Group Leader: Jean Hosie
In 1996 Val Bell, a new U3A member, set up "Bookshelf" as a reading group which she ran for ten years before asking Kate Bosset to lead in 2006. In 2016 JH became leader and has continued these policies. We limit ourselves to 21st century novels and usually read just one book of any author; reading two novels each term, meeting for discussion on two occasions - generally within the first week or two of the term and then towards the end.
In these uncertain times with face-to-face meetings discouraged because of the Coronavirus pandemic, I suggest we continue to read in the usual way, and then exchange comments and views at a Zoom meeting, online, or by telephone. Bookshelf is open to all members of Brecon U3A and is an entirely informal group which I hope members will continue to enjoy.
For the Summer Term I suggested two short-ish novels, one set in the future: "The Wall" by John Lanchester - and the second "The Order of the Day" by Eric Vuillard, a French writer and is set in the period 1920-1939. I would be interested to have comments on these
Now in September I suggest "A Tale for our Time" by Japanese-Canadian writer, Ruth Ozeki, for a meeting in mid-October. It is worth working through the first 30 or so pages which are a bit tedious but it blossoms into a very intriguing and fulfilling read.
Secondly try "Draw your Plow over the Bones of the Dead" by Polish writer: Olga Toraczuk - which again requires a little perseverance through the first 30+ pages but is worthwhile, for discussion early in December.
These books are available on-line, and through Public Libraries, or I am happy to order them.
If you like reading contemporary novels and the opportunity to discuss what you have read, please join our virtual Bookshelf - you will be very welcome. JH - tel.no. 01874-611666 email@example.com
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