San Diego Women's Professional Book Club April Meeting

  • April 5, 2008 · 12:00 PM
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For the month of April, the book to read is a historical novel called "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. This book is also a movie! ENJOY! Look forward to seeing everyone there. Thanks,
Kirstie

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Review of book From Publishers Weekly
Sisterly rivalry is the basis of this fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Anne, her sister Mary and their brother George are all brought to the king's court at a young age, as players in their uncle's plans to advance the family's fortunes. Mary, the sweet, blond sister, wins King Henry VIII's favor when she is barely 14 and already married to one of his courtiers. Their affair lasts several years, and she gives Henry a daughter and a son. But her dark, clever, scheming sister, Anne, insinuates herself into Henry's graces, styling herself as his adviser and confidant. Soon she displaces Mary as his lover and begins her machinations to rid him of his wife, Katherine of Aragon. This is only the beginning of the intrigue that Gregory so handily chronicles, capturing beautifully the mingled hate and nearly incestuous love Anne, Mary and George ("kin and enemies all at once") feel for each other and the toll their family's ambition takes on them. Mary, the story's narrator, is the most sympathetic of the siblings, but even she is twisted by the demands of power and status; charming George, an able plotter, finally brings disaster on his own head by falling in love with a male courtier. Anne, most tormented of all, is ruthless in her drive to become queen, and then to give Henry a male heir. Rather than settling for a picturesque rendering of court life, Gregory conveys its claustrophobic, all-consuming nature with consummate skill. In the end, Anne's famous, tragic end is offset by Mary's happier fate, but the self-defeating folly of the quest for power lingers longest in the reader's mind.
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    A former member

    We missed Kirstie but Roya did a great job.
    Lots of new people

    April 8, 2008

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    I really enjoyed the indepth discussions we had about the book and how it relates to women's roles in today society.

    April 6, 2008

  • A former member
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    Great discussions always come out of this group. We don't always agree, but hearing everyone's different viewpoints just makes it all the more enjoyable.

    April 5, 2008

  • Elva Mellor

    Good group

    April 5, 2008

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    A former member

    it was a great meeting thanks to everyone who participated..

    April 5, 2008

  • A former member
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    This was a great first experience for me. Everyone contributed and the discussion was well led.

    April 5, 2008

  • A former member
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    This was my first meeting and I really enjoyed interacting with all of you! I think some great discussion was stimulated by the book and we could see some echoes of the past in the world today. Thanks for making me feel welcome.

    April 5, 2008

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