Report on Book Group Meeting - Meeting, Monday, 12 August 2019
Sorry for my error in sending you this report - I had put it in the wrong box, hence the blank report which you will have initially received!
The group met last night to discuss "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. Described by the Sunday Times as having "great charm, intelligence and insight" this could describe the main character in the novel, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov. The novel tells his story from 1922, when he was put under house arrest in the Hotel Metropol, by the Bolsheviks, until 1954 when he manages to escape (in a plot worthy of Houdini) and return to the area where he had lived as a child and where he meets up with his lover.
Some of the group found the novel quite challenging and were possibly a third of the way through it before they found that they wanted to know what happened next - others loved it from the first page. Amor Towles has an unusual style of writing that has left many of us wanting to read more of his novels and yet some members did not like the book sufficiently to finish it.
Our scores out of 10 ranged between 6 and 10 and averaged 8, which is the highest score for the novels which we have read this year.
We shall meet next month to discuss"Becoming" by Michelle Obama.
- Report by Carole