Thursday, 25 January 2018

Evelyn Waugh - A Handful of Dust

A book of two halves, Some preferred the first half  some the second but all found it readable

Friday, 22 December 2017

Beryl Bainbridge The Bottle Party Outing

Mixed reception of this one . Some quite liked  some not. Perhaps a period piece and a a farcical element as well

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Barbara Pym - Excellent Women

A clear majority liked this .One of us not . Some lovely turns of phrase in the story of quiet post-War desperation ,

Monday, 25 September 2017

Etgar Kerret -Suddenly a Knock on the Door

Short  ,sometimes very short stories.Perhaps a theme of human sadness, mortality ,frailty.Some funny bits , some inventive m but does it hang together as a whole
Mostly enjoyed by us

Thursday, 31 August 2017

the Auschwitz Violin

Although interesting  , we thought it a bit short .Needed more about after the War. ON the whole a good balance of the horror of Auschwitz and the actual story.
Good but not great

Thursday, 20 July 2017

David Szaly Aĺl that Man Is

A bleak but readable series of tales of  being a man. Sad, unfulfiled men....not like us. No-one hated it ,some  thhought it pretty good.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Vladimir Nabokov --Lolita

Some found this too uncomfortable in its theme to get through it , although we could admire the language and turns of phrase.Others could see why it is still published an highly rated.