Sunday, 5 January 2014

WOW WI Book Group 2013

 WOW WI book group met every month in 2013 except August. Members attending varied from 3 to 10 and a variety of books were read and discussed. These ere either members choices or taken from TV book club lists, mainly The Richard & Judy Book Club

When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman was the book for January. A book of two halves: the first about childhood, the second the main characters adult life, this felt like 2 separate books  and opinion was mixed although most enjoyed it.

February we read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. A dark story of abduction and murder and how a family coped with the consequences. A second reading for some of us, this book is beautifully written but a dark subject matter and an exploration of family dynamics and grief.

In March  most  of us started Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This classic story of love, adultery class and society in late 19th century Russia proved heavy going for most of us and no one finished it.

April we all enjoyed a rip roaring historical romance mixed with time travel and a bit of fantasy. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon was felt by some to be inaccurate and corny but overall a good read and an absorbing story.

May's book was  the memoir of Denis Avery, who as a young soldier during WWII, claims to have been smuggled into the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. A harrowing read, this book divided opinion as to how true his account of being in this camp might have been.

In June we read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese the story of a young Indian boy growing up with his extended family amidst political unrest in post war Ethiopia, and his subsequent career as a doctor in America. An absorbing novel.

September saw us discussing The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. In this novel the Earth's revolution become slower, time becomes slower affecting the length of a day, the weather. the seasons and everyday life. In the midst of this strange almost apocalyptic event the teenage heroine is adjusting to puberty, family life and first love. We all enjoyed this book but felt the ending was inconclusive.

October we enjoyed an a psychological thriller Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie and November we read the Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman. This atmospheric book describes the life of an Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife on an island off the west Australian coast. Saddened by the absence of children one day a boat is washed up with a small baby in it. Do they report the event or keep the baby...moral courage, love, grief and right and wrong are examined in this unusual novel.

In January - Tuesday 11th -  we start the new year with Tracy Chevaliers latest The Last Runaway.

New members always welcome. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Conservative Club in Central Weston at 7.30 pm. email for more details or ask any committee member.

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