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New Meetup: October Main Meetup

From: Lesley M
Sent on: Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: October Main Meetup

When: October 6,[masked]:30 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

The falling leaves are passing by my window, so Autumn must be here. However, do not despair, we have a full five weeks to ease ourselves into the latter quarter of the year with two exciting literary offerings to distract us. First on the list is:

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next) by Jasper Fforde (SUE):- Pirouetting on the boundaries between sci-fi, the crime thriller and inter-textual whimsy, Jasper Fforde's outrageous novel puts you on the wrong footing even on its dedication page, which proudly announces that the book conforms to Crimean War economy standard.

Fforde's heroine, Thursday Next, lives in a world where time and reality are endlessly mutable - someone has ensured that the Crimean War never ended for example - a world policed by men like her disgraced father, whose name has been edited out of existence. She herself polices text - against men like the Moriarty-like Acheron Styx, whose current scam is to hold the minor characters of Dickens' novels to ransom, entering the manuscript and abducting them for execution and extinction one by one. When that caper goes sour, Styx moves on to the nation's most beloved novel - an oddly truncated version of Jane Eyre - and kidnaps its heroine. The phlegmatic and resourceful Thursday pursues Acheron across the border into a Leninist Wales and further to Mr Rochester's Thornfield Hall, where both books find their climax on the roof amid flames.

Next up is:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (ELEANOR):- Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles. To this library, a man brings his ten-year-old son, Daniel, one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book and from the dusty shelves pulls 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Julian Carax. But is Daniel grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. 'Atmospheric, beguiling and thoroughly readable' Observer.

So, whichever book takes your fancy (or both), settle down to a couple of thrillers in preparation for another evening of animated debate.

Happy reading smile


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