Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Third Policeman -- Flann O'Brien

A definite Marmite  book  - half hated it and half rated it highly...No accounting for taste.
An absurdist adventure into Death.. or just absurd

Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Ghost Writer -- Philip Roth

The majority enjoyed this one. It may be self-indulgent - a writer writing about a writer about a writer....

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

City of Thieves -- David Benioff

A readable but odd book . Farce and cruelty  set in WW2 - read like a film  but not one I would see.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Hand that First Held Mine -- Maggie O'Farrell

A divided group -most thought it OK if flawed, some very engaged and one hated it.

Monday, 20 July 2015

The End of Days -- Jenny Erpenbeck

This divided us. Two or three really liked it.,  some couldn't get on with it.
A  poetic book that is  "literary" novel

Friday, 5 June 2015

Capital -- John Lanchester

Rather stock predictable characters but an engaging easy read, No great insights by the end of it

Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Crying of Lot 49 -- Thomas Pynchon

Some wonderful ideas   , playing with the reader . One of us could not finish it,the rest admired it although the middle section drags a bit

Monday, 23 March 2015

Honour -- Elif Shafik

We thought this an interesting book, readable and well worth persisting with.
London and rural Turkey woven together.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Death and the Penguin -- Andrei Kurkov

A short , darkly amusing read. We all liked it  - but not much to discuss. Magnus Mills with a political agenda. Worth a look.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Cloud Atlas -- David Mitchell

Very clever  , but is there a message . Apparently yes but most of us missed it.
Good but not great