Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Group Night

We met for the 1st time tonight since Peggy died, and you know what? She was missed terribly, but we were able to continue on like she expected us to. We laughed at all the joy she brought to us over the years and the books she shared. And she added a special surprise for all of us – she passed along her most hated book – The Shack – to a fellow member, Becca. As Becca was reading it last night, she noticed Peggy left a “book mark” in the middle of the book. Well, it wasn’t a book mark – but Peggy’s final thoughts on the book:
The Shack: A best seller, touted as a "new Classic". What a disappointment! I expected a poetic parable or allegory, but it is just silly. It tries to answer too many of life's questions in an overly simplistic & bumbling fashion. The author uses trite, repetitive phrases, especially in the dialogue, that are just poor writing. He has Jesus continually grinning & chuckling. He claims to want to preserve the mystery of God while describing Him in such excessively common terms as to deny the reverence, nobility & majesty of God. I found it not only not charming but offensive & foolish. Did I mention I did not like the book?
Peggy Jones

Thank you Peggy for leaving us this final treasure. You will be with us always.

Our book this month was “People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks.” I was in charge of the discussion, and I hate to admit it, but I totally phoned it in. I am so overloaded at the moment I can barely get my kids ready for school in the morning, let alone try to prepare a descent book discussion. Luckily, there was enough to talk about in this book, that once the conversation started, I didn’t really need to do much more. However, I take my book prep very seriously – but tonight, I’m lucky I made it to our meeting at all. Thanks ladies for carrying me through this one!

This was the 2nd time I’ve read it. I LOVED it the 1st time – the 2nd time around wasn’t nearly as enjoyable. I think Geraldine Brooks is a genius when writing historical fiction. But the magic was lost on the re-read. I will post my review of POTB separately, after I get some much needed sleep.

Or next selection is

Skin and Other Stories

Skin and other stories by Roald Dahl. Other than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I haven’t read anything by Dahl. This is the perfect choice for me for February – SHORT! I’m going to be MIA over the next 5 weeks – my fundraiser/silent auction is consuming my life – but I see the light at the end of the tunnel!