Book Reading & Armchair Critics
|Facilitator:||Norma Sumner||01942 672846|
|Venue & time:||Leigh Miners||1pm - 3pm||1st Monday in month|
Our lively group discussed Ghost by Richard Harris which met his usual well researched and crisply told story. It deals in the modern subject of a ghost writer charge with updating the memoirs of a former MP involve in the Gulf War. His connection to the USA and the American influence in British politics is explored and leads to many twists and turns and an ace of an ending. DO NOT TURN TO THE BACK PAGE if you take up our recommendation of this author and his body of work.
Our next read may prove a touching challenge as it is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. It explores a damaged mind in old age.
Our visit to Rylands Library in Manchester was inspiring and we cannot wait to return shortly for a behind the scenes conducted tour
We meet on Wednesday next at the Lowry for A Comedy about a Bank Robbery.
We were introduced to a fascinating TV programme about the history of Rugby.which is our living history and highly recommended. It is called The Rugby Codebreaker.
Our next meeting is on Monday 1st October where we hope our two new members will return.
Happy reading to everyone.
Good things come in small packages it is said. In the case of Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, GREAT things America in a small package. Please pardon the pun.
The novel is a total exposure of the American Dream in 1920’s Jazz Age. It explores Society and Class, love and desires, money and materialism, death and failure and morality and ethics or lack of same.little wonder that it is an American classic and has been the subject of much academic research and debate. It’s themes are as relevant today as they were then.
The novel provoked much discussion and was as thoroughly relished by some members as it left others cold.
Such a dichotomy means the read is always a good choice.
The next book is to be The Reader by Prof. Bernhardt Schlinks.
We saw War Horse at the Lowry this month and it was a wonderful production which richly deserved its standing ovation. If you have not seen this on stage, may we urge you to do so most earnestly.
Members going to the Royal Exchange on Saturday 28th July to see Queens of Coal, should meet at the Advantage car park at noon unless you are making your own arrangements.
It was a pleasure to welcome a new member who was on the same page as our merry band all through this meeting on the first day of Wimbledon. Our precious cake maker supplied us appropriately with delicious jam and cream scones. Thank you ma’m.
Enjoy all this sunshine and good reading until 6th August and don’t forget to bring your item for Room 101 with you.
June Book review was Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things. In an American hospital a newborn baby dies and the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his white supremacist father is blamed.
The harrowing court case that follows brings a frank and harrowing insight into prejudice in many guises. It manages to challenge the reader to examine their own opinions. It was not an easy or a comfortable read for many but a good story with a worthy subject and some welcome twists and turns. Well recommended.
Our next read is a return to the classic genre with Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
Theatre lovers are looking forward to The Queens of Coal at the Royal Exchange in July.
Meanwhile happy reading and enjoy this glorious sunshine until our next meeting on Monday 2July
Our May meeting saw a lively discussion after reading Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The author is famous for her ability to express major issues succinctly. She never wastes a word in dealing with major issues of good and evil. This novel shows clearly the state of women’ place in society after WW1, education, social mores and not least the good and bad in human nature. She shows a great understanding of young women (her Creme de la Creme). A most welcome classic enjoyed by all who read it.
The visit to Manchester Royal Exchange for Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard was a huge success. Using the Advantage ‘bus for Saturday matinee was very welcome and will be used again for Maxine Peake’s The Queens of Coal.
The film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a British classic. It was a good representation of the book which we had enjoyed as a Book Reading group.
Our next read is Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things. It looks to be a gritty read.
The next group is on Monday 4th June.
Good reading until then everyone.