Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Book for November

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai

Synopsis:
"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

Blurb:
"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
Cranford
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.