They Roll By – Good Books and Good Meetings

by michael on April 27, 2011

Okay, dear reader, in 2009 we continue in the continuum of quality books and informative discussions. In my opinion both are essential in the enjoyment and longevity of a book club.

I checked eight books for pithy (love the Brits) summations.

  • Cold Mountain: great story beautifully written; pretty good movie also.
  • All the Kings Men: the Kingfish proves that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Robert Penn Warren is a superb writer.
  • A Moveable Feast: Hemingway’s informative memoir about Gertrude Stein’s “Lost Generation.” Illuminating portraits of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.
  • Lincoln: Gore Vidal’s historical fiction novel of our Civil War President.
  • The Stranger: Albert Camus’ novel with existential themes. The Bookies really liked it.
  • Heart of Darkness: Conrad’s classic novella about the thin line between alleged civilization and the savagery of the jungle.
  • The War Lover: Good story, but I think the book has lapses in logic and authenticity. The Bookies disagreed with me. After all Book Clubs are democratic, n’est-ce pas?
  • Appointment in Samarra: O’Hara brilliant story of a breakdown in the superficial setting of country clubs.

We also read Katherine Anne Porter, Hemingway and London.

With Lincoln we crossed the line into the popular mixture of history and fiction. At first I was opposed to it, then conceded to this enjoyable genre.

Yes, certainly 2009 was a vintage year.

Michael J. Keyser



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