We met on Wednesday 23rd April to talk about “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent.. Based on actual events, this dark novel follows the story of Agnes Magnusdotter who is condemned to death for her part in the murder of her lover. This book was shortlisted fot the Guardian First Book Award and all the group thought this was one of the best books we had ever read as a group. The gripping cold and formidable landscapes of Iceland are wonderfully portrayed. The consensus was that this was an inspired choice and compelling read, certainly to be recommended.
This was in stark contrast to our previous choice of the Alice Munro short story collection, “Dear Life” Some of these stories were quite enjoyable but none of them particularly memorable and we had a hard time understanding the rave reviews this book received.
Our next meeting will be on May 28th when we will be discussing “Spring Tide” a Scandinavian thriller by a husband and wife team, Cilla and Rolf Borjlind. This book opens with a woman buried up to her neck in sand on a Swedish beach on the night of a Spring Tide. The tide gradually comes in sweeping over the entrapped woman until it covers all of her…… . The story itself starts some years later with a young woman trainee police officer being assigned this unsolved case to investigate informally as a training exercise. What she uncovers is, of course, dark and dangerous!
The June meeting has actually been postponed to July 2nd when we will be discussing Ernest Hemmingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Set during the Spanish Civil War with a young American fighting on the Republican side. Hemingway went to Spain during the Civil War and this book reflects some of the things he saw while he was there.
The July meeting is scheduled for July 30th when we will be discussing Kate Atkinson’s latest paperback “Life after Life”
All our meetings are held at the Old Punchbowl Inn in Warwick and we start at 6.00pm and chat for about an hour. Do come along and join us.