed having a free and funny discussion about the selected book: “Never let me go” by Kazuo Ishiguro.
All of you spoke, debated and went in deep about the majority of the book themes: story, characters, fate, dystopia, melancholy, deferral, future, cloning, creativity, attitudes of students and guardians, etc. Also, all of you understood that the author wanted to give the readers an ethical, moral and philosophical point of view.
I would really like to emphasize that you have contributed to promote and improve the communication skills among the academic community, so you should be very proud of yourselves.
Also, we cannot forget the great afternoon snack at the Bistro Café, prepared by the Food & Beverage Service Department, and as well many thanks to the School’s direction and Marketing department for the special gifts.
Following are two of our members’ thoughts on their own Reading Club experience this semester:
Susana Garrido, Faculty Member:
Last Friday we had the pleasure of enjoying this semester’s Reading Club event in Café Bistro. The event is always a wonderful excuse to share some time in the good company of other fellow readers, whether students, faculty members or staff, we are all just readers.
It is amazing how over a few weeks while we all read the book by ourselves and shape the story of “Never Let Me Go” in our heads. But when we get together over a cup of coffee and some pastries, each of us brings something new into the story or the characters, something the rest had not seen, or had seen in a completely different way. It feels like putting infinite mirrors in front of the same image: the image is one but the reflections are never exactly the same. The story and the characters then expand and at the end of the discussion, we all have left a piece of our mirrors (of ourselves) in the story. Once you join the reading club, it never lets you go.
Veronika Stoykova, Student – PG Golf Management
My name is Veronika Stoykova and I’m a PG Golf student. I introduce myself just like the protagonist of “Never Let me go” Kathy H. does, reminding me how we all (staff, faculty and students) sat together one Friday afternoon and chatted over cookies and pastries. The experience warms my heart.
Ishiguro’s book opened a whole new chapter for us when it comes to friendship, relationships and choices being made in real life. Kathy, Tommy and Ruth (the main characters in this brave and sad story) made us think and relate to one another. Considering how large the group of readers was, we didn’t disagree or protest, but instead we just shared our thoughts and wondered why our main heroes couldn’t escape their destiny. This is how I discovered just how clever the Reading Club is, with a group full of different and interesting people. I hope that the synergy which happened to us will continue to grow during next semester’s Reading Club meeting.
We look forward to sharing more reading experience with you all next semester. If you haven’t joined the LRM Reading Club, what are you waiting for? Reading is fun!