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 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.