SE1 Book Club 2017

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Tuesday 28 February 2017 10.46pm
Wow, great idea! I'd like to read it.


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Jac
Saturday 18 March 2017 4.08pm
Hi all

Sorry Mr Jac and I will not be able to make the book club this month as we are out of town. Can someone book the table for April.

I have not forgotten about the possibility of getting together to watch Garp and will try sort something out for that soon.
Sunday 19 March 2017 4.09pm
Hi all,

I am glad everyone liked Garp -
Here are my 3 suggestions for this month:

Samarkand: Amin Maalouf

Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone.

Thus beginds the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript ; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.

The Lodger, a novel: Louisa Treger

Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's office and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend. Jane has recently married a writer who is hovering on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie, as they call him.

Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signaling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be happy with that arrangement.

Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back, Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives at the house—beautiful Veronica Leslie-Jones—and Dorothy finds herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal dramas and wreckage of a militant suffragette march, Dorothy finds her voice as a writer.




His Bloody Project: Graeme Macrae Burnet

The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.

Best wishes,

Nicola
Monday 20 March 2017 10.29pm
Hi all,

just the four of us tonight - including new member Stu, welcome!
Not an awful lot of enthusiasm for Don't look now, which didn't quite grab anyone's imagination - lukewarm marks from 3 to 6. Comments along the lines of too formulaic and predictable, somewhat dated (although must have been thrilling when it came out).

Our vote for the May book went to His bloody project, by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

As for April, when we will talk about Philip Roth's Operation Shylock: a confession, the third Monday of April happens to be Easter Monday and most of us are likely to be away then. We have booked a table for the fourth Monday of April, exceptionally, that's Monday 24th April. Feel free to change that booking to another day in the third week if that's more convenient. We just made the booking to ensure we had one sorted.

See you all soon.
Take care.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 9.25am
Sorry I missed it, I was all set to get there and then got distracted. Anyhow, agree with the general observation of it being formulaic, once you read one story the others are quite predictable. It was a very good movie though!
Jac
Monday 24 April 2017 9.34am
Book Club TONIGHT. Not the usual week but the Usual place 7.30pm (The Kings Arms, Newcomen Street).

Book is operation Shylock - a confession by Philip Roth.

Tattie to shortlist the next 3.

See you tonight, New members always welcome.
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