Our November Meeting by Alexa
A smaller group gathered to discuss Ann Beattie‘s collection, The New Yorker Stories, which contains the 48 stories that this magazine published from 1974 to 2006. It turned out that Beattie’s pithy and witty style is either highly regarded or a turn-off. The same goes for the characters who are viewed as vacuous, annoying, drifters, users and whimsical. There is little building of character, yet the odd little snippets of their idiosyncrasies are quite revealing. The stories are not plot-driven and expectations of something happening that will develop character were not met.
Yet some readers found this collection very enjoyable. One reader loved Beattie’s stories as she recognised herself and others in them. Another reader thought Beattie’s succinct style exceptional. This is a less conventional book that is an important contribution to American literature, particularly to the short story genre
In hindsight, it was wonderful to choose a collection of short stories, but it would have been better for the book host to select a few of the outstanding stories in advance for the group to discuss.
Read a review of this book here.
On Monday 9/12/13 we get together at Ceramic House 6:30PM, to discuss Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac. Please see details below. We hope to see you there and happy reading!
Ratings: Alexa 4/5 , Claudia 4/5, Denise 3/5, Janet 4/5, Kim 2/5, Viv N/A.
Check the other books we read this month here.
We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.
We meet at the 20′s heritage Ceramic House, Bischof Park, Nerang St, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. excluding Public Holidays. A small contribution is required towards the rent of the room, but not if you are a first timer. The amount depends on the number of people attending.
One book title is chosen each month and we all read that book. There is a ‘host’ who introduces and co-ordinates the discussion. The role of host is rotated around the group so that each member has the opportunity to nominate their book (it could also be an author, theme or genre). The host also acts as chairperson for that meeting.
Although we are not a social club (we are readers), we occasionally attend literary events, relevant movies or plays here at the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron Bay. We conform to basic meeting practices and everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinion. Everyone’s interpretation is valid, as long as it’s expressed respectfully.
We welcome any new members who share our aims and are happy to contribute to our group. Newcomers are not required to have read the book to attend the first meeting and no contribution is required from them.
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We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month at the heritage listed CERAMIC HOUSE located on Bischoff Park
, Nerang Street (next corner White St), Nerang next door to shops at 54 Nerang Street. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
For more information call 0403 480 575
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