The Reading Group
12 journalers for this copy...
Each month four women get together to discuss a book, as each month passes we learn about the straying husband, aging parents and so forth.....
It took me a few pages to get into, but once I had, I was hooked!
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I guess I am not the target audience, being 28 with no children. I did feel a bit frustrated that not one of the characters (except in the end Clare) had any horizons beyond their immediate lives. I absolutely value friends and family but I also value career and a sense of the outside world - whether that be current affairs in Lebanon or an exhibition at the Tate Modern. I did feel that the world for these women had shrunk to the school run and an occasional guilty trip to John Lewis.
Also, I felt the books were incidental. Unlike The Jane Austen Book Club, which I have recently read, the books' plots and themes did not feel integrated into the main plot and narrative. Annoyingy, there were also spoilers: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is waiting on my to-be-read shelf and I really could have done without finding out the central twist in the plot!
I think Elizabeth Noble has a good insight into the human psyche and what makes people (and particularly mothers) tick. It's an enjoyable read but not a difficult one and most women would enjoy it.
Anyway, book arrived Friday and I have finished it just this afternoon. if I read quickly, gives Dinkie a bit longer, as she doesn't get as much reading time as I do!
I know what fire-dragon meant about not being the target audioence, BUT having older friends with chilkdre, I could see where a lot of it came from, and lots of it is just women generally, which we can surely all relate to. I was a little disappointed that the books seemed to play a very minor role - consequential, fire-dragon said and I would agree.
That said I thought the premis of the book was very clever, and I think I enjoyed it more than the Tenko Club actually - it seemed to flow betetr somehow...I did think it was clever that the books each introdueced a new month, and new details about each character emerged each month, so we gradually got to know them all.
Thanks for sharing AnglersRest - will be off to Dinkie soon.
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Passing to Dinkie on Tuesday when we go out with other friends for my 25th birthday!!!
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I've enjoyed the book and thought it was cleverly written but found myself just getting in to the story of one character and then it was on to the next chapter and time to progress on with another character.
Have sent the book on its travels to rahar109.
It was an undemanding read, but like The Tenko Club, all their problems were resolved a little too easily.
Pm'ing Caro1 for her address.
This book arrived about a fortnight ago, along with a bar of my favourite G&B chocolate (thanks rahar109) but for some reason I completely forgot to journal that I'd received it.
I found this a fairly entertaining and undemanding read, chicklit, or perhaps 'henlit' with a twist. Interestingly I have taken part in reading groups discussing 6 of the books featured, I wonder what the author would have found to write about if she had followed our lives at those points, very little probably!
I'm halfway through so should be able to finish it by Saturday. Is there anyone else for me to send it to, or can I bring it to the Exeter meet on Saturday afternoon to give to you, Angler'sRest?
Thank you very much for the opportunity to read it. I found it a little disappointing because I felt it should have featured the books more, with how the books affected the lives of the women, but that's just me. I quite enjoyed it, it was cleverly done.
Now off on the next leg of its travels again!
Thank you AnglersRest will PM next person for their address.
Unlike some of the other readers I'm not unhappy that the reading group books were not central to the plot. Honestly I felt that the use of the books and Austenisms in The Jane Austen Book Club didn't make up for what I perceived as a lack of character development.
On a side note:
Those of you who enjoyed this book would probably like The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. It is similar without the book club theme.
Have already posted to next on the bookring.
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing. It should go in the mail to the next reader in the next few days.
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Tania-in-nc asked to be skipped, so I mailed this off to xpangaeax. Happy reading!