Tuesday 24 January 2012 2.19pm
jackie rokotnitz wrote:
Hi Everyone. It's my turn to choose books for April:"
1.THE MILKMAN IN THE NIGHT by Andrey Kurkov
This is an absolutely charming book, wry and funny, a whodunnit and a social commentary. THINGs are going bump in the night in Kiev. A strange cat with nine lives keeps reappearing. Semyon has started to sleepwalk and is so disturbed he has to get a friend to watch him and find out where his sleepwalking is taking him. Meantime a young single mother is donating her milk to a mysterious customer, and a couple of widows are living with their deceased husbands in ..er..unusual circumstances. A hoot.
2.THE CAT'S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje. This is certainly partly autobiographical, but is a magical tale of a young Sri Lankan boy from a rich family going to England to school, on an ocean going liner in the 1950s. He and two other boys live in this cut off microcosm of the world with all sorts of interesting and unusual people, many with secrets which are gradually revealed. Told years later by the grown up Michael remembering his child's eye view and the wonder of discovery and excitement while sailing half way round the world...this is a beautiful and exciting book.
3.CALEB'S CROSSING by Geraldine Brooks. An extraordinarily vivid picture of early 17th Century New England, and the relationships between the Puritan settlers and the local Indian tribes..this is a truly beautifully realised story of love and loss - written in a very carefully transposed vernacular of the times, so that it rings incredibly true. The "crossing" is that of a Native American who became the first student at the newly founded Harvard, having "crossed" from his own culture to that of the English settlers through his friendship with a daughter of a minister on what was to become the island of Martha's Vinyard. Gorgeous.
Thank you, Jackie!
For anybody new to the SE1 book club, we meet the first Wednesday of every month in the Britannia pub, Kipling Street
The books for discussion in February & March are:-
1 February Per Petterson's "Out Stealing Horses"
7 March Armistead Maupin's "Mary Ann in Autumn"
If you are planning to attend next Wednesday, then you get to vote for the April book, which is one of the 3 selected by Jackie.