Here are the 2 book choices for October 2012. And remember; you don't have to read both books!
Enjoy, and see you on the 16th of October!
Note: If these books are difficult to find in bookshops, try online (e.g.: Amazon.co.uk, kennys.ie)
Also, you can check out the book list online via the 'Files' section from 'More' on the menubar.
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (Alex, May'12)
Wuthering Heights is the only published novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846 and published in July of the following year. It was not printed until December 1847, after the success of her sister Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre, under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. A posthumous second edition was edited by Charlotte.
The title of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors of the story. The narrative centres on the all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them.
Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights met with mixed reviews when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty. Although Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was generally considered the best of the Brontë sisters' works during most of the nineteenth century, many subsequent critics of Wuthering Heights argued that it was a superior achievement.
This is How it Ends – Kathleen McMahon (Jenny, Jun'12)
A transatlantic love story beginning at the start of the current recession, it is truly a story for our time. The book is set in 2008 in Sandymount, Dublin, smack bang in the middle of the global economy imploding and the historic election of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States of America.
Bruno is a 50-year-old American who has just lost his job with Lehman Brothers and comes to Ireland to trace his family tree. In the course of his research, he meets his cousin, 38-year-old Addie -- lonely, reserved and sad. An out-of-work architect, she is looking after her elderly father, Hugh, a medical consultant who is temporarily invalided and who is being sued for malpractice and bullying. He has his own reasons for avoiding Bruno's probing questions about his lineage.
As Bruno tries to learn more about Addie's family, the pair fall in love in a very easy and natural way.
Wuthering Heights is available for free as an ebook: