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, 6 October 2016

Goodbye to Berlin — Christopher Isherwood

Book cover for Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin in the South Manchester, Chorlton, and Didsbury book groupSet in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people at threat from the rise of the Nazis: a wealthy Jewish heiress, Natalia Landauer, a gay couple, Peter and Otto, and an English upper-class waif, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles.

This week's book is Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin and we'll be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Sorry I can't make it tonight, but thank you to whoever recommended it. Interesting read, gives an excellent picture of the decline in Berlin as WWII approaches and also a rather good picture of Isherwood himself : he is reputed to have been a rather unpleasant character. The descriptions were very clever and quite subtle;i found myself going back and re-reading some sections, just to get the benefit of the pictures he painted