We had a great meetup this week when we discussed Death in Venice by Thomas Mann.
I missed the first hour and a half but I have it on good authority that everyone used kind words and it was mostly friendly.
I joined at the halfway mark when we continued to discuss the book.
It was a nice short read and most of us finished it. We were all awed by the skill of Thomas Mann - for most of us it was our first introduction to him. I also ( accidentally ) read Little Herr Friedman - i'd recommend it if you enjoyed Death in Venice.
We were so entralled by Mann's writing that we felt it would be churlish to even consider whether or not the story was good or bad.
It was a multi layered tale of the dangers of living life pursuing a single minded mission and the disastrous and extreme consequences of doing so.
We then had the vote for the next book .... ummm..... #blimey
The winner was:
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Please see a synopsis of the book.
Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" is one of the best-known novels of the 20th century: the controversial story of Humbert Humbert who falls in love with twelve year old Lolita, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of my tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.' Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, frustrated college professor. In love with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Lolita, he'll do anything to possess her. Unable and unwilling to stop himself, he is prepared to commit any crime to get what he wants. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? "A masterpiece. One of the great works of art of our age". ("Independent"). "You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent". (Martin Amis, "Observer"). "Redeeming, splendid, headlong, endlessly comic and evocative". (John Updike). "Lolita is more the shocking because it is both intensely lyrical and wildly funny ...a Medusa's head with trick paper snakes".
Hope to see you at this the first meetup of the year.