South Manchester Book Group

We're a friendly and open reading group, and we share a love of books and discussing them with other people. We meet 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 very informal, and we're quite a friendly bunch.

We normally meet at the Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury around 8 pm. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis. Whilst the contagion lasts and we remain indoors we'll meet online, reading virtual books and drinking virtual flirtinis — vlirtinis if you will.

We've become rather popular recently so unfortunately aren't accepting new members just at the moment. But please drop us a line on the Contact Us form and we'll add you to our mailing list.

Our reading list, past, present, and future, appears here and a short version of what we’re reading next is here.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

The Shipping News - Annie Proulx



The Shipping News - Annie Proulx

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortinately it is too late to blame it on the different time zones...my thoughts on The Shipping News come after the event of the meeting so comments here are a p.s.
In fact, I will not finish the book for another couple of days, despite reading it regularly for 2+ weeks. It is full of poetic turns of phrase, particularly in describing landscape, seas and coasts in the latter half, but compared with many of our previous books it is very slow. I found it difficult not to finish books like Rapture (CADuffy) last June in 1 or 2 days, but this did not move me much. Metaphorically: AP is a clever painter with some of her words/phrases, but The Shipping News is too big a canvas. Not as good as I remembered it.
Love in the Time of Cholera also looks a hefty read but I will try to leave my thoughts in time for the next meeting.
Best wishes from Ontario, Andrew.