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August Book Club

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Sun, August 15, 2021
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Virtual Event
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The August Book Club selection is Missionaries by Phil Klay.  The novel was one of the Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Books of the Year and one of NPR's Best Books of 2020.  Using as a backdrop the war in Colombia, Missionaries has been described as a deeply ethical novel, and one that often pauses to question the purpose of war and possibility of redemption for combatants of all kinds.  From the Booklist review: “National Book Award-winner Klay displays his signature virtuosity in this richly textured, masterful mosaic of modern Colombia. A small village serves as both backdrop and microcosm of the country’s ongoing turmoil. The struggle for survival is deftly juxtaposed with the struggle for power, and the varying gradations of each are explored through multiple perspectives with nuance, grace, and poignancy . . . Each character is rendered in psychologically astute moral complexity and must interrogate his or her own complicity in a corrupt and often violent system. Ultimately, all are pawns in the chess match of deep-state machinations masquerading as diplomacy. As the characters’ lives begin to intersect in a rewarding, yet tension-filled denouement, the author’s prodigious skill and deep understanding of the region provide the scaffolding to explore essential questions of human dignity and sacrifice. A triumphant achievement that elevates Klay to the top echelon of contemporary writers.”  

To be extra cautious we will be only offering a Zoom link and not allowing for in person attendance. The link will be emailed to all registrants a few hours before the event.

Club members, alumni, students, parents and their guests are invited to join in.



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The event is limited to Stanford Alumni/Students.

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