This month's book is ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustave Flaubert. The discussion will be chaired by Emma S who has been good enough to offer to chair this month (Phil has kindly emailed over some questions as this was his nomination).
As we had such a close vote, we also discussed the idea of reading "Siddartha" nominated by Mala, as it is only 152 pages long, and this month's book club bridges Easter, this is an optional extra read
Also - at the April meetup - make sure you keep a little space for dessert ! Mala & Emma B have generously offered to bring a few cakes to celebrate both their birthdays. yum!
As always, we’ll meet from 7:30 onwards and then move upstairs to start the discussion at 8pm.
The other 2 nominations that got a similar level of interest were "Cutting For Stone" nominated by Fran and "Life of Pi" nominated by Emma. Have a look at either of those to considers for April and if you have a nomination be sure to bring it along.
Alternatively, send your nominations to the Mailing List : [masked] with a brief overview and why you think it would make a good book for us to discuss.
When you nominate the book you will then be invited to chair the meeting (very informal) .... or provide some questions that we can use to get the discussion going.
Madame Bovary (1856) is Gustave Flaubert's first published novel and is considered by many critics to be a masterpiece. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste ("the precise word").
Siddartha : “The cool and strangely simple story makes a beautiful little book, classic in proportion and style; it should be read slowly and with savour, preferably during the lonely hours of the night.”