The Humanist Community of Central Ohio Message Board › 12/13 Meeting Summary and Choosing a Book for January
Hello Wo-Man Booker ladies!
I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of 2013. Where did the time go?
Speaking of which, it's time to choose January's book! You know the drill- cast your vote and I'll announce the winner on Thursday night. Synopses are below.
1) "The Blind Assassin" ~ Margaret Atwood
2) "The Sea" ~ John Banville
3) "The Line of Beauty" ~ Alan Hollinghurst
Thanks and I look forward to announcing the winner!
The Blind Assassin- Margaret Atwood
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2000
Iris Chase, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist, but now eighty-two and poor, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by her once-prosperous family. While bewailing her unreliable body and deriding those who try to help her, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life and her perilous times, particularly on the events surrounding her sister Laura’s mysterious, tragic early death.
The Sea- John Banville
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2005
In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife. It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, gorgeously written novel — among the finest we have had from this masterful writer.
The Line of Beauty- Alan Hollinghurst
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2004
In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby-whom Nick had idolized at Oxford-and Catherine, highly critical of her family's assumptions and ambitions.
As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in the world of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty, a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly comic, this U.K. bestseller is a major work by one of our finest writers.