We were discussing Eimear McBride’s Women’s Prize winning, experimental novel, A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, that I reviewed last week. I thoroughly enjoyed my first meeting, held on the last Thursday of the month in a nice little wine bar in Moseley, I was made very welcome and enjoyed hearing everyone else’s thoughts on the book. My feelings about the book were after all quite mixed, and so I was a little surprised at how almost overwhelmingly positive everyone else was about the book. We discussed how, possibly McBride’s fragmented style might have had even more punch had it been limited to the sections of the story when the character was suffering the abuse – with the rest written more conventionally – would that have made those sections of the novel even more powerful? I think everyone though, appreciated McBride’s use of language overall, and we all are certainly intrigued by what she might publish next.
Looking ahead, I really think I am going to like this book group, not only is it held in a very nice little bar – where I managed to find some nice tagliatelli for my dinner – but the upcoming months look promising too.
September’s book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – probably not a book I would read otherwise, contemporary thrillers not usually my thing, however, I have heard good things of this book and am certainly up for trying it. The reading of Gone Girl will be followed up in October with a group trip to the cinema to see the new film of Gone Girl. Not just any cinema either, but my favourite one, Birmingham has a lovely old cinema, The Electric I think it’s the UK’s oldest working cinema, refurbished to its 1930’s art deco incarnation – a much nicer cinema experience altogether.
October’s book (a Halloween theme) is a book called Strangers by Taichi Yamada not a book I had heard of, it’s out of print, but fairly easy to get hold of, it’s described on goodreads as the thinking man’s (or presumably woman’s) ghost story. I think it looks really interesting.
November’s book is still to be chosen – next month I have to take along ideas for Sci-Fri/fantasy – not really my genre – but I have a couple of things up my sleeve.
What are everyone else’s experiences of book groups? good choices or bad – or a mixture of the two? – the choices are after all what I hear most people complain about with book groups. I am looking forward to the next three months at least.