The next meeting is on Thursday 20 June at 2.45,
when we will discuss
Caroline suggested books for the July meeting (and August) and we chose:
Thursday July 18th
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Wednesday August 14th
The Girl who fell from the Sky by Simon Mawer
We have decided to have aperos after 6pm for the August meeting, Wednesday 14th, to celebrate Pam’s small birthday. She has said she would be happier if we again met at her house and we can all bring some canapés and fizz.
NB. A correction from Carole about a book she liked by Angela Carter. It’s called Wise Children.
Here is a review of the meeting on May 23rd:
Doris Lessing, The Diaries of Jane Somers
Aren’t we lucky to be able to have books to read written by such good writers. Doris Lessing has written many epic books and The Diaries of Jane Somers certainly provoked praise of her marvellous descriptive writing and storytelling. The book is actually 2 books, bound into one, featuring the same heroine in the difference stages of her life. As a successful magazine editor with a ‘clean and perfect’ life we watch her see her husband die, then her mother, then befriending an old woman who she cares for and grows to love, perhaps to help ease her emotional guilt. The second book finds her falling in love again and caring for her young despot niece.
Some found the book an uncomfortable read evoking memories and thoughts of old relatives, old age homes and care workers. Also it probably ‘struck a cord’ with us as we’re all more sensitive about getting old. Doris Lessing, through her characters, gives us a clear insight into old age with old people fiercely clinging to their independence and creating their own isolation. Not necessarily an enjoyable read but emotional, thought provoking and highly descriptive with strong characters.
Have a look at when Doris Lessing received the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. I wonder who the guy with the artichoke and onions is in link 1?!!