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The Plague by Albert Camus
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Difficult
The Plague

An interesting mix of fiction and philosophy. Camus spins a good yarn and creates engaging characters. I don't know how much of the analogies to fascism, religious domination and existentialism found in the critiques was actually intended by the author, or read in later. I did have to keep suspending my disbelief that the town would suffer so long in the twentieth century and that such effective isolation could be enforced. But it there's lots of license. I had my Kindle read to me while I was on the road, and the digitized voice had a tough time with the odd French spelling -- the author was Camuss and the doctor was rucks. It was amusing.

Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
 
Difficult, Interesting, Slow
Flashes of brilliance in a sea of pages

The first page was horrible, and I didn't want to go on. Jessie said it got better,and it did. But it was not an easy read, and so long that I didn't want to invest the time to wade through it. Some of the characterizations were engaging and beautifully drawn, but the plot required a history book reference to keep up with the royal families.

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