October Book Discussion

Our books for October feature two secluded communities (of sorts). The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell and The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy.
The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
Based on the Siege of Lucknow, which occurred during the First War of Indian Independence, (also known as the Indian Mutiny) in 1857. Farrell's descriptions of the life inside the British Residency are simultaneously horrifying and blackly humorous. Beautifully written, unforgettable characters, and a cracking story, it won the Booker Prize in 1973.
The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy. When country-girl Grace Melbury returns home from her middle-class school she feels she has risen above her suitor, the simple woodsman Giles Winterborne. Though marriage had been discussed between her and Giles, Grace finds herself captivated by Dr. Edred Fitzpiers, a sophisticated newcomer to the area - a relationship that is encouraged by her socially ambitious father. Hardy's novel of betrayal, disillusionment and moral compromise depicts a secluded community coming to terms with the disastrous impact of outside influences.

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  • Gordon T.

    Due to the severe weather warnings in place, I'm gonna bow out of this one sorry, lest I get soaked going home in the late evening. I give Siege a 7.5, as it is clearer than Troubles in terms of thematic direction in my opinion.

    October 24, 2013

  • leonie

    Not sure I can make this now - school disco has been bumped to this night due to halloween - will do my best to convince son I deserve a social life more than him!

    October 16, 2013

    • leonie

      Lost the coin toss :(

      October 23, 2013

  • James S.

    Really sorry I will have to miss this one (going away for a long weekend) - especially as it is the Woodlanders! I will try to send in my thoughts.

    September 3, 2013

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