Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles was published in 2017. According to Michael McGirr of the Sydney Morning Herald, “This book does some heavy lifting. “ We couldn’t agree more.
Modern society is bombarded with images of violence and horror and Sentilles uses hundreds of fragments, intertwined around two main narratives, to explore images of war and hate. Her theory is that art can change perspectives, and encourages both her art students and her readers to consider changes that can be made to our contemporary darkness.
Draw Your Weapons is an album, says McGirr. It consists of hundreds of fragments, some a single line. Others are longer. They include personal narrative, excursions into art theory, snippets from the modern history of violence and warfare and gleanings from a theological education. Draw Your Weapons is a masterpiece of understatement, allusion and wily composition. It works like a narrative photograph. It draws the eye to many places, a good number of which we’d rather not see.
She asks difficult questions: What should one do when faced with images of violence? Do I have a right to look at other peoples’ pain?
Most Booklovers finished the book, with a general recognition that the style generally worked in painting a picture – one we would rather not witness, but essential for provoking thought, discussion and perhaps action. Highly recommended.
Ratings: Claudia 2.5, Gail 4, Janet 4, Judith 5, Kim 4.5, Lynda 4, Margy 3.5, Marzena 3.5 and Nicola 4.
Our next meeting will be 9/09/19 at 6:30PM at Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) to discuss The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Hope to see you all there and happy reading!
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.
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