Robert picked Union Coffee House in Upper Greenville for our discussion of We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Though short on parking, this hangout is incredibly spacious with a variety of tables and alcoves. Though we came on a Thursday and stayed till 10pm, lots of people were still working on their laptops when we left. This could be a good place to get work done. They also serve some basic sandwiches with a pickle and chips, but they aren't anything to write home about.
One of the best features of We is how D-503's vision and intelligence fall too short to give us a full scope of the politics. D-503 is merely a tool used by I-330 and the revolutionaries, but through him we get a look at the brain-washing, seductive nature of totalitarianism. We only get glimpses of I-330's true thoughts and motivations, but those bits show the complexity of her shadowy, Eve-like character as she reaches for the evil of freedom.
However, it turns out the rest of book club didn't like it as much as I did. Robert prefers the depiction of the totalitarian state in 1984, Natalie thought the novel was choppy and very poorly written (though she owns this could be a fault of translation. We never were able to identify the translator of the $0.99 version on Kindle.), and We did not overcome our guest Kristen's distaste for dystopian novels.
"A red line in the milky whiteness of the fog--like blood, like a wound made by a sharp knife--her lips."
"I have a soul ... incurable ... and I must walk..."
"Dying with shame, I held out the sheet of paper. He read it over, and I noticed a tiny smile jump out of his eyes, scamper down his face, and, slightly wagging its tail, perch upon the right angle of his mouth...."