South Manchester Book Group

If you enjoy talking about books over a quiet drink, then please join us — new members are very welcome. We normally meet at the Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury around 8 pm but whilst the contagion lasts and we REMAIN INDOORS we'll become a virtual  bookgroup and meet online.

Drop us a line on the Contact Us form and we'll add you to our mailing list and send you invitations to our online meetings. We always reply, so if you don't hear from us please check your spam folder.

There's a meeting every fortnight, but you don't have to come to them all. It's dead simple; choose a book you like the sound of, read it (or even part of it) beforehand and turn up* with a few ideas and money for beer / wine / flirtinis. It's all very informal, and we're quite a friendly bunch. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis.

Our reading list, past, present, and future, appears here and there's a shorter version of upcoming books here.

* Do not turn up — REMAIN INDOORS !

Thursday, 10 August 2006

The Pain - Pauline Smith

The Pain by Pauline Smith is a short story, available on-line here.


Anonymous said...

I chose this book, having read it in High School. Its just 8 pages long written in the early 1920's. it appears on the surface to be quite a simple little tale, but illustrates beatifully the simplicity of rural life in South Africa in the early 20th century. I hope you enjoy it, some of the words might catch you, but they are simply place names and surnames, nothing to stress over or distract you unduly. Enjoy. Its only 8 pages.

Jan Mbali said...

I am an atheist but believe all conscious beings probably need a spiritual centre and dimension in their lives. Pauline Smith is a cup of cool clear water you can drink deeply from. There is a terrible beauty and deep sense of wonder in her simplicity. And the craft is marvelous. Two differently powerful writers about simple complex Afrikaners, deeply racist, violent, sexist and religious folk in case you feel an attack of romanticism coming on, are Olive Schreiner, Story of an African farm and Charles Herman Bosman. Both socialists and political opponents of racismm and colonialism in their own ways and times. And never let crude politics into their writing. A humanist river runs through this culture and produced stone brave revolutionary opponents of apartheid such as the communist leader Bram Fischer and the priest Beyers Naude.