What we thought of “The Cheapest Nights”

Our Classic Book for June was "The Cheapest Nights", a selection of short stories by Egyptian writer Yusuf Idris. Idris, and Egyptian literature, were new to everyone in the group, but the book was very well received. When asked to provide three words to describe their response the answers were agreed to have been the … Continue reading What we thought of “The Cheapest Nights”

What we thought of Wuthering Heights

Dark clouds scudded from the east, bending trees and rattling rain and hail against the window glass.No, not the weather in Harbury in May 2021, but an expression of the mood evoked by Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", the topic of this month's meeting. Led by Andrew C. we wandered the Yorkshire moors and the minds … Continue reading What we thought of Wuthering Heights

What we thought of “Moby Dick”

At our Classic Book Group meeting on Tuesday 20th April we discussed "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville. It turned out to have been our most unread / unfinished book so far. When invited to come up with three words to describe the book our participants offered: Long, discouragingWet, bleak, sadEncyclopaedic, Authentic, EnergeticTedious, depressing, long-windedIlluminating, erudite, … Continue reading What we thought of “Moby Dick”

What we thought of “Emil and the Detectives”

At our  meeting on Tuesday 16th of March we discussed "Emil and the Detectives" by Erich Kästner. Almost unanimously it was agreed that we loved the book. Some of the words that were used to describe it were, "Romp", "Realistic", Far-fetched", "Charming", "Nostalgic", "Dated", "Comforting", "A perfect lockdown read". Our topic questions were: Did you … Continue reading What we thought of “Emil and the Detectives”

What we thought of “Call of the Wild”

Our book for February 2021 was "Call of the Wild" by Jack London. Karen had prepared the questions we used to kick off the discussion: What did you think of the book?What did you think of the writing?Were there bits that you particularly liked - or disliked?Are there any scenes that might stick with you … Continue reading What we thought of “Call of the Wild”

What we thought of the Oxford Book of Essays

The first question at our meeting on Tuesday 17th January was, "In three words, what did you think of the book?" Responses included, "Mixed Bag", "Very Interesting Read", "A slight chore", "Tedious in Parts", "Stimulating", "Varied", "Broadly Fun", "Thoughts of Oxford Graduates". We moved on to consider the essays, five at a time, interspersed with … Continue reading What we thought of the Oxford Book of Essays

Less a Classic Book, more a Book of Classics

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th January at 7.30 pm for which, rather than reading a classic book, we'll be reading a book of classics. Ann C. has made a selection from "The Oxford Book of Essays", edited by John Gross and published by the Oxford University Press. The book is actually 680 pages … Continue reading Less a Classic Book, more a Book of Classics

What we thought of “Hard Times”

At our meeting on Tuesday 17th November, 2020, we discussed "Hard Times" by Charles Dickens. Our views were perhaps best summed up by Andrew P. who described the book as being like a "lumpy mattress". Much of it was enjoyable, but there were lumps you needed to get over. David T. provided the following questions … Continue reading What we thought of “Hard Times”

What we thought of Maupassant’s short stories

There were 8 of us at our online meeting on Tuesday 20th October, with Andrew C. having provided comments in advance as he was unable to attend. We discussed the Penguin Classics collection of Maupassant's short stories called, "A Parisian Affair and other stories". Most people hadn't read any Maupassant before, but most enjoyed the … Continue reading What we thought of Maupassant’s short stories