Pageturners Mixed Reviews for The Son by Philipp Meyer
Book discussion group Pageturners had a lively discussion about The Son by Philipp Meyer – an epic journey spanning a century and a half in Texas – from Indians, to Mexicans to oil discovery. It’s been described a powerful family story about the wealth and destruction by humans. Our comments included:
“It covered an interesting period of time” . “I loved reading about the Indians”, “That woman, I just didn’t like her”, “Peter was gormless”, “I really enjoyed it”, “It was about 4 chapters too long”, “It was well written”, “It was hard to read the violence”, “It was interesting and educational”, “It was very visual, I could picture everything”, “Loved the historical aspect and American history”.
A powerful quote from the book is “Soil to sand, fertile to barren, fruit to thorn. It is all we know how to do”. Reminding us this author has turned the American dream on its ear.
If you would like to hear what the author had to say about his work, here is an interview from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23375703
Pageturners next read for Wednesday 11th September from 5.30pm is The Last of the Vostyachs by Diego Marani and translated by Judith Landry. It is an inventive tale of a long-lost language and culture, forgotten but for a single man……
Classics Book Club Loved To Kill A Mockingbird
Classics Book Club Never judge a book by its movie! These groups meet to talk about classic novels that have made it onto the big screen. Watch the movie or read the book, or both. It’s up to you but either way the books/films will generate lively discussions.
Most recently the Orange Evening Classics talked about Harper Lee’s classic American novel To Kill A Mockingbird and the movie starring Gregory Peck. It is one of the first times a group of people have all agreed on a book – “Loved it”, “it is perfection”, “it is beautifully written”, they said. Come along to any of these discussions that may interest you:
Classics meets February to November at: Blayney Classics Book Club meets on 3rd Tues of the month at 11am.
20 August – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
17 September – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
15 October – Atonement by Ian McEwan
19 November – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Orange Daytime Classics Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 12.30pm – 1.30pm:
15 August – Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
19 September- Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
17 October – Catch 22 by by Joseph Heller
21 November – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Orange Evening Classics Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30pm – 7pm.
15 August – The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
19 September- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
17 October – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
21 November – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Book Club Collection Do you belong to a book club? Are you looking for your next read? CWL has sets of multiple copies of the same book ready for you to borrow. There are also author and discussion notes to go with them.
Blayney Classics Book Club to Talk About The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. For it he won the annual National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for novels and it was cited prominently when he won the Nobel Prize in 1962.
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is not merely a great American novel. It is also a significant event in their national history. Capturing the plight of millions of Americans whose lives had been crushed by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Steinbeck awakened the nation’s comprehension and compassion. Interested people are most welcome to come along and join the discussion.
Orange Evening Classics Book Club meets on third Thursday of the month from 5.30pm – 7pm at Orange City Library. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 20th June to talk about The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith and the successful film Babe. You are most welcome to come along and join in the conversation. The Sheep-Pig is one of the Dick King-Smith’s most famous tales. It shot to further fame when the film adaptation, Babe was released in 1995 and was a world-wide box office success. “Why can’t I learn to be a Sheep-Pig?” When Babe, an orphaned piglet, is won at a Fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can’t be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe he might be a sheep-pig…
Classics to talk about Books to Film
Never Judge A Book by its Movie!
Classics Day Book Club meets next at Orange City Library on Thursday 18 April at 12.30pm to chat about Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris and 1958 in New York. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle-aged literature professor Humbert Humbert, who is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze. His private nickname for Dolores is Lolita. After its publication, Lolita attained a classic status, becoming one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature. The name “Lolita” has entered pop culture to describe a sexually precocious girl. The novel was adapted to film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne. It has also been adapted several times for stage and has been the subject of two operas, two ballets, and an acclaimed but failed Broadway musical. Lolita is included on Time’s list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It is fourth on the Modern Library’s 1998 list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century. It also made the World Library’s list of one of The 100 Best Books of All Time.
Classics Evening Book Club meets on Thursday 18 April at 5.30pm to talk about All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque. It tells the story of six German soldiers who volunteered to fight in World War I, and it chronicles their demise intellectually, spiritually, and physically. The novel is told from the perspective of one incredibly observant young soldier, Paul Bäumer, who exposes details of life on the Western Front – from gas attacks, to fatal illnesses, to rat infestations. Best known for its portrayal of the horrors of trench warfare, All Quiet on the Western Front explores the necessity and purpose of war. More than one million copies of All Quiet on the Western Front were sold in Germany when it was published in its entirety in 1929. The Nazis, who were rising in power, hated its grim portrayal of war. They publicly burned it. Gangs of Nazis descended upon the theatre where the 1930 film premiered in Berlin. In 1938, Remarque lost his German citizenship. He eventually moved to Switzerland and, later, to the United States. Over time the novel was translated into twenty languages, provoking a range of emotions and discussions on war around the world.