Silk by Alessandro Baricco
Join us for a fun discussion on the book 'Silk' by Alessandro Baricco.
The novel tells the story of a French silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler named Hervé Joncour in 19th century France who travels to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. His first trip to Japan takes place in the Bakumatsu period, when Japan was still largely closed to foreigners. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron. His trade in Japan and his personal relationship with the concubine are both strained by the internal political turmoil and growing anti-Western sentiment in Japan that followed the arrival of Matthew C. Perry in Endo Bay.
It's a very thin book and easy read, but even if you were not able to finish the book, feel free to join us anyway !
Suggestions for future books will also be discussed, so if you would like to propose reads for the upcoming months, please do so during our meeting..
Hoping to see you all again soon,
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