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IBG Tuesday Meetup - The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

Hi All,

Please see set up for you all to get reading.

Details to follow of our last Tuesday meetup.

See you then,

Hannah :-)

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  • Sara

    Books put forward:

    Mark: Under The Skin by Michael Faber
    Scott: Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
    Sara: Homo Faber by Max Frisch

    June 9, 2014

  • Sara

    We had a lovely time discussing The Beginning of Spring last Tuesday. We all enjoyed the writing and the calm style and great description of detail, even though some of us were left a bit frustrated by it - and felt it was like watching a French film. ;)
    We wondered why the author chose the topic (paying homage to her heroes/Russian literature?) and the importance of Russia and the time the novel takes place (just before the Russian Revolution, a very symbolic time to set a novel). Could the novel have been set somewhere else (e.g. Reading)?
    We found that especially the female characters seem a bit undefined (deliberately) and discussed the women in the novel and the impact of their actions (Nellie, Lisa). Why does Nellie run away, why does she return? We also looked into Frank's character and his role as a cultural outsider and the other men in the novel (Selwyn).

    The book with the most votes: Homo Faber
    July (1st tbc)

    June 9, 2014

  • Morgan

    Hi, so sorry for the late notice, but I just saw the time, and there is no way I will make it in the next 30 min. I will try and catch the tail end, but wish you a great meeting if I don't catch you!

    June 3, 2014

  • Steve S

    Due to a combination of factors, I probably can't make it today (I'm a maybe), though I read the book! If anyone's interested in a private book club over a coffee let me know! Have a good one! I'll try and make it next time.

    June 3, 2014

  • Sara

    Since I'm the host today, please feel free to call me on[masked] if you can't find us.

    June 3, 2014

  • Eleanor M.

    Sorry, but I won't be able to make it this time, but hope to make the next one.

    May 29, 2014

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