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June Main Meetup - Tuesday 01 June 2010 at 7:30pm

From: Eleanor
Sent on: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 6:32 PM
Hello everyone.

Half way through the year, and our nominations for the June Main Meetup are two international best selling novels that promise to be great reads while also being very different:

Pulitzer prize finalist and Boeke winner (South African Booker), The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (nominated by Sue) tells the story of an American family in the Congo during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. The story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil. This tale of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction, over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, is set against one of history's most dramatic political parables. The Poisonwood Bible dances between the darkly comic human failings and inspiring poetic justices of our times. In a compelling exploration of religion, conscience, imperialist arrogance, and the many paths to redemption, Barbara Kingsolver has written a novel of overwhelming power and passion.

Man Booker winner, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (nominated by Steve) is essentially a story about Thomas Cromwell: England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, 'Wolf Hall' is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.

Whether you choose to read one or both (small plug here, they are both in Waterstone?s current 3 for 2 offer, or at least they were at 1pm today. Obviously, they are also available from a large range of other book suppliers), I look forward to seeing you in June for some stimulating discussion and socialising. As before, 50p donations towards the groups? costs will be greatly appreciated!

Eleanor

Other nominations for June were:

This is How by M.J. Hyland (Oonagh)
Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig (Seigne)
Devil?s Staircase by Helen Fitzgerald (Seigne)
Eat the Rich by P.G. O?Rourke (Jim)
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (Eve)
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (Brian)
Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Theresa)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Eleanor)

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