Thanks Candida for hosting our smallest ever book club last Friday – leading us to conclude we need some new members, as some of the old ones are a bit rubbish. If you know anyone you think would be interested, then do invite them, otherwise we may put a notice on the board.
We’d found Nana quite tough going in places, and couldn’t quite work out whether the author was sympathetic or disapproving of Nana and her world. Some of the scenes described were very evocative of the time and place, including the horse race and the theatre scenes, and the Paris of late 19th century did come alive in all its glory/squalor. However the large cast of characters was a bit confusing, with not much to differentiate one gold digger/aristocratic dissolute gentleman from another, and it was hard to like Nana, who was such a big part of the book, making it not a totally enjoyable read.
Next month our reading takes us to Nottingham (Ruth – are you in a show there?!) with The Rainbow by DH Lawrence. Emma will be hosting a BBQ Book club on Friday 15th August – please note this is a week later than normal! We may also start a bit earlier to allow time for sausage eating before the book discussion.
September reading has been chosen by Gillian: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III.
Hoping for a better turn out next month!