The book group meets monthly in the homes of the group members. Members choose in turn books to be discussed and copies are often obtained from Oakham library. In this way we have the chance to enjoy reading and discussing a selection of books, some of which we might not otherwise have considered.
Whilst the majority of the books discussed are relatively modern fiction, we have also read classics, memoirs and biographies, travel writing and books that might be described as fables or allegories. In our discussions we analyse characters, question the plausibility of plots, examine authors’ intentions and reflect on a wide range of themes such as memory, how people cope with the death of a child, the need for fulfilment in life and the possibility of redemption.
When a member has already read a book to be discussed, a re-reading and the subsequent discussion may lead to a reassessment of the quality of the work resulting, in some cases, in a less favourable verdict, but in others in a fuller appreciation of the author’s talent.
For more information, contact: Margaret Hunt via the U3A Message Page