Book Reading 1
Meetings held second Monday from 2:00 to 3:30pm
We meet in each other’s homes
Convenor: Chris Brown (857682)
There are 3 book reading groups which meet
No 1 on the second Monday afternoon of the month
No 2 on the first Monday afternoon of the month
No 3 on the first Thursday morning of the month.
We read books from the reading group collection at the library, or a book we choose and get our own copy, and discuss the book at the meeting.
WHAT WE HAVE READ
Currawalli Street - Christopher Morgan ****
Currawalli Street tells the story of a quiet Melbourne street. The first half of the book is based in 1913 when the first few houses have just been built, the residents are starting to know their neighbours and Australia is preparing to go to war. The second half is set in 1972 during the Vietnam war and highlights the growth of the street and the changes that have occurred over the generations. It is well written and a pleasant, gentle read with touches of humour and some lovely vignettes on life in early 20th century Australia. However there are a lot of characters to keep track of and no actual plot to speak of. Some of us found the fact that the story did not go anywhere quite annoying.
We felt it was a gentle summer read but would have benefited from a plan of the street or a family tree to help keep track of everyone. The group awarded it 6.5 out of 10
H is for Hawk Helen Macdonald
This book prompted a wide-ranging discussion,making it ideal for Book Groups.This memoir describes a year in the author's life following the death of her father.The stages of her grief are played out against the training of her goshawk,Mabel;the intensity of her grief causes her total immersion in the hawk .She almost becomes the hawk;totally obsessed with the training. Her heightened awareness of every detail of her surroundings is shown through her detailed and beautifully written descriptions of the surrounding coutryside.
Differing views were held by members of the group;some understanding the intensity of her grief;others seeing it as self-indulgent.The discussion centred round the training of the hawk,grief and the life of T H White whose book on training his goshawk was quoted throughout the book. The group enjoyed the information about falconry, but found some parts too intense. A book which divided opinions , H is for Hawk is a very personal memoir and diary of one woman's grief.But it also engages interest in the austringer's art.