Cricklereaders Read Klara and the Sun

Our first ever in person meeting today, in the activity room at the library. A couple of work-based absences, but most of us made it there in person, with a rather modern dial-in on Zoom by one member. It worked, after a fashion.

Remarkably, a majority of us had read the book this time, and most of us enjoyed it, some with reservations. We talked about the major themes in the book, as we saw them – loneliness, the ethics of “lifting”, artificial intelligence and its role in society, what it means to be human, and the ambiguity of much of Ishiguro’s writing.

As a diehard Ishiguro fan, I loved the book and found it very engaging. Others found it difficult to identify or empathise with the Klara as an AI, although we generally felt her to be more sympathetic a character than most of the humans!  There was much to discuss, and I think I’m safe in saying that we would recommend the book to others.

For next time, we will be reading Paradise, by Abdulrazak Gurnah. Born in Zanzibar in 1948 , Abdulrazak Gurnah now lives in the UK and teaches at the University of Kent. Paradise was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker and Whitbread Prizes. Mr Gurnah won the Nobel Prize for literature this year, “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”. We’ll meet at the library, all being well, on Sunday 21 November, 1030-1130. Please do read along and let us know what you think.

Cricklereaders October Meeting

The book chosen for October’s meeting is Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.  Born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954, Kazuo Ishiguro moved to Britain at the age of five. He is a multi-award-winning author, including the Nobel and Booker Prizes. The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go were both made into successful feature films, bringing his work to an even wider audience. Despite his lofty position as a literary author, his works are accessible and very human. Klara and the Sun was described by The Sunday Times as “A masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.”

We will be meeting at the library before this next meeting to view the space and decide collectively whether to hold the next meeting there or continue on Zoom. If you would like to join, please email cricklereaders@cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk.

Being Green

This lovely video was shared with me by Sofia Ali, who runs her Friday pilates class at the library (highly recommended). Sofia is a member of Queens Park Harriers, and every Tuesday, she runs a Walk to Run group for women in Gladstone Park. The women meet at 0800 for some warm up exercises and then a run around the park. It’s a friendly, social group, and has steadily grown over the years. If you’re a woman looking to get into running and not sure how to start, this is the perfect way in. Running with a partner is personally the only way I can keep getting out of the door in the morning, particularly during the dark, dismal winter months, so I can attest to its effectiveness as a training aid!  Why not try it out?

And Sofia is actively encouraging new sign ups to her popular pilates class too, so head on over and check it out.

The video showcases many of the lovely green and sustainable projects ongoing around Brent. We live in a remarkable borough, full of remarkable, resilient and community-minded people. #LoveWhereYouLive

One week to go for the Blenheim Triathletes!

Unbelievably, it’s one week to go until the Blenheim Triathlon. Even more incredibly, we’re part of the biggest ever team at Blenheim – Kensal Tri – with an incredible 197 members. Between us, we’ve raise £55,744 for a range of good causes across Brent – including

Brent Centre for Young People, Gift Your Neighbour, 9Kitchens, The Lexi Cinema, Elders’ Voice, The Avenues Youth Project, Laurence’s Larder, and of course, Cricklewood Library. Collectively, the library fundraising team have reached nearly £4,500 – can you help us get to £5k? The link to sponsor some of these over-active people is here: https://bit.ly/2VgvyIL

 

Cricklewood Library Blenheim Tri Team Need Your Support

We now have FOUR Super Sprint athletes for the Blenheim Triathlon.

The team page, explaining why we’re doing it is here.

Tammy Krylova
Ali Stafford
Helen Wilkinson
Wendy Tyrrell

and three relay entrants:

Sally Long 750m swim
Alan Carter 5k run
and
Lewis Foti, 20k cycle

We met up with Giles Deards, the Kensal Tri Team organiser, to collect our Tri Team T-Shirts and pose ridiculously for the cameras. Please support our efforts! We’re all doing things we’ve never done before to raise money for this library, and we could do with a cash boost!

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