Report on Book Group Meeting - Meeting, Monday, 9 July 2018

The Book Group met this evening to discuss the novel "Elmet" which had been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017; it is the first novel written by Fiona Mozley. According to a revue in the Financial Times the book is "rhythmic and lilting, the writing is dreamily poetic". I have to say that our group beg to differ!
None of us liked the style of writing and found the attempts at portraying the Yorkshire dialect distinctly strange. Most of us had thought that the novel would be set in the ancient, Celtic kingdom of Elmet where we all live but in reality the action could have taken place anywhere in the country. The story follows Daddy, a bare-knuckle fighter and his two children, Daniel and Cathy, who live an unconventional, feral life with disastrous results for all concerned. There is a thread of violence which runs throughout the story and which erupts with sickening descriptions in the final chapter.
Scores out of 10 for this novel varied between one and five with an average score of two - our lowest ever score since the Book Group was formed.
We shall meet next month to discuss the novel "Transit" by Rachel Cusk.
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