Monthly Archive for July, 2012

Carey Catastrophy!

Oh dear! You know the feeling. You’re hosting a dinner party, make a meal that you think everyone will enjoy, and then as you serve up with a great flourish you see your guests pushing their food around listlessly with their forks. Conversation dies. The food hits the bin.
I felt a bit like that with Peter Carey’s ‘The Chemistry of Tears’ last night. I really enjoyed it, loved it even, and despite my spirited defence of the book it fell on deaf ears. Looks hardened, copies were slapped down on the table, almost everyone hated it.  I feel like I’ve read a different book. Perhaps I need to get out more…

In August I’m not going to be in the country – probably somewhere in Rumania by that point – but the evening group are planning on meeting at the usual time (6.30pm) in the pub and are going to be discussing John Lanchester’s ‘Capital’. Anyone from the lunchtime group who wants to go is more than welcome.  You can get the book from Blackwells with the usual £2 off concession.

And then we’re back to normal on Sept. 4th with Richard Ford’s ‘Independence Day’ and as it’s our fifth birthday there will be CAKE! And it might even have stopped raining by then…