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.

Please use the Contact Us form [on the web version of the site] to be added to our mailing list and receive the online meeting invitations.

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, 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 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.