In continuation of its mission to support American culture in Amsterdam, the John Adams Institute has its very own book club. Coordinator of the John Adams Book Club is Glen Kendall, an Amsterdam-based American with a life-long passion for books. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he is also one of the authors in The War We Would Forget: Dartmouth Veterans and the Vietnam War.
Glen coordinates the selection of books and the discussions based on recommendations from the Club members. The objective is to explore the rich range of American literature, fiction and non-fiction, from classics to current best sellers. The discussions at the Book Club are always animated, very interesting and highly enjoyable. We have assembled an excellent group of members with different backgrounds and life experiences. And the refreshments after the discussion allow for more informal conversation.
The John Adams Book Club meets once a month. Members can choose either the Wednesday or the Thursday meeting. We only have a limited number of places for new members. For full details, and to join, send an email to Glen at email@example.com.
Book Club Members receive a 10% discount on any books purchased at Athenaeum.
Where: Athenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14 – 16, Amsterdam
When: October 5 and 6
THE SUN ALSO RISES
The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway’s debut novel, is a masterpiece and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
For a list of books for autumn 2017, click here.
For a list of the books we’ve read previously, click here.