Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Words of Inspiration: Unending Love

Unending Love

Rabindranath Tagore


I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times...
In life after life, in age after age, forever.
My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
In life after life, in age after age, forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, it's age old pain,
It's ancient tale of being apart or together.
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
Clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount.
At the hear of time, love of one for another.
We have played along side millions of lovers,
Shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting, the distressful tears of farewell,
Old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Paris Wife

"No one you love is every truly lost." - Ernest Hemingway

Hello everyone,

How is everyone doing with "The Paris Wife"? How far is everyone at the moment?

Any scenes that left you lingering? A noteworthy quote?

Please feel free to comment below and discuss!

Hope everyone is well!


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Our book club pick of the month: the June edition

 A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us. -W. H. Auden

Dear Members,
During our first meeting, we arrived at a decision for our June book pick: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view - that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her."

Copies can be found at book stores such as Indigo, Chapters,World's Biggest Bookstore, BMV (which I've been told by Shirley, one of our members, that the one near Spadina has two copies at $14!), or online such as Amazon. Borrowing it from the library is another great option, although I'm told that there is a long waiting list to get the book!

Interested in learning more about this book? The author herself sheds light on her novel:

Happy reading!



You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. -C. S. Lewis

Dear Members,

Yes, the Matchbook Book Club has a blog now! This will be a place where everyone can comment and discuss about our reads, keep updated on events and meetings, and get weekly doses of inspiration.

I want to thank everyone who came out to our first meeting- it was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet every one of you.

The Matchbook Book Club adores many things... including charming book stores from all around the world, including this little gem from Paris! Shakespeare and Co. is a must-see while visiting this city for book-lovers all over. An interesting fact about this book store is that they have a well just behind the cashier's desk, where you're to turn your back to the well and throw a coin into the well. If it lands in the well, the saying goes: "One day you will return to Paris". - count us in! 

There is a charming clip on YouTube for anyone interested in learning more about Shakespeare and Co.

Joie de vivre,