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 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.