The Humanist Community of Central Ohio Message Board › 9/13 Meeting Summary and Choosing October's Book
Hello Wo-Man Booker ladies!
Another month, another book! I don't know about you, but I find fall the best time for books- curled up under a blanket with a nice cup of tea on a cool fall day.
We had a good discussion on "Vernon God Little" and its commentary on today's media circus around trials and the sensationalism that ensues. I thought it was extremely timely, especially since today's HCCO monthly meeting (if you haven't gotten to go to one yet, they're on the second Saturday of every month) had a presentation on the Innocence Project and how innocent people are all too often wrongly convicted.
Anyways, it's time to choose October's book! I've listed the choices below. You can find a summary of each book at the end of the email.
Cast your vote by sending me an email at Heidi.L.Bretz@gmail.com or posting to the Meetup page. I'll announce the winner on Monday.
1) "Life of Pi," Yann Martel
2) "Wolf Hall," Hilary Mantel
3) "The Inheritance of Loss," Kiran Desai
Thanks and happy reading!
Life of Pi- Yann Martel
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002
The story of Pi (short for Piscine), an unusual boy brought up on a zoo in India. Pi’s father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America.
The ship taking them across the Pacific sinks and Pi finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.
Wolf Hall- Hilary Mantel
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009
'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.
The Inheritance of Loss- Kiran Desai
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2006
In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.