Thursday, October 25, 2007

Interested in Joining the Book Group?

New female members are very welcome. Our aim is to create a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere where smart, vivacious women can feel comfortable expressing themselves through the medium of books. Of course we expect to have fun and eat good food too!
If you'd like to join us, then simply get in touch via my profile and I will get back to you.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Book for November

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai

"After years of failure at school and work, and of spending his days dreaming in the tea stalls and singing to himself in the public gardens, it doesn't seem as if the post-office clerk Sampath Chawla is going to amount to much. But then he climbs a Guava tree and becomes unexpectedly famous as a guru."

Other books by the author:
The Inheritance of Loss (2006 Man Booker Prize Winner)

October Meeting

We next meet on Sunday 22nd October lunch, 1pm at Three Quarters Chinese on Church Street.

If you have read this month's book and would like to join us, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Book for October

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

"Gaskell's last novel, widely considered her masterpiece, follows the fortunes of two familes in nineteenth century rural England. At it's core are family relationships - father, daughter and step mother, father and sons, father and step daughter - all tested and strained by the romantic entanglements that ensue.

Despite its underlying seriousness, the prevailing tone is one of comedy. Gaskell vividly portrays the world of the late 1820s and the forces of change within it, and her vision is always humane and progressive.

The story is full of acute observation and sympathetic character-study: the feudal squire clinging to old values, his naturalist son welcoming the new world of science, the local doctor and his scheming second wife, the two girls brought together by their parents' marriage..."

Other books by the author:

North and South
Mary Barton
Gothic Tales

September Meeting

We next meet on Sunday 10th September for lunch, 1pm at Koshy's on St Mark's.

If you have read this month's book and would like to join us, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Book for September

In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh

In the 1980s Amitav Ghosh moved into a converted chicken coop. It was on the roof of a house in Lataifa, a tiny village in Egypt. During the day he poured over medieval letters sent to India from Cairo by Arab merchants. In the evenings he shut out the bellowing of his fat landlord by turning up the volume of his transistor radio and wrote stories based on what he had seen in the village. The story of Khamees the Rat, the notorious impotent (already twice married); of Zaghloul the weaver determined to travel to India on a donkey; of one-eyed Mohammad, so obsessed with a girl that he spent nights kneeling outside her window to listen to the sound of her breathing; of Amm 'Taha, part-time witch, always ready to cast a spell for a little extra money; and, of course, the story of Amitav Ghosh himself, known in the village as the Indian doctor, the uncircumcised, cow-worshipping kaffir who would not convert to Islam. This book is the story of Amitav Ghosh's decade of intimacy with the village community. Mixing conversation and research, imagination and scholarship, it is also a charged, eccentric history of the special relationship between two countires, Egypt and India, through nearly ten centuries of parochialism and sympathy, bigotry and affection.

Other books by the author:
The Shadow Lines
The Hungry Tide
The Circle of Reason

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

August Meeting

We next meet on Sunday 6th August for lunch, 1pm at Roomali with a View, above Fabmall, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar.
Just a week away and I'm only 20 pages in...

If you have read this month's book and would like to join us, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Book for August

Such A Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

Blurb: "Through the best of motives Gustad Noble becomes emeshed in the corruption of the Indira Gandhi years. Gustad's attempt to sort out his conflicting loyalties manages to be ribald and heartbreaking, deeply compassionate and unsparing, in its depiction of the venalities and comprimises that make up this novel's large and teeming world."

Other Books by the author:
A Fine Balance
Family Matters
Tales of Firozsha Baag