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New Meetup: May Monthly Meeting

From: Eleanor
Sent on: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:16 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: May Monthly Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 4,[masked]:30 PM

Waxy O'Connors
44 West George Street G2 1DH

Nearly half way through the year (eek!), it's time for the 5th meeting of 2010. The books chosen for our reading delights this month are:

One Day by David Nicholls (Trish)

One Day covers the lives of two protagonists on 15 July, St. Swithen's Day, for twenty years:

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, with malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

Among many other things, One Day is a very persuasive and endearing account of a close friendship - the delight Emma and Dexter take in one another, the flirting and the banter that sometimes hide resentment and sometimes yearning, the way the relationship shifts and evolves as the years pass.

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende (Keryn)

The House of the Spirits is an epic story focusing on four generations of women of the Trueba family and their dreams, hopes, love affairs, spiritual yearnings, and connections with each other. At the same time, the book portrays the tumultuous social and political changes occurring in Chile. Although the country in the book is never named as Chile, its history and events correspond to events that occurred there, from the ownership of huge tracts of land by the wealthy, through land reform in the 1960s, to the popularly elected government of Salvador Allende (who was Isabel Allende's uncle and godfather) and his overthrow by a political dictatorship.

One of Times Online's best 60 books of the last 60 years, and described by reviewers as variously "spell binding", "absorbing", "uncommonly satisfying", and "an extraordinary debut", The House of Spirits promises much.

The other books nominated were:

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Brian)
Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik (Jim)
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt (Oonagh)
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (Oonagh)
The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge (Eve)
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Mhairi)
Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup (Eleanor)

Hope to see you there at the usual place and the usual time.

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