Brecon U3A Literature Group
Having led the group for over three years, I am often unsre about which books to include as the subjects for each term. I recognise that we all like some books better than others, but I think we are a bit stuck with the idea of Classical Literature. Perhaps it would be a good idea to open it up a bit and include a wider selection of books and authors.
The “Observer” runs a small column called “Book Clinic”, which 3 weeks ago (February) asked for recommendations for a series of books which would impress the admission tutors at University. The query was answered by Phillip Hensher, who is head of Creative Writing at Bath University. What follows is his list of recommended reads.
G.K. Chesterton – “The Man who was Thursday.” Published in 1908 it is the story of a man who was recruited by Scotland Yard as an “Anti-Anarchist agent. It is described as uproarious and profound!
Elizabeth Bowen – “The House in Paris” – published in 1935 it is set in France and Britain in the period immediately following the First World War. It is the story of two children – Henrietta and Leopold and takes place on a single day in February.
V.S. Naipaul – “A House for Mr. Biswas” – published in 1961. Rated 72 on the list of best 100 English novels of the 20th Century. The hero – Mr Biswas _ strives to succeed, but often fails. He just wants his own house. A story told from a post-colonial perspective.
Muriel Spark – “Memento Mori” – published in 1959. It is a troubling fantasy of old age and anonymous phone calls. Memento Mori means “Remember you must die.”
Last, but by no means least – Doris Lessing – “Marriage Between Zones Three, Four and Five.” Published in 1980, it is described as “Feminist Science Fiction.” A recommended read by the #MeToo movement!
If you agree, we could read the first two in the Summer Term, and the final three in the Autumn Term when we will have had the long hot summer to read them!
I have checked, and they are all available on Amazon or eBay, and you may find them in the second-hand bookshops.
Any other suggestions, please let me know.