Book Group 2
Group Leader Vicky Bayley
There is currently a vacancy in this group. Please contact Vicky Bayley (02381 945197) if you’re interested.
The Absolutist by John Boyne
"The Absolutist" by John Boyne is a thought provoking book, set in WW1. It deals with issues of cowardliness, conscientious objectors/ absolutism and homosexuality, all of which were viewed very differently at that time. I think we all agreed that Boyne's writing is excellent although we had different views about the characters and their actions. It was an interesting book although there were some quite graphic scenes of war and violence which made difficult reading. We rated it 3.
A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope
When recently widowed Thea Osborne arrives to house-sit for a couple who live in a tranquil picturesque Cotswold village, her only fear is that three weeks there might prove a little dull. Needless to say there is a murder which leads to all sorts of intrigue and mayhem! This is the first of the series by Rebecca Tope based on the main character who house sits for owners on holiday. As one of our members said, the reading of a later book in the series was good, so he thought that the first in the series would be similar but not so. Although an easy read, the narrative and characters did not really engage us and everyone agreed that it was not particularly enjoyable. We rated it 2.
Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris
Although we had mixed opinions, on the whole we appreciated the clever and unusual construction of this book albeit we didn't necessarily like some of the five characters. The novel comprised on five separate characters who interlinked with each other in a brief and in some cases unknowing way. Everyone liked that it was set in Salisbury as it was fairly local. Some found it hard to stomach Rita's story because of her "choice" language but most of us liked George. The idea of the five rivers - Wylye, Nadder, Ebble, Bourne which flow into the Avon - represented by the five characters - Rita, Sam, George, Alison & Liam - whose lives all touched one another, sometimes unknowingly, was a good one. An interesting choice. We rated it 3.
Sadly we bid a fond farewell to Rita Tanner from our group as she no longer feels able to keep up with the reading due to failing eye sight. We will miss her company and contributions at the group meetings.