Report on Book Group Meeting - Meeting, Monday, 11 March 2019
A review of the book in the Observer says "his prose is both vigorous and wonderfully serene. Ondaatje's language is of such riveting beauty that one is made to stop and stare". I think it would be safe to say that our group would beg to differ with this opinion! Some members thought that it was beautifully written but somewhat weird. The plots fizzled out and the characters did not come to life. One member said that she thought that it was arrogance beyond belief that the author expected her to be interested in the book and others had to admit that they had not enjoyed it and some had not got further than the first chapter. We did wonder if it would be better if it was made into a film as some members had struggled to read "The English Patient" but had enjoyed the film.
Our scores out of 10 varied between 2 and 8 with an average of 4½.
We shall meet next month to discuss "Transcription" by Kate Atkinson.
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- Report by Carole