24 July, 2006

Book Geeks # 1


Friday night a group of us held our inaugural book club meeting - it was a huge success! The group consists of only 4 of us - DJ Slippers, Mrs Vanderbilt, Kevin Aucoin and myself, and our first book was one of Mrs Vanderbilt's choices - Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell.

The book was chosen at random from a list we had each chosen two books for, and to be honest, when this book was selected I wasn't that happy. Although I love George Orwell's writing (Nineteen Eighty-Four is an amazing novel), the concept of reading about the Spanish Civil War filled me with dread. I normally *hate* books or films to do with war.

So I was thrilled to find that as I read the book I was enjoying it more and more! It is written in Orwell's typically lyrical, beautiful style whilst remaining clear and understandable.

Although each of us had slightly different opinions, the discussion was lively and exciting, and everyone worked well together. The conversation bounced all over the place, from the content and style of the book to the current global political state of the world, to Orwell's amazing vision. All washed down with several bottles of lovely wine and some themed snacks - Spanish tapas of course.

Ziggy for one can't wait for the next meeting. Long live the Book Geeks!

9 comments:

Dale said...

What a great idea! Several bottles of wine and snacks! Round here, that's lunch!

Saviour Onassis said...

Wasn't there a band called Catalonia? Maybe I've just had too much wine...

ziggystardust73 said...

I think you two would be very distracting at our book club... :-)

DaBich said...

This book club is OUTSIDE of school/studies? Like voluntary??? Unheard of, but I love it. I just bought and am reading The DaVinci Code and am loving every page of it. Long live the Geek Bookclub!!

Jemima said...

Book geeks rock!

I've often thought of joining/starting some kind of reading circle, but I know the pressure to finish the book in time would make me never want to read again so I'd turn up and shout everyone else down who disagreed with my opinions on the book I only read to page 6, cowering in fear they'd come round to my way of thinking and we'd part as friends (on the outside) but the emptiness of having cheated would start eating away at my core. Just like university.

Then again, most of my uninformed opinions are better than most other people's best and shiniest ideas, so I may yet make public book geekery my new hobby.

Dale said...

I'll join your club JVS! You've got wine right?

ziggystardust73 said...

Dabich - it is voluntary - we are weird, right?

JVS - I love the fact that most of your uninformed opinions are better than most other people's best and shiniest ideas ... please share some of them! Good to see you again!

Dale - of course JVS has wine. She's a teacher.

DaBich said...

Not weird, geeky :)

Jemima said...

I have wine!