Reading 2 (Afternoon)
The regular group meeting is 3rd Wednesday of the month 1.30pm-3.30pm at the United Reformed Church on Symonds Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3DH . The meeting room is the first on the right after entering the building.
Next Meetings: Wednesday 18th December 2019, Wednesday 15th January 2020.
How the group works: Books (library group loan) are issued at a meeting for members to read, and are then discussed at the following meeting. We choose our reading list democratically each year so everyone is sure of finding something they like. We very rarely agree about the merits of a particular book, which adds to our enjoyment and the liveliness of our meetings. We are still looking for members to join us. I have spare copies of the book and can arrange a handover.
If you would like more details then contact group leader, Brenda Molnar on 01772 722132.
Book for discussion: December 2019 : The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge
Beryl Bainbridge offers a brilliantly fictionalized account of the doomed Antarctic expedition led by Captain Scott in 1912. At once hair-raising and beautiful, here is an astonishing tale of misguided courage and human endurance. The Birthday Boys of the title are Scott and four members of his team, each of whom narrates a section of the book. As the story progresses the reader discovers that these men may not be reliable reporters. Their cocky optimism is both ghastly and dangerous. Brought up to despise professional expertise, their enterprise is lunatic, amateur and gentlemanly. Beryl Bainbridge makes it hauntingly clear: the men are fatally doomed in their bravery, the very stuff of heroes. Captain Scott's poignant trek becomes, in this remarkable novel, an historical event which prefigures the terrible new world dawning in Europe. It was an inept rehearsal for the carnage of the first world war, the ultimate challenge for the arrogant generals who shared Scott's skewed notion of courage that led men qualmlessly into harm's way. Subtle, poetic and unforgettable, The Birthday Boys is impossible to read without experiencing that magical shiver up the spine which is caused when great writing touches the soul