Thanks Candida for hosting a fine anniversary meeting on Friday 13th, lots to pack in so straight on with business…..
Kicking off with the book, we had all enjoyed A Study in Scarlet and the introduction to Sherlock Holmes, as seen through Watson’s eyes, showing how the two met and his first impressions of the famous detective. Holmes’ techniques were very clever, and it was interesting to read how he came to his conclusions about people and cases through his different observations and way of looking at the world. Some of the techniques used, whilst commonplace nowadays, would have been novel in their day. The second part of the book was at first confusing, switching the action quickly to Utah, but was interesting in its depictions of Mormons (evil villains) and to explain the conclusion, and how Jefferson Hope came to kill Drebber and Stangerson. It was also an interesting and experimental technique to use for a first novel. The language was a bit over excitable at points with lots of exclaiming and cries, but overall a thrilling and very entertaining read, which enticed us to read more of Sherlock’s adventures.
Those of you interested in the man himself may like the TV adaptation of another book club read Arthur and George, coming soon to ITV, and starring Candida’s mum!
There is also a Sherlock Holmes exhibition on at the Museum of London until April, if anyone is interested in a school trip at some point, let me know.
Next was the all exciting raffle draw, this year won by Geoff — congratulations on your £14 book token win.
And new for 2015, another quiz. I have to congratulate Gillian on her hat trick victory (can anyone else ever win…..?) and scoring a very impressive 9/10. Clues and answers will be up on the blog soon for anyone who wants to see if they can match that.
Finally, review of the year, it was noted that generally the standard this year had been pretty high, with some good reads, and no standout duds. A close vote in the first round ended in a 4-way tie for best read, between The Goldfinch, House of Sand and Fog, The Boys from Brazil and A Study in Scarlet. A second round of votes narrowed this down to The Goldfinch and A Study in Scarlet as joint winners. At the other end, Nana won the wooden spoon, with Youth in 11th place.
And not forgetting your books for next time:
13th March – Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
10th April – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
Choosing next for May’s book club: Gillian