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New Meetup: May Main Meetup

From: Lesley M
Sent on: Saturday, April 18, 2009 9:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: May Main Meetup

When: May 5,[masked]:30 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Meetup Description: The winning books for reading and discussion at this May meetup promise a mix of murder, mystery and potential mayhem. First up is:

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (nominated by Sue)
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Next choice is:

Be Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan (nominated by Lesley)
A moving story is at the heart of this book, but it is the portrayals of its main characters and their inter-actions which are its main strengths. The story concerns an English Roman Catholic priest, David Anderton, who moves to a parish in Scotland, where old sectarian tensions live on into the present day. Anderton experiences prejudice from his Protestant neighbours, but never quite connects with his own parishioners - hardly surprising in view of his love of old English roses and fine wines. The only successful relationship he maintains is with his house-keeper, Mrs Poole, and there is some fine dialogue in the chapters where their verbal sparring predominates, and where later they have to deal with difficult issues.

Anderton eventually extends his ministry among the local youth, and the writer captures the dangerous carelessness of the relationships that develop as Anderton moves into a world in which he could never participate without taking risk bordering on recklessness. The writer exactly describes how a lonely, almost isolated life can lead to the taking of any opportunities for human contact however dubious the company. The latter half of the book is like an accident waiting to happen: the reader knows where Anderton's path is leading him, and can him making the mistakes along the way which lead to the inevitable disaster.

So whichever novel takes your fancy (or indeed both) come along and contribute to the discussion and debate on this month's literary pickings.

Happy reading!


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