Monthly Archive for February, 2015

Analyse this

images8VG1L8GAHello fellow book lovers. This month’s read was Karen Joy Fowler’s ‘We are all completely beside ourselves’ which didn’t seem to have garnered much appreciation amongst us. It’s a difficult and sometimes irritating read with a confusion of styles, and characters that you just can’t warm to or care about. A novel that, as one reader said, was appreciated for the story rather than the skill of the writing. Was Fern a real child? No, she was a monkey and it was a case of ‘now you see her, now you don’t’! Some readers were completely taken in by the story and felt cheated by the ending. Fowler does, however, bring up important issues of ethics and values in the field of psychology and the rights of animals as part of experiments, together with the question of real and made-up memories.

From our recent list of classic reads for future book choices, Maxine selected Angela Carter’s ‘The Magic Toyshop’ as the April book. My own personal classic reads this year have included Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, and Mrs Gaskell’s ‘Wives and Daughters’ which I loved. I could do with finding someone else who’s read the latter so that I can have a good discussion about it.

In other news, we’re having a guest author night on 11 May with the wonderful Helen Cadbury who’ll be discussing her award winning crime novel ‘To catch a rabbit’ which WHSmith readers have voted number 12 in the top crime books they’d like to see on screen!

Happy reading folks and see you all on 9 March to discuss Julian Barnes’ ‘The sense of an ending’.

Rachel