International Club of Berne

Sophie Book Group

  • Wednesday, 29th May 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 26th June 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 24th July 2019 at 5:30pm
  • Friday, 16th August 2019 at 1:30pm
  • Wednesday, 4th September 2019 at 12:50pm
  • Wednesday, 4th September 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 18th September 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 6:30pm

Location: Place to be determined

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Sophie Book Group

When                Wednesdays, at 19:00
27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June, 18 September, 30 October, ?? November
Where               Time and place to be determined
Contact            Graham Tritt
Deadline          Please register by the Monday before
Members are welcome to attend any meetings – you can choose to attend only those sessions covering the books you are interested in.


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Graham wrote
at 12:47pm on Thursday, 15th August 2019
Freitag, 16 August
Wander on Dürrenmatts Trail to 2019 Ins, scene of the "Besuch der alten Dame"

Meeting 13.30 Uhr Treffpunkt HB Bern
Leaving :13.53 Bern and reaching Ins 14.11. Uhr

We learn about Düttenmatt and the story. Then an (optional) walk. WHO WILL COME WITH ME?

Spaziergang:Vom Bahnhof «Güllen» über den Sankt Jodel via Vinelz nach Erlach, Zvierihalt
Spazierzeit:2 Std., Distanz 7 km, 120m Höhenmeter

Billett: Bern-Ins retour
Rückfahrt:Ins ab 16.43 Uhr, Bern an 17.07 Uh


Mittwoch, 4. September 2019
Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchatell
Meeting :12.50 Uhr Treffpunkt HB Bern
Abfahrt:13.08 Uhr nach Neuenburg, Ankunft 13.56 Uhr

Leichter Spaziergang, ca. 10min Anstieg zum Centre Dürrenmatt.

Eintritt und Führung Fr. 10.- p.P.
Spazierzeit:2 Std., Distanz 7 km, Höhenmeter 622

Billett:Bern-Neuenburg (Busstation Eremitage) retour
Rückfahrt:Neuenburg ab 17.31 Uhr, Bern an 18.07 Uhr


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Mittwoch, 4. September at 18:30

Groteskes: Dürrenmatt
Vertiefungsprogramm zu den Spaziergängen
Kirchliches Zentrum Bürenpark, Bürenstrasse 8, 3007
Graham wrote
at 12:34pm on Thursday, 15th August 2019
Next for the September meeting is Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Das versprechen", "The Pledge"

Perhaps on 18 September
Graham wrote
at 11:21am on Monday, 29th July 2019
We discussed the future of the Sophie group

- we have lost regular members, and we don't really look for more: we should

- we will advertise each book to the whole club, anyone can attend any particular day

- we don't push our regular members to read every book, each meeting is optional

We don't plan to meet in August, or December. We might meet at different locations, for instance at the Rose Garden, the restaurant Tapis Rouge on Mt. Gurten, at the Pangaea on Schwanengasse, or at a members home.

Next for the September meeting is Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Das versprechen", "The Pledge"

Perhaps on 18 September

For October we will read Edgar Allen Poe, "Murder in the Rue Morgue"

I can print it out for anyone.

For November we look at Michelle Obama, "Becoming"

Note that this is 450 pages - start early!

There are a lot of reviews: would anyone like to list and summarize any of them?
Graham wrote
at 11:07am on Monday, 29th July 2019

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Graham wrote
at 12:19am on Thursday, 18th July 2019
We are discussing Master and Man by Tolstoy on Wednesday 24 July.

You can read it here:
You can watch a 5 minute animated filme here:
An analysis here

Graham wrote
at 12:18am on Thursday, 18th July 2019
We meet early: 18:00, and at a new location: Restaurant Reichenbach in Zollikofen. This is on the Aare river in "Unterzollikofen"

Train S9 from Berne to Worblaufen, then bus 33 Worblaufen to Unterzollikofen
Toral time from Berne 16 minutes. (16:32 - 16:42)

Graham wrote
at 9:48am on Saturday, 22nd June 2019
We meet on Wednesday 26 at 6.30 pm.
Graham wrote
at 10:10am on Monday, 10th June 2019
Wednesday 19 June Twann - Schernelz - Twann
Spaziergänge «Auf den Spuren Dürrenmatts»

Besammlung: 12.00 Uhr Treffpunkt HB Bern
Abfahrt: 12.12 Uhr nach Biel, Ankunft Twann 12.57 Uhr
Spaziergang: Pilgerweg nach Ligerz über Schernelz zurück nach Twann.
Zvieri im Restaurant Aux trois Amis.
Spazierzeit: 2 Std., Distanz ca. 4,5 km, auf 136m, ab 136m
Billett: Bern-Twann / Biel-Bern
Rückfahrt: Twann Schiffstation ab 16.00 Uhr, Bern an 17.18 Uhr
Graham wrote
at 10:01am on Monday, 10th June 2019
We should be talking about Tolstoy. June 26.
Or another day to be decided?

New member: Marianne Senn.

Next scheduled meeting: July 29

Interesting reading: Orell Füssli magazine (pick it up at the bookshop 2UG under Loeb)

Graham wrote
at 3:46pm on Tuesday, 28th May 2019
We delay (or cancel) the meeting of 29 May because not all the regular attendees can come. We discuss on the mailing list when we will discuss "Master and Man" by Tolstoy.

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By Graham on 9th February

ICB activities in March:

Sunday 9 11:00 Art Museum guided tour

Sunday 9 14:00 afternoon walk on the Gurten

Tuesday 11 19:30 Italian Café at LeseBar in Münstergasse

Wednesday 12 19:30 French Café and various "other activities"

Friday 14 at 20:00 Valentines Party at

Sunday 16 Walk Beatenberg and Panaroma swim

Thursday 20 visit to Forever Young and English tea time

Sunday 23 11:30 Philo Cafe and 14:00 Walk & Talk

Tuesday 25 19:00 Club discussion meeting

Wednesday 26 17:00 Sophie book discussion group

Thursday 27 18:00 German Café


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