Settling into the Orchestra Pit : Gabrielle, Ros, Mary, Lynette, Heidi, Sharon, Trish, Sandra
Tuning up elsewhere : Heather, Catherine, Ann
Business : Sharon and Ros’s books were assigned to Oct and Nov 2017 respectively. Just need to assign Heather and Ann’s books to Dec 2017 and Feb 2018. Perhaps next meeting? See here for the updated reading list.
Discussion : This book was well-received with most of us having enjoyed both the story and the writing of it. We could identify with the characters who were just trying to live a ‘normal’ life in very straightened circumstances where even going to work, or collecting water was putting your life in danger.
Discussion also took us to modern-day comparisons between the world doing nothing and ’empathy fatigue’ during the Siege of Sarajevo and the present situations in Syria and Somalia/east Africa.
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway scored 4.1
Next meeting : The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox at Mary’s new house (will email the address). Mary will do all the catering.
Apologies : Heather, Sharon, Ros, Ann and Gabrielle
Present : Sandra, Mary, Catherine, Lynette, Katie, Trish, Heidi
- We now have 2017/2018 book choices from everyone and allocated the first few months around those who attended plus, for some reason, Ros (let us know if July doesn’t suit you, Ros). We now just need to slot the last four (Sharon, Ann, Heather and Gabrielle) into a month from October 2017 to March 2018.
- We decided not to have a Faraday Book slotted into a month as we have 11 members for 11 reading months but everyone to supply a Faraday title to have as a stand-by just in case a book is hard to source, someone drops out or whatever. Send your Faraday title to Heidi.
Discussion : For those who had read the book, this was one of the most intriguing stories in a while. It took quite a time for us to regale the others with the plot to aid discussion. We found the story unfolds unexpectedly and flips things around from ‘normal’. While we liked it we found the use of obscure words annoying; it was like Faber was showing off. The main character was not likeable but somehow we were tricked into feeling sympathy for her plight. Descriptions of the countryside and nature were really enjoyed.
Score : 2.9 out of 5
Next month : The Cellist of Sarajevo at Heidi’s on Friday 3 March at 7:30pm
Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansen is currently on SBS Catch Up. It’s not quite like the book – it’s set in Glasgow for goodness sake!!
Gabrielle saw this 2017 Reading Challenge and posted it on Facebook and I posted it on our Facebook page.
I’ve done reading challenges for the past couple of years through work and it can be a lot of fun. We can do this one together and see how our books fit in – we’d have to allow any one book to be counted in more than one category if we do – or separately. I’ll add the challenge to the 2017 Reading List page and we can fill things out as we go once we’ve agreed on the ‘rules’.
For the adventurous there’s another list – the 2017 Ultimate Reading Challenge.
Going by the replies I’ve got, and chatting with Catherine and Sandra, it seems it might be better to forget about having a December meeting and postpone the discussion on Under the Skin until February. None of the dates would have had more than a few in attendance and I know neither Catherine nor Sandra have had time to get their hands on the book.
If you want we can have a chin wag at my place this Friday – or Fish & Chips out at Hawkesbury Heights???
Our next meeting date to discuss Under the Skin by Michael Faber will therefore be Friday 3 February 2017 at Katie’s at 78 Meeks Cres.