The Speckled Band Book Club Meetup

  • April 10, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Hi all,

 Our April book will be: 'A Tale for the Time Being' by Ruth Ozeki which won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award for Novel.

Zola's 'Germinal' didn't seem to be a popular choice with only two members finishing the novel! Some readers found it "claustrophobic" with poor characterisation and Zola's broad brush approach was seen as a bit too observational.

On the other hand, many readers enjoyed the quality of the writing with the riot scene and description of the fete found particularly powerful. "One of the best books I have ever read" with a brilliant picture of the contrast between rich and poor.

See you in April!

Valerie

 



 

 

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  • Adrian

    Thanks everyone for making this a lively meeting, and welcome newcomer Trisha.
    Our book for next meeting (Thursday 8 May) is 'Memento Mori' by Muriel Spark – chosen from a list proposed by Sue on a theme of 6 stages of life (this book concerns old age).
    This month’s book: 'A Tale for the Time Being' by Ruth Ozeki
    It ‘builds’ quickly (after an unpromising beginning about silly teenagers). Most of us finished the book and agreed it is worth completing. The characters are well-drawn and distinct, particularly central character Nao. (The author appears as a character in the book, Ruth).

    A variety of themes: Zen Buddhism, causality, kamikaze, family troubles in contemporary Japanese culture, living on an island off the west coast of Canada, and plastic garbage in the ocean gyre.
    However we considered introducing quantum mechanics toward the end was superfluous and hackneyed, leaving some loose ends (Zen!).

    April 12

  • ValerieJayne

    Hi, I believe it is Linda who is choosing next, am I right?

    April 12

  • ursula c.

    I'm really sorry didn't make it.
    When will the title of next months book be available ? Thanks

    April 11

    • Adrian

      Hi Ursula, sorry you couldn't make it. We will be reading 'Memento Mori' by Muriel Spark.

      April 12

    • ursula c.

      Thanks Adrian. I'll get that sorted.

      April 12

  • Adrian

    thanks everyone for making this a lively meeting

    April 10

  • Marie C.

    So sorry I couldn't make it at the last minute. Hope you had an interesting evening.
    May not be at the next couple of meetings as I am off for a while in my camper van!

    April 10

  • Adrian

    Valerie,
    please say who's list is for the vote tonight... and who is to prepare a list for our next meeting? bw A

    April 10

  • Ruth D.

    I am coming tonight but don't expect much sense out of me .I've only just started the new book and haven't even finished Germinal yet!

    April 10

  • ValerieJayne

    Thanks Adrian! I appreciate it

    April 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, but I can't make it either. And I've made such good progress with the book! I look forward to seeing you all next month.

    April 9

  • Adrian

    Hi Valerie and fellow bookworms, am happy to help tomorrow, unless someone else wishes to take this. We can swap notes.

    April 9

  • ValerieJayne

    Hi everyone. I'm afraid I can't come tomorrow! Can someone take over my not-very-arduous hosting duties please? They are: make a list of attendees, welcome newcomers, make a few notes of main points (optional), remind everyone to pay for the room (£15). Most importantly, can someone re-book with the Legion at the end for the 8th May meetup? Then email me the details so I can send out the May info. Thanks very much!

    April 9

  • Kamila

    Since I was absent last Thursday I want to invite everyone for my choir's concert on the 29th (Saturday) at 8.00 pm in the big church next to the shopping centre in MK. And here is the lik: http://www.mkchorale.org.uk/New...­
    I haven't finished Zola yet but I enjoy the book very very much.

    March 19

    • Ruth D.

      Hi I'd like to attend and will try to .Sounds lovely .

      March 19

  • Ruth D.

    Sorry to hear Germinal wasn't popular .I think it was really well written and really focusses on issues of class and poverty-reminded me of Dickens and Hardy to some extent .

    March 17

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