|Sent on:||Friday, December 13, 2013 2:16 AM|
We've had 9 people vote so far and the top 2 books are only 1 vote apart. I want to post the resulting book choice on the website by monday afternoon, which will be the 16th, exactly 4 weeks before the book meetup. So PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE VOTED BY MONDAY!
These 3 books are up for the vote:
The Code of the Woosters, by P.G. Wodehouse. 304 pages.
P G Wodehouse was the funniest writer ever to put words to paper according to Hugh Laurie. This is one of his famous Jeeves and Wooster series.
When Bertie Wooster goes to Totleigh Towers to pour oil on the troubled waters of a lovers' breach between Madeline Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle, he isn't expecting to see Aunt Dahlia there - nor to be instructed by her to steal some silver. But purloining the antique cow creamer from under the baleful nose of Sir Watkyn Bassett is the least of Bertie's tasks. He has to restore true love to both Madeline and Gussie and to the Revd 'Stinker' Pinker and Stiffy Byng - and confound the insane ambitions of would-be Dictator Roderick Spode and his Black Shorts. It's a situation that only Jeeves can unravel. Writing at the very height of his powers, in The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse delivers what might be the most delightfully funny book ever committed to paper.
Border Crossing – by Pat Barker. 281 pages
When Tom Seymour, a child psychologist, plunges into a river to save a young man from drowning, he unwittingly reopens a chapter from his past he'd hoped to forget. For Tom already knows Danny Miller. When Danny was ten Tom helped imprison him for the killing of an old woman. Now out of prison with a new identity, Danny has some questions - questions he thinks only Tom can answer.
Reluctantly, Tom is drawn back into Danny's world - a place where the border between good and evil, innocence and guilt is blurred and confused. But when Danny's demands on Tim become extreme, Tom wonders whether he has crossed a line of his own - and in crossing it, can he ever go back?
'Pat Barker once again shows how she warrants her international success and popularity. Border Crossing is a thrilling, gripping novel that will leave you in a fearful trance throughout, thanks to Barker's mesmeric style of writing.' - Punch
'...A tremendous piece of writing' - The Independent on Sunday
'It's a bold book, courageous about our culture's craven obsession with violent children, mercilessly acute about the ways we all stand by, judging without feeling, hating without fearing, sacrificing without loving, the children crossing the borders into the dark places of the mind.' - Evening Standard
'This is a deeply intelligent and skilfully constructed novel ….' - The Times
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster. 256 pages.
A chance encounter… a murder in the Piazza Signoria … an impulsive kiss…and Lucy Honeychurch’s world is forever changed. Torn between settling for a life of acceptable convention or the calling of her true passion, Lucy epitomizes the struggle for individuality and the power and passion of love. A Room with a View is certainly E.M Forster’s most romantic novel, though it also questions the re-pressed sexuality and closed conventions of the Edwardian society. Set in Italy and England, Forster pivots the easy flowing passion of the Italian culture against the constrictions of late nineteenth cen-tury English society and has created a novel of great depth, charm and enchantment that has endured for over a century.
I loved it. My first intimation of the possibilities of fiction (Zadie Smith)
He says, and even more implies, things that no other novelist does, and we can go on reading Forster indefinitely (The Times )
To vote go to: http://www.meetup.com/book-club-london-east-essex-social/polls/