One of the main goals of LEVEL Association is enabling young people to discover their own perspective upon the world and building a consistent, strong and individual personality based on personal observation, values, principles and tastes.
We’ve discovered that opinion without basis and knowledge without understanding are insufficient assets when it comes to believing and being one’s self. We are also regretful that current times and the average lifestyle dissuade young people from taking up reading, delving into ideas and experiencing culture in a more substantial sense than simply visiting a place and talking to people.
Thus, we’ve decided to launch a LEVEL Book club that would invite and provide space and opportunity for anybody interested in reading books and discussing them. The way this programme operates is quite simple: we jointly decide on a reading subject, author or book and invite all interested parties to read that book during the following month. Sometimes we also post interesting quotes and opinions about the books during that time interval to give people a taste of what the reading would be like. We then set up an open-access meeting sometime during the last week of the month when we can all gather and talk about the book, what we liked or disliked, what we think of the characters, the plot or the author’s intentions, we share passages that we thoroughly enjoyed or were impressed by and decide what the next book should be.
The long-term goal of this club is enabling mostly young people to learn how to discern between good books, well written books and bad literature, while enabling them to shape their own taste and preference for certain types of literature or writing and encouraging them to read more in the future.
Some of the books we’ve read about so far and talked about are the following:
Isaac Asimov – The Gods Themselves
Isaac Asimov- The Last Question
Henri Charriere – Papillon
James Clavell - Shogun
Ioan Dan – Cavalerii Ordinului Basarab
Feodor Dostoievski – The Idiot
Mircea Eliade- Istoria credintelor si ideilor religioase
Michael Ende- Neverending story
Panait Istrati– Chira Chiralina
If you are from Iasi or nearby cities, you can always join us in our monthly meeting or simply read the books.
If you can’t come meet us, we invite you to start a thread in our forums and talk about your impressions about the books you’ve read, give suggestions or invite us to read and comment on a certain book or author.
Please tell us what you’re reading and get more suggestions on our forums, here (English or Romanian is fine, some of us also understand French):