Month: August 2011

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense Of An Ending, Julian Barnes From the actual material object to its content, this book never puts a foot wrong. The cover design alone is worthy of note, with its fading, washed-out typescript and dandelion clocks, the black edge carrying through to the pages. In these days of ‘one look suits all’ Kindles …

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Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan Narrated by 82-year-old Sidney ‘Sid’ Griffiths (bass), Half Blood Blues looks back from a point in 1992 to the years 1939–40 in Berlin and Paris, when a six-piece jazz band composed of three Germans (one Jewish), two black Americans (one so light-skinned he can often pass for white), and a …

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On Canaan’s Side

Should we bluntly say that there are problems with this book, or should we, in the manner of the book itself say that, like the dough into which the weary-boned crone in the kitchen of the tired and time-eaten farmhouse forgets to put the yeast that will make the bread rise like a pheasant breaking …

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August Meeting

For our meeting on August 17th we read Great House by Nicole Krauss. Jacket Synopsis In New York a woman spends a night with a young Chilean poet before he departs, leaving her his desk. Later, he is arrested by Pinochet’s secret police… In north london, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a …

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