Dream Big Book Club
Welcome to Dream Big’s Book Club!
It is a place where we bond with words, ideas, and many fruitful discussions.
Club representative: Alyaa Alasfoor
What do we read: We read fiction and nonfiction and experiment in every possible genre.
Where do we meet: Currently through Zoom.
Who can be a member: Anyone can join our reading journey.
Duration of each book to read: 1 month (Can be changed depending on the book).
1. We will host an online meeting after 1 month of assigning the book.
2. Discussion of the book is open on the WhatsApp group and during the online meeting.
(No other topics or advertisements are to be posted without admin permission.)
3. We try to set a friendly atmosphere for everyone so please refrain from using any vulgar or inappropriate language.
Requiem for a Dream
Hubert Selby Jr.
29th October, 2022 at 8:00 pm
Meeting Date and Time:
"In Coney Island, Brooklyn, Sarah Goldfarb, a lonely widow, wants nothing more than to lose weight and appear on a television game show. She becomes addicted to diet pills in her obsessive quest, while her junkie son, Harry, along with his girlfriend, Marion, and his best friend, Tyrone, have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and leisure by scoring a pound of uncut heroin. Entranced by the gleaming visions of their futures, these four convince themselves that unexpected setbacks are only temporary. Even as their lives slowly deteriorate around them, they cling to their delusions and become utterly consumed in the spiral of drugs and addiction, refusing to see that they have instead created their own worst nightmares."
Books We Have Read
Requiem for a Dream
Hubert Selby Jr.
"Requiem for a Dream is a 1978 novel by American writer Hubert Selby Jr., that concerns four New Yorkers whose lives spiral out of control as they succumb to their addictions."
Storm of Steel
"Storm of Steel is the memoir of German officer Ernst Jünger's experiences on the Western Front during the First World War from December 1914 to August 1918. It was originally printed privately in 1920, making it one of the first personal accounts to be published."
A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.
One of Kafka's best-known works, it tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a huge insect and subsequently struggles to adjust to this new condition.
Of Mice and Men
"Of Mice and Men narrates the experiences of George Milton and Lennie Small, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States."
The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia Plath. Originally published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" in 1963, the novel is semi-autobiographical with the names of places and people changed.
Ward no. 6
Ward no. 6 is a short story by Anton Chekhov, published in Russian in 1892. The story is set in a provincial mental asylum and explores the philosophical conflict between a patient and the director of the asylum.
The Master and Margarita
The novel is a penetrating philosophical work that wrestles with profound and eternal problems of good and evil. It is considered a 20th-century masterpiece.
The Man in the High Castle
Philip K. Dick
It's America in 1962. Some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
The Man Who Died
The Man Who Died is a Scandinavian page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir."
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
Uprooted from their family home in the Dominican Republic, the four Garcia sisters arrive in New York City in 1960. What they have lost - and what they find - is revealed in the fifteen interconnected stories that make up this exquisite novel.
It is a 1996 novel. It is Gurnah's fifth novel and was first published by The New Press on 1 November 1996. The plot follows an unnamed Zanzibari man living in England, after fleeing there in the early 1960s.
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.
One of the greatest Italian literary works of the 20th century. Written by a Sicilian nobleman and set in the 19th-century during the the movement for Italian Unification, it recounts the decline and fall of Sicily’s aristocracy."
Chess Story is Stefan Zweig’s final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction infused anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1969.
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
The internationally bestselling true story of the remarkable ten-year-old Yemeni girl who dared to defy her country’s most archaic traditions by fighting for a divorce
The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Alan Poe
A murderer is convinced that the loud beating of his victim's heart will give him away to the police.
Notes from Underground
"Notes from Underground is a novella written in 1864 by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is considered by many to be one of the first existentialist novels."
The Devils' Dance
The Devils’ Dance brings to life the extraordinary culture of 19th century Turkestan, a world of lavish poetry recitals, brutal polo matches, and a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse Islam rarely described in literature.
The Old Man and the Sea
This short novel is the tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses—specifically referred to in the citation accompanying the author's Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
"Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel by American writer Zora Neale Hurston. It is considered a classic of the Harlem Renaissance, and Hurston's best known work."
H. P. Lovecraft
"H. P. Lovecraft was one of the greatest horror writers of all time. His seminal work appeared in the pages of legendary Weird Tales and has influenced countless writers of the macabre. This is one of those stories."
The White Tiger
Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has seen.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.
Wonder is an inspiring tale of acceptance that encourages people to embrace differences. The novel follows Auggie, a young boy with a facial deformity in his first school experience.