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IBG Thursday Meetup - Independence Day by Richard Ford

Hi All,

Hope you had a great last Thursday meetup.

It was hosted by Sarah who very kindly wrote up the below:

Was it a dark green car or a black car?  Will we ever know?  Is it important....  We had an interesting discussion on HHhH by Laurent Binet.   We focused on the billing of the 'novel' was this a work of fiction or a military history book dressed up in a clever marketing ploy?  This we never agreed upon.    The author speak directly to the reader about the process of writing the book and include references to other books and films of the same subject.  We felt this gave a modern feel to the historical events and was used cleverly by the author as a device to discuss the more gruesome aspects of WWII.   We also spoke about the structure of the novel.  The lack of page numbers didn't seem to matter due to the chapter structure.  Overall we agreed that it was inventive piece of fiction, Binet's 'novel' feels like a piece of non-fiction with too much authorial intervention and not nearly enough invention, dependant on your view.

The nominations for next months book are: 

 Jessie: Nigel Slater - Toast

 Jake: Ross O'Carroll- Kelly - The Teenage Dirtbag Years

Sharona: Dave Eggers - The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius

And the winner with 8 votes was........ Racehl: Independence Day by Richard Ford. 

Synopsis: Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an 'Existence Period' - selling real estate in New Jersey and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But, over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. "Independence Day" is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of extraordinary empathy and perception.

I'm really looking forward to reading this.

See you then,

Hannah

 

 

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  • Hilary s.

    Enjoyed the meeting

    March 25, 2013

  • Anne

    Sorry, I'm going to be stuck at work

    March 21, 2013

  • Hannah

    Hi All, Sorry for late posting of the venue. We will be in The Blue Room upstairs at The Canonbury. See you then :-)

    March 21, 2013

  • Ramona

    I'm sorry I will be stuck at work tonight so I can't make it :(

    March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ramona do you know what is the venue for tonight's Meetup? Thanks Conor

      March 21, 2013

  • Tolani

    Hi All,
    New member but was wondering what the location of tonight would be =)

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lewis - sorry I haven't been able to find out either. A pity, I would have liked to join in...

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - what is the venue for this please?

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry, unexpected issue. I cannot make it.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Help! What's the venue for this? Thanks

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time...

    March 5, 2013

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