Tuesday, 16 February 2010

February Book Club

Hello everyone,

I hope you're all enjoying or about to enjoy reading The Soloist. I thought i'd send out a few questions for you all to think about:

- Are you a fan of classical music, do you think you need to be to understand this book?
- How did you feel about the relationship between Steve & Nathaniel? Did this change as you read the book?

Also, i've recently found out that everyone can join the public library service in Swansea by taking along a piece of ID. You don't have to live in Swansea to be a member as i previously thought.

Monday, 1 February 2010

First Book Club Meeting

We had our first bookclub meeting on January 28th and it was felt by all to be very successful! We had a full house in terms of members, we very nearly ran out of chairs.

Discussion on the book started with everyone having enjoyed it to varying degrees. Some people (myself included) found it hard going for the first 50 pages or so, but we all felt pulled along by the story at the end. We then went on to discuss the many inconsistencies we felt were in the book.

Lots of situations happened in the book which we felt were very contrived on looking back, but when you're reading the book they all seem to be appropriate and you don't notice them. We felt that the fact that the inconsistencies aren't noticable on first reading is because the language in the book is so well written.

We all felt that Vinnie was a lovely character, we weren't impressed with Jeremy or Cynthia. We discussed whether their character was a product of their upbringing, we decided this was probably true especially when you look at Grace as well.

We took a vote at the end of the evening and marked the book out of 10. The marks ranged from 1 to 9 out of 10 with most people voting for 8. At least three members of the bookclub have recommended the book on to friends and family.