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Slow, Boring, Dramatic
The adventures of three men as they travel to return to one's wife and at the same time, chased by the "law"

A Tough Read

Our theme this year is "Villains." And this was a good choice for that theme - we had a great discussion of "evil." My reservation is that this was a very difficult book to read - whether it was the tiny print, the cultural time frame, Conrad or British Modernism - only half of us got through the scant 96 pages. The reader who listened to it on cd had to listen twice because she was sure she missed something, even though she hadn't. The best description was that the book was "too foggy." Still, it is considered a classic which has been widely critiqued.

Too violent

Our book club theme this year is "Villains." Blood Meridian was claimed to have the most evil literary character - Judge Holden. But with all the violence committed by nearly every character, it was a toss up as to who was the most evil. And we did wonder if McCarthy's use of violence and his attack on the meaning of life, didn't make him the villain.

We were saddened that the more we read, the more we became desensitized to the violence.

The violence makes this a man's book. And its subterranean meanings makes this a book better suited to an upper level college course than for a book club discussion.

Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Historically interesting with great plot twist

Alexander does a great job of describing the last days of the Romanov's, especially their familial devotion. I was so caught up with the details of their day to day life and with hints of a rescue attempt, I had forgotten there was going to be a plot twist. What a surprise!

Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Too long and a bit dated - although in light of the bonus issues these days, it seems as though the "entitlement" mentaility is back.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
The Alienist

Fascinating characters who come together to solve a horrific crime. Historically set prior to the turn of the 20th Century, the descriptions and use of "new" crime-detecting techniques was interesting and informative.

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dark
Delightful heroine

12-year old Gwenni is a delight. Her innocence and curiosity give her wings for her nocturnal flights above her village. It is these flights that lead her down a road of dark family secrets, that will better her life.

Cutting for Stone: A novel by Abraham Verghese
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Beautiful, Interesting
Great family story

A great family story where an action of one will impact all and a satisfying end when the circle closes.

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