Book Club - Chapter 1
MEETING at 10-12 on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
A Month in the Country by J L Carr was the next book we read. It told the story of a war-damaged man spending a month in the country uncovering a hidden mural under whitewash on the church’s wall. He also meets another war veteran who is employed to look for a certain grave outside the churchyard walls. The book gives a strong sense of life post war and the feelings of the veterans who served in it. The book draws inspiration from many parts of Carr’s life, and several of us went on to read his biography.
We then read Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood – a marmite book for us. The first two parts were very evocative of Hemingway’s early life and marriages, but the last part felt unreal. The descriptive writing in the first two parts was excellent. We all felt we were in wherever the author was writing about – particularly in the South of France.
Over the summer we had no meetings, but have read two books – The Storied Life of A K Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. We are due to discuss these at our September meeting.
This group is full.