Cambridge Book Club Message Board › Book Options for March 2011
Below are the fiction choices for March . We will vote at our next meeting. If you cannot make the meeting please email me your votes.
The Enchantress of Florence. By Salman Rushdie. (368 pages)
Borders Review: The story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man's world. Vivid, gripping, and profoundly moving, this dazzling book is by one of the world's most important living writers.
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel. By Kurt Vonnegut (288 pages)
Amazon Review: Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson (384 pages)
Publishers Weekly Review: In her charming debut novel, Simonson tells the tale of Maj. Ernest Pettigrew, an honor-bound Englishman and widower, and the very embodiment of duty and pride. As the novel opens, the major is mourning the loss of his younger brother, Bertie, and attempting to get his hands on Bertie's antique Churchill shotgun—part of a set that the boys' father split between them, but which Bertie's widow doesn't want to hand over. While the major is eager to reunite the pair for tradition's sake, his son, Roger, has plans to sell the heirloom set to a collector for a tidy sum. As he frets over the guns, the major's friendship with Jasmina Ali—the Pakistani widow of the local food shop owner—takes a turn unexpected by the major (but not by readers). The author's dense, descriptive prose wraps around the reader like a comforting cloak, eventually taking on true page-turner urgency as Simonson nudges the major and Jasmina further along and dangles possibilities about the fate of the major's beloved firearms. This is a vastly enjoyable traipse through the English countryside and the long-held traditions of the British aristocracy.
See you on Tuesday, February 22nd at 6:30pm at Life Alive Cafe.
Jamaica Plain, MA
As I said on my page post I vote for Vonnegut, 2nd choice woud be Rushdie, but Mjr Pettigrew should be pretty good too
Also, I added an extensive suggestion list here on the "Discussion" page for both fiction and non-fiction. I'll guess that Rushdie was per my suggestion athough I suggested his current book while being open to other books of his, so thank you.
Beak & Finch was interesting sorry I'll miss the discussion