Literary Appreciation

We are all avid readers – with different tastes in authors and genre. Just occasionally a book presents a challenge – but group discussion always brings new insight and interest, even if, or perhaps especially if, a book is a re-read. Thank you to all group members for their contributions to our meetings. Regrettably we are not looking for new members – six people with varying views is quite enough for a good discussion!
We always review the author’s biographical details, which tends to lead on to a discussion and examination of the social history issues, the sexual, racial and religious issues and how these have altered (or not!) over time. We discuss language, structure and style, using quotes to argue our points, and we have recently discussed post-modernism in literature.
The books we have read since the last issue of Contact are:
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Lfe of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
We will be reading After the Storm by Margaret Graham (a local author) and Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Further reading still to be decided by group members. Attendance at meetings has been high, with only one or two absences due to pre-booked holidays. Discussion usually starts by sharing our feelings about a book – did we like it? did we enjoy reading it? We move on with our views of characterisation – how do we relate to the fictional characters? Did they seem ‘real’ to us as readers?
Clive Bray
Group Co-ordinator