I think Snow Falling on Cedars might be our busiest meeting yet – nearly 40 people I think. It was very crowded and hot in the Churchill Room, and I’m sorry there are never enough chairs. Do you think they’d let us use the main room and put the jazz in the Churchill Room???
We do always start with a quick round the room where everyone gets to say their name and a quick summary of their thoughts on the book, but we have to keep this super short when it’s busy otherwise it’d take all night. We then broke down into smaller groups straightaway as it’s impossible to have a whole group discussion with that many people. Anyway from what I gathered I think it’s fair to say there were mixed views on the book, with most people liking but not loving it, and some criticism of his writing of female and Japanese characters.
The next book is Boy Parts by Eliza Clark and we’ll be meeting on September 14th. We start talking about the book from 8.00, so try and get there in time to grab a chair and drink before that. We should be back at Effra Social, but check back nearer the time just in case we have to change venue or date for some reason (this occasionally happens when they are closed or booked out)
Other pitches were:
Mr Loverman – Bernardine Evaristo
Shuna’s Journey – Hayao Miyazaki
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Assassination Classroom – Yusei Matsui
This is How You Lose the Time War – Amal el Mohtar and Max Gladstone
The Power – Naomi Alderman
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin
An Immense World – Ed Young
If anyone is looking for a slightly (much) quieter group or a different book please check out Kennington Book Group – next event there is September 7th https://www.facebook.com/events/668805904836228 or https://www.instagram.com/p/CwGIe6LIorV and all are welcome.
See you in September!