Louis de Bernieres: The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

Suggested by Alister, certainly winning the award for the best title we have read so far...

The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

When the spoilt and haughty Dona Constanza tries to divert a river to fill her swimming pool, she starts a running battle with the locals. The skirmishes are so severe that the Government dispatches a squadron of soldiers led by the fat, brutal and stupid Figueras to deal with them.

Despite visiting plagues of laughing fits and giant cats upon the troops, the villagers know that to escape the cruel and unusual tortures planned for them, they must run. Thus the plan to head for the mountains and start a new convivial civilisation.

‘A very good book indeed, the sharpest and funniest I have read in quite some time’ Financial Times

‘A fat, juicy tropical fruit of a narrative … There is astonishing landscape. There are numerous good jokes. And, indispensably in such a novel, there is magic’ Independent on Sunday

‘A wonderful mixture of the mythical and poetic, of the cruel and clinical aspects of life … I have seldom read a finer first novel. It is one to savour and revisit’ Scotland on Sunday

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  • Catherine K.

    Thanks everyone for a lively and fascinating discussion.

    January 22, 2013

  • Alister M.

    Brilliant!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Natalie A.

    Hi Alister, As it seems that at least 6 people are coming we have decided to hold book club tonight as normal - sorry to everybody who can't make it!

    January 21, 2013

  • Alister M.

    Hmm after experiencing the icy pavements of Reading this morning, and with more people dropping out I wouldn't be upset if we postponed until next week. I will of course turn up if there are sufficient numbers but would prefer to know by 5 if it is still on

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it today now, work is too busy because of being closed at weekend due to snow. Postponing would be good

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    same for me, i can make it tmw but ok to postpone next monday ...

    January 21, 2013

  • Alister M.

    I can make it tomorrow, but happy to postpone if necessary

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hiya everyone, Unfortunately I can't make it tomorrow.

    January 20, 2013

  • Catherine K.

    I can still do tomo, but am also happy to postpone it to next Mon if people prefer. If people let us know, we'll postpone if there are less than 6 able to come.

    January 20, 2013

  • Natalie A.

    I dunno, how does everyone feel? I'm happy to meet tomorrow, but are most ppl a (s)no(w)?!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! New here and had hoped to be able to make this meetup, but doesn't look on the cards. Hope to meet you all sometime in future!

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Natalie A.

    Hi storme, welcome to the group! Yup, just come along, book in hand (or not) and have a chat about what you thought. Look forward to meeting you :-)

    December 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone! New to this and hoping to come along to this meeting as my first book club! Do I just turn up, book in hand?

    December 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an excellent choice! Captain Corelli is one of my favourite books. I did start this...15-20 years ago? But didn't persevere as found it so different from CC. But that was in another life, and so pleased to have been provided with the impetus to give it another chance, as I have heard others speak highly of it. Look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

    November 28, 2012

    • Catherine K.

      The choice certainly seems popular already, I look forward to the discussion.

      November 28, 2012

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