January 3, 2012
I usually prefer historical novels, but am open to reading contemporary stories, too. Other than the novels for the group, I've recently read "Sarum" and "London" by Edward Rutherford, "The Rose of Sebastopol" by Katharine McMahon, and "Dream When You're Feeling Blue" by Elizabeth Berg.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (from Stephen Kelman's "Top 10 Outsiders List") The outsider as sagacious misfit, ridiculous pundit on the society he rejects and which rejects him, inflated monster of misdirected fury. Ignatius J Reilly still lives with his mother. He has questionable dress sense and a lackadaisical approach to personal hygiene. And the outsider's unwavering certainty that he is right and it's the rest of the world that needs to catch up to him. Hilarious and wretched, Ignatius is a skewed eye on a society that produces people like him with alarming frequency. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/25/stephen-kelman-top-10-outsider-story?INTCMP=SRCH
I'm hopeful that this group will become, eventually, a circle of old friends.
I'm happy to broaden my circle of friends, and I love to read. Am so pleased to have found an open group.
I truly enjoy this group. The members are bookish, without being snobs.