Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Book Group Report - 7

My book group met tonight to discuss The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas.  The consensus was that it was a good story.  We had a little disagreement about whether the narrator, Queenie, was truthful.  This had to do with whether what she says should be taken literally, or whether at the end she says something to deliberately deceive both Rita and the reader. We also discussed how this was a book set in the time of the Great Depression, but published in 1996, and read by us in 2011.  We wondered if we, as readers in 2011, could relate more to the characters than the original readers in 1996 could have.  As I've discussed before, we know now that squatters are people in the real world, and we really didn't get that in 1996.

Next up:  Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.  I have read this book already, and I really liked it.  The premise is that the author takes a day on which a crazy but forgotten event occurred in New York City, and adds other characters.  He then shows the reader other things that could have happened in the City that day that were significant to the characters, but likely would have been overshadowed in the news by a wild stunt.  I think it worked really well, and I'm anxious to know what the other book clubbers thought of it.

Almost done listening to:  Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

Still reading:  Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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