Pageturners February Read
Love reading? Each month we discover different authors, topical themes and thought-provoking reads. The group usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm to 7pm. The February meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th February at 5.30pm at Orange City Library. The book for discussion is Richard Flanagan’s First Person.
Written in the first person by a reality TV producer, Kif Kehlmann, First Person is Kif’s recollection of how as a younger, penniless writer, unable to finish his first novel, he agrees to ghost write the memoir of a notorious con man, Ziggy Heidl, who has defrauded the banks of $700 million. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he’ll receive $10,000. But as the work gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by the con man. He grows ever more uncertain as to whether he is ghost writing a memoir, or is Ziggy Heidl is rewriting him, his future. At the novel’s heart is a question: what is the truth?
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Pageturners Book Club Next Read...
Pageturners Book Club discussion group will be talking about The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson and if you think that title sounds familiar – it is. The book is by the same author who penned The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and disappeared…now a major movie. Pageturners meets on Wednesday 8th October from 5.30pm. And it is okay is you haven’t read the book – we also talk about themes in the book….see you then
Pageturners Book Club Reminder
Just a reminder our Pageturners Book Discussion Group takes a break this week and meets during The Reading Hour Tuesday 19th August from 5.30pm. They will be talking about The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. What will you be reading?
Pageturners to discuss The Book Thief
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down. The Book Thief is also a successful Hollywood movie. It was first published in 2005 and we are still talking about ! Come along to Pageturners book discussion group on Wednesday 12 March at 5.30pm at Orange City Library for a lively discussion about this amazing book. What did you think of it or the movie? (that counts too!)….See you there.
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……