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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So, what do you think?