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Tomorrow (Friday), Dr Richard Moore's lecture introduces us to Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo, a marvellous book, funny and sad, grim and hilarious, and, above all, dealing in dualities and inversions.
One of Mo’s views is that novels have a Western and Eastern face.
The Western novel unfolds along a path that to all intents and purposes is linear. The Eastern novel, by contrast, moves in a path which is altogether circular, made up of separate episodes, which may be joined by the loosest of threads. One of the skills in Sour Sweet is that both apply.
One of the themes of the book is adaptability and another is integration, or the lack of it.
You do not need to have read the novel to enjoy the lecture, but if you do have a copy bring it along.
The lecture is at Berwick Voluntary Centre, Tweed Street, from 10am to noon. It costs £6 and refreshments are provided. To book contact email@example.com or phone 01289 305842.