Friday, November 4, 2011

November meeting

Erin, Ben, Joe, Lynn (a new member), Elaine, Hazel F, Julie and myself met at the 3 Monkeys last night, and, amid the lasagne, muffins, salad and coffee, discussed the merits and responses to The Handmaid's Tale, which were variously, disturbing, thought-provoking, enjoyable and unenjoyable.

Joe read the wrong book - Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, which he was glad of, because he adored it (Joe - it was, in fact, a recommendation by Sue from last month. I think he would like to thank you Sue.) It so grabbed him that he turned into a hermit and ate into it's not insubstantial body with gusto - apparently. The suggestion was made that it could be a good read for the summer break.

I managed to bring the conversation around to A Prayer for Owen Meany, last month's read.

Room was our 2nd book for the month. With some interesting insight from Ben and Hazel Funch, we were led into a discussion about what 'reality' is and how that differs depending on life experience and perspective.

Erin, as always, was well-informed and spoke eloquently about all the books and re-told a short story from DH Lawrence, one of our authors for next month. I was particularly impressed by Erin and Ben's attendance since they also had a birthday party to go to. Thank you Erin and Ben for your valuable input.

Now for next month we have:

So Much for That, Lionel Shriver
Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence

Friday, July 8, 2011

current reading

Current reading for the 4th April 2012 meeting:

The Life of Pi   Yann Martel
My Sister Sif  Ruth Park 

Future Reading

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet  David Mitchell
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  Jonathan Safran Foer

We Need To Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver
Our Sunshine  Robert Drewe

The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Batavia  Peter FitzSimons

Cider with Rosie
 Laurie Lee
Get Shorty  Leonard Elmore

Through the Looking Glass
 Lewis Carroll
Dubliners  James Joyce

Girl Interrupted
  Susanna Kaysen
Cloud Atlas  David Mitchell

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
 James Joyce
Where I’m Calling From  Raymond Carver

The Catcher in the Rye  JD Salinger
Catch 22  Joseph Heller

Reserve reading list, for later...
A Thousand Splendid Suns
 Khaled Hosseini
The Secret History  Donna Tartt
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Town Like Alice  Nevil Shute
Far from the Madding Crowd  Thomas Hardy
Freedom Jonathan Franzen

Monday, June 13, 2011

First Birthday!

Thanks to everyone for last night; David, Erin, Sue, Mary, Pomi, Julie, Elaine and new member Rhonda.
Lively it was, just as a first birthday should be, and looking forward to many more perhaps? I hope so.
You probably guessed that we meet on the first Thursday of every month?

Our venue is The Three Monkeys in West End, our start time 6.30pm, although, in line with our relaxed approach, late-comers are welcome since we don't 'get down to business' until about 7pm.

Having shared our thoughts on the current reads (2 choices a month) and partaken in some culinary or liquid delight (or both) it's all over by about 9pm.

We're flexible, open-minded and friendly, so come along, why don't you?