Newport PagnellUnited Kingdom
April 20, 2012
Somewhere silent. Attentive deep reading is the only way to get the best out of a book. Aside from that the TV is crap and steadily getting worse! Much rather be immersed in a book that forces me to think and reconsider. Admittedly don't mind a book which serves to affirm everything I already believed before I picked it up!
I'm a teacher, tutor and part-time researcher based in Northampton. I read a lot of history and literature for teaching and for pleasure. I am drawn to books which are artfully constructed where characters narrator/s voices have a strong presence.
Relaxed, friendly, unpretentious with a good cross-section of readers from all walks of life. On Thursday 13th September we discussed Philip K Dick's Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. Readers were candid enough to openly admit we all found the novel difficult. The plot was too convoluted and the slapstick characters hard to relate to. We also found the novel's ambiguous ending quite frustrating. Nevertheless the consensus was that the novel raised a number of thought-provoking questions about control of the media and the unstable nature of "reality." Next month's theme taps into the up-beat sporting mood on the back of the Summer Olympics. Choosing one book from Hannah's excellent list of options proved exceptionally difficult and went to a second vote. We eventually settled on The Scrapper by Brendan O'Carroll.