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September 2016 Book Club

As we had a break over the Summer, we chose five books to read on our holidays, both classic and new. Here’s what we thought:

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 13.59.28Middlemarch – George Elliot - a complex tale of idealism, disillusion, profligacy, loyalty and frustrated love.

  • Some of it was a lot of discussion, could have not read those bits
  • Was it written as a series for a newspaper rather than to be read as a whole book
  • Many words we didn’t understand
  • Not a holiday read

The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood - Offred is a Handmaid with only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness.

  • Didn’t like it (but fascinated by concept. Didn’t enjoy the worlds)
  • Confused that it wasn’t the whole world
  • New names made up
  • Description in finite detail
  • Parallels with Burkini ban and the proposed wall in the US

The Last Moriarty – Charles Veley - a young American actress is desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from the threats of a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life.

  • Took a while to get into it then quite enjoyed it
  • Got lost with names
  • Forget the modern Sherlock

The Lake House – Kate Morton - A missing child . . .an abandoned house . . .an unsolved mystery . . .

  • Brilliant
  • Ending somewhat trite – author couldn’t quite make up her mind
  • Good gripping read that is hard to let go
  • Some loose ends
  • A quick read

The Glorious Heresies – Lisa Mcinnerney - Maureen didn’t mean to kill a man, but what can a poor dear do when she’s surprised by an intruder and only has a holy stone to hand?

  • Disturbing
  • Not a good book to have before you go to sleep
  • Better to sit down with a bottle of wine!
  • Because started book, we have to finish it, but we don’t have to enjoy it!

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