Short Book Book Club

All College members are welcome at this friendly and informal book club. No expertise is required and refreshments will be provided.

Cover of David Grossman's A Horse Walks Into a BarThe book for this meeting of the Short Book Book Club is the winner of the 2017 International Man Booker PrizeA Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman.

In a comedy club in a small Israeli town, a veteran comedian provides his audience with the unexpected spectacle of a painful dissection of his inner pain. Sparing neither himself nor his listeners, Dovaleh G talks of betrayal, treachery and guilt, leaving his audience uncertain whether to laugh or cry.

Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 Man Booker International judging panel, comments:

“David Grossman has attempted an ambitious high-wire act of a novel, and he’s pulled it off spectacularly. A Horse Walks into a Bar shines a spotlight on the effects of grief, without any hint of sentimentality. The central character is challenging and flawed, but completely compelling. We were bowled over by Grossman’s willingness to take emotional as well as stylistic risks: every sentence counts, every word matters in this supreme example of the writer’s craft.”

The Short Book Book Club only discusses books that are 200 pages or shorter (except during the summer vacation!) and meets each term. Do bring along any suggestions you might have for the next book.