N.B. The £2 is a deposit, fully refunded on the day of the meeting; this group makes no profit!
Lovely to meet some new faces at the January meeting. The spread of marks for Death and the Penguin (Andrey Kurkov) seemed more a function of how strict we were as critics than vastly differing opinions on the merits of the book. I gave it one of the lowest marks but ended up most steadfast in its defence. Thank you for a lively discussion that had more longevity than I had predicted.
Nominations for the book for March included Tortilla Flat (John Steinbeck), Please Look After Mother (Kyung-Sook Shin) and, the winner by a cat's whisker, The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro).
Book club favourite Life of Pi will be our literary fodder for February, back in the limelight after the release of the film by the same name and it's subsequent string of Oscar nominations. Master story-teller Martell makes us believe the unbelievable. Like it (as most do) or loathe it, it always generates meaty discussion.
I thought we'd go Lebanese, so have booked Kaslik, which has good reviews and is reasonably priced.