We had a great Thursday meetup when we discussed The Palgue by Albert Camus.
Most of us agreed that we had read it as an allegory of war and the different extremes of human nature that such extreme conditions incite. The main themes we discussed were the cowardice, selfishness and resistance that come to the fore when people are in ife or death situations.
We then had the vote on the next book.
One Hand Clapping - Anthony Burgess ( 1 vote ) - Sara
Black Gold of the Sun - Ekow Eshun ( 2 votes ) - Helen
A Passage to India - E M Forster ( 3 votes ) - William
The winner was:
The House of Sand and Fog - Andrew Dubus ( 4 votes ) - Sheila
Below is a synopsis from Foyles:
"Kathy is a young recovering alcoholic recently seperated from her husband. When her family home is repossessed she is devastated. Her house is sold at auction to Behrani, a former Iranian Air Force officer for whom it represents an entry into real estate and a passport to the future for his family and his own version of the American Dream. For Kathy, its loss is the last of a sereis of insults life has dealt her and the stage is set for a gut-wrenching tragedy"
I'm really looking forward to reading this as we've had it recommended in the book group many times.
Hope to see you then,