As a library we thought we ought to have our own Book Group, but we wanted to try something a little different. So, we asked if people would be interested in joining a Book Group which concentrated on reading, and discussing, the classics of literature. You know, all those books you knew you ought to read, but never got round to; those you started, but didn’t finish; those you always claimed to have read, but haven’t.
We decided, to begin with, only to consider books which have fewer than 500 pages in their standard editions. So no Middlemarch or War and Peace! We’ll also stick to books first published before 1950, comfortably before the Booker Prize (1st award 1969) whose winners can be a bit of a Book Group staple.
Here is a summary of the answers we received:
Which book would you like to read first? (12 responses were received)
– No preference
– Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
– Something by Dickens
– New Grub Street by Edmund Gosse
– Great expectations by Charles Dickens (if it is short enough)
– A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
– Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
– A Room with a View by E.M.Forster
– Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
– Dickens / Austin
– Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym
– The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
No book appeared more than once, but Dickens was clearly the preferred author. On the basis of length, of which more in another post, we decided to start with A Tale of Two Cities. Our first meeting will be at Harbury Village Library at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 22nd October. Drinks and nibbles to be provided.