Here's the edition we sell!  It's different from other editions, which is important, turns out!

Here’s the edi­tion we sell! It’s dif­fer­ent from oth­er edi­tions, which is impor­tant, turns out!

A lot!  Yesterday’s meet­ing was very well attend­ed and we had a ton of thoughts and feels about The Alchemist.  Most of us liked the sto­ry, though there were some dis­sent­ing opin­ions.  Here are some inter­est­ing high­lights from the meet­ing!

The Alchemist is some­thing of an inspi­ra­tional piece and its main mes­sage is that every­one should fol­low his or her heart to per­son­al ful­fill­ment.  There was plen­ty to say on that top­ic (includ­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion of priv­i­lege and oppor­tu­ni­ty and whether lit­er­al­ly every­one has the chance to fol­low their dreams or if it’s just the peo­ple that can afford to do so…) but some­thing that was coin­ci­den­tal and fun­ny was that we read this book so close to the new year when a lot of peo­ple look at their lives and won­der if they’re on the right path.

We also learned that dif­fer­ent trans­la­tions of books can entire­ly change people’s inter­pre­ta­tions of them!  Seems obvi­ous in ret­ro­spect, but I guess it nev­er occurs to you until it hap­pens to you direct­ly.  In one ear­lier trans­la­tion of The Alchemist, the phrase “Per­son­al Leg­end” is trans­lat­ed sim­ply as “des­tiny.”  Seems innocu­ous enough, right?  But actu­al­ly, it made a dif­fer­ence in how peo­ple inter­pret­ed the book, since des­tiny implies a cer­tain­ty in events that Per­son­al Leg­end avoids.  I dun­no, may­be you had to be there, but it made for good con­ver­sa­tion.

Here’s a snap of (most of) our book club­bers all ready to talk it up!  There actu­al­ly end­ed up being so many peo­ple at the meet­ing that I couldn’t get them all in the frame of my phone!  (Sor­ry friends!)  OH!  Also, it has come to my atten­tion that even some of our loy­al book club­bers didn’t know about KU’s Insta­gram feed!  Sac­ri­lege!  Fol­low along on IG @kardsunlimited

Look how much fun they're about to have!  So much, you guys!

Look how much fun they’re about to have! So much, you guys!

The next book club meet­ing will be at 6 p.m. here at Kards Unlim­it­ed on Feb­ru­ary 22nd!  We’re read­ing 2 (ish) books for that meet­ing, Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and Through the Look­ing Glass!  Hope to see you all there!

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