Earlier in the year I was invited to join a book club which circulates books here in France. I spent a few days considering the offer, since this would be a new concept for me. I agreed and am now a member of a group of 11, mainly women and one man. The book circulation starts in October, and it took me some time to find a book that I felt would be a suitable read, having studied the lists of books the members have either already read, or circulated.
I feel some trepidation, as I am not one for writing flowery reviews, or even unflowery. It’s not something I have ever had to do. I didn’t attend university, didn’t study literature and my writing is often straight and to the point. I read a book, I like it or not, and have little to say about why, unless of course it has impacted on me greatly. I am also aware I don’t tend to analyse the characters, or look deeply into the possible ulterior message running through the text. Another worry (anxiety) for me is, I hate feeling under pressure to read a book I haven’t chosen. I like to chose my own books, and get very impatient if I am reading a book that I dislike.
After some long thought and consideration, I picked up Zen and the Art of Cycle Maintenance. This is a book that belongs to my husband, we have quite a different reading list. I read 4-5 chapters before deciding I was very bored. I picked up another book The Blind Assassin and was bored beyond compare by page 10. I also thought I SHOULD read some Proust, since it seems I have missed some important classical education somewhere. I managed about 5 chapters before decided it really was a load of pretentious poo. This probably makes me a philistine. Oh well, so be it. Having said that, I picked up Titus Groan several years ago, another book belonging to mon marie, thinking how boring it looked. I loved it, and have downloaded to my Kindle to read again when I have time (in between book club offerings).
I am currently reading the choice I have made, and will be sending it off soon to the person I send to. I am looking forward to the experience (mostly) and hope that I enjoy it enough to carry on next year. I let you know the name of the book once it is in circulation, as I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Please close the gate firmly, it’s been quite noisy and disturbing out there recently.
Kathy the sane.