Hi Reader Persons
Hope you are all set for meeting up on Monday – let’s do the Voodoo again, it was very nice!
Hope book reading is going well and you are with Harold on his pilgrimage. I am a bit behind as immersed in Wolf Hall and being astounded by the writing skill of Hilary Mantel. Also re-reading some of Doris Lessing’s work – was very sad about her death.
Looking forward to seeing you – bring suggestions for our next books please? A Doris?
Tags: Darlington Book Group Wolf Hall Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Hi Reader Persons
Hi Folks – just a quickie to ask you all to come to The Forum tomorrow night? It looks like Sloan’s is not opening on a Monday at the moment (sign of the times I guess) so we need to relocate again. Can we also discuss this tomorrow – as well as your views on the Moggach book? Will be very interested to hear what you think. It certainly raises a lot of issues, not sure it entirely works as a coherent piece of fiction.
See you tomorrow I hope.
Hey all – hope you had a good summer break or are about to have one – there is still time! It’s not all over – ignore those sew on your own labels back to school adverts and let’s ward off the gloom for at least another month.
Hope you all managed to get hold of the Barbara Kingsolver book and are enjoying it. It’s quite a commitment. I am really enjoying it, although part of me thinks I can’t really do realist novels anymore – too used to shorthand. The feeling that I actually live in the world of the main character is disturbing. I prefer the modernist glimpses I think and the ability to make up my own version. But worth discussing for sure.
I am going to be away the week of the book group. Quite happy for you guys to go ahead and have the group without me. I have added titles for the rest of the year – can’t get the html right in the final post and ca’t work out why but the book is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I’ve tried to use as many of your choices as possible, except for the October choice which is a Durham Bookfest book – we might manage a trip to the fest in support of this choice – will keep you posted.
Tags: Barbara Kingsolver, books, Darlington bookgroup, Latitude, reading
Hi gang – hope you are enjoying the sun and the uncanny feeling that this might be how people in hot countries feel – sort of warmed through and relaxed. It’s like we have finally managed to defrost thoroughly, and it feels good, book lovers.
Thanks for the last group (welcome to our new members) in lovely Sloan’s - such a nice bar, isn’t it, especially with all that light streaming in. It was good to hear all your recommendations and I have made a list:
Rachel Joyce: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
James Bowen: A Street Cat Named Bob
Jonas Jonasson: The 100 year old man (…)
Richard Ford: Canada
Eva Rice: The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Markus Zusak: The Book Thief
So loads to choose from – but I think we decided we would start with Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour. It’s not a short book, so might be something to get in for your summer read – I am currently trying to whittle down a pile I am taking to Latitude and a week in Suffolk can’t wait.
ook forward to seeing you all in September – I’ll put proper details on the blog. Think it will have to be the second week rather than the first but will confirm.
Hi Darlo bookgroup hope you are all well. Just wanted to let you all know that meeting is at Sloan’s – the one we failed to access last Bank Hol Monday, but I hope we will manage this time. I am enjoying FMF’s amazing prose if not always his less than amazing world view, o at least that of his narrator. Such convoluted snobbery. But also what fabulous prose and what a fascinating set of characters that I really feel I shouldn’t care about but do. The good soldier - well not as good as Christopher Tietjens (Parade’s End) - although another arch Tory, though of the benign, paternalistic type. I guess here is a weird nostalgia for a world that probably never existed and if it had, you wouldn’t have found yourself in the correct drawer.
Lots to discuss though – 6.30 at Sloan’s - and it’s my birthday on Tues so may be having a prosecco!
Hey readers hope you are all well and making progress with the book.
I haven’t gone back to it yet, as it was on my now nicked iPad so will have to retrieve it from Cloud and do my best to update in time for our meeting.
As you will know by now, we are giving Sloan’s a go to meet in – seems like a nice bar and we should be reasonably quiet at that time on a Monday although it’s a Bank Hol so maybe there will be some carousing. Wodevs, as they say, we will give it a go.
Long books have pros and cons, don’t they? Great if you have time for total immersion, but can feel gargantuan and impossible. Hope your experience has been more former than latter.
I’m doing a poetry and image workshop at Cafe Create (http://www.cafecreatedarlington.org) as part of the Darlington Festival if any of you fancy it – Friday 3rd at 7pm – it costs £6. This is a lead in to an event I am doing in July at which the fantastic Pascale Petit is coming to read her poems about Frida Kahlo – will keep you informed.
So whatever the wold looks like outside, our inner lives can shine. Books rarely let you down. Innit. Looking forward to seeing you all in May.
Hi All and thanks to those who made it to my house yesterday evening to discuss Coming Through Slaughter and many other topics ..
The decision we made last time was to try and find a better and maybe more permanent venue for the bookgroup. So next, we are going to try Sloan’s bar in Grange Road: we will check that it’s OK with them first before posting up the address, but here’s a link.
I guess we are still missing the Arts Centre.
If anybody has any other suggestions, please bring along to the next meeting which will be on May 6th – this is another bank hol, so if it’s going to prove problematic for people, can you let me know? The book will be a return to 1Q84 so hope you have all managed to catch up with it a bit by now. For new members – just get as far as you can with this mighty tome! It’s worth the effort, really.
Look forward to seeing you all again soon.