Barely a Book Club

Teetering on the edge of a normal book club

April 22, 2008

Filed under: American Pastoral — antof9 @ 8:00 am

Hello fellow BBCers. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. We had a really great discussion about “How to be Good” on Saturday. Here are some highlights…
– Man writing as a woman, did he use her position in the family to allow him to write more like a man?
– David thought being good was helping the world while the wife (totally just forgot her name) thought being good was being a doctor and helping a few.
– Ant believes the last line of the book ruined the whole novel for her. (I agree).

We are not meeting this weekend so sleep in. Our next book is American Pastoral by Phillip Roth. We also discusses only meeting every other week for the summer. Should that start in May or June? Let me know your thoughts.



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  1. Inspector Luv Says:

    Okay, I’m in for American Pastoral… I’m in the middle of a zombie book, “World War Z”, but AP has a stellar reputation, so I guess I can start it before I finish WWZ.

    I think meeting every other week is an excellent idea. I can’t make it next week.

  2. Mr. Barrieau Says:

    World War Z is proving to be the best book I have ever read. Take that John Milton and Dante Aligheri!!!!
    if anyone wants to write me, my e-mail is
    Miss you guys!

  3. Antof9 Says:

    I’m ok with every other week during the summer, and I’ve already got my copy of AP (about which I know nothing).

    I can’t decide if the next meeting is the 3rd or the 9th, but I can’t come either week 🙂 Just let me know if I should be somewhere on the 17th!

    Now, Inspector, what’s up with going from Twilight to a zombie book? You need something nice and flowery, like maybe an Elizabeth Berg 🙂 (and I miss you!)

  4. Inspector Luv Says:

    Matt- you crack me up! I miss your humor. I also have to say, you’ve opened my eyes to horror fiction, which I never thought would happen. So, thanks for that.

    Ant- I miss you, too. I have no idea why I’ve delved into the darkness, but I have to say these books are strangely not that dark or should I say more uplifting than anything we’ve read lately. World War Z was recommended by a friend who likes some of the same sci-fi tv shows that I like (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and Lost), so I thought I’d check it out before we begin our next book.

    The format is interesting- interviews of people from all over the world who survived World War Z (the Zombie war) and their experiences during the war. I guess one of the interesting things about the book is that it takes the current political situation in many countries and poses an idea of what would happen if we had a common enemy- albeit an unlikely one. It’s not too gory, either.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t mind reading something flowery, as long as it’s good… and not too cheesy.

    P.S. It’s old news, but did everyone see that Junot Diaz won the Pulitzer Prize for our favorite book?

  5. cobookclub Says:

    I bought MrB that book on the cheap table at Barnes and Noble. I didn’t think it was my kind of book but the premise sounded really good. Maybe Ins and MrB can start a sci-fi/horror/zombie book club 🙂

  6. Antof9 Says:

    I did NOT see that Diaz won anything! Thanks for posting the “old news”!

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