Thursday, June 13, 2013

Great Discussion of People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

Thanks to the seven readers who attended our live discussion of People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks, on Monday, June 3.

We had a lively discussion of the book, including some clarifications of the characters, plot, and historical elements.

Michelle offered this summary of the meeting:

"I enjoyed the book club meeting June 1 at noon. I appreciated having Ann draft the timeline of "the book" and pointing out the relevance of the book's introductory quote. I especially enjoyed having details that confused me explained by other members, such as Hanna's mom's career being more important than relationships; that the author herself had converted to Judaism when she married; that the Lola/Bosnia story illustrated "history repeats itself," that the dangers Hanna took when returning the original were because she was transporting "antiquities," etc. I was pleased that some others like me felt the found objects were a "manipulative" but necessary and clever literary device and that the book itself was a "character." Of course I enjoyed the camaraderie between women and appreciation of how far we've come and Susan's envisioning how far we have to go (a new way to do work, health care, etc.) This is my first book club and I look forward to July 1 meeting on new book."

Well put, Michelle!

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