It seems that I’m putting off doing these write-ups until just before the next meeting. I’m going to have to shape up!
A very lively and satisfying get-together centred around our April book, The Land of Spices by Kate O’Brien. Our discussion leader was Randy, and he presented a number of questions for us to consider, in the areas of heartbreak, convent life, moulding of character, and resemblance to the life of the author. The book is beautifully written, and Randy also asked us if we considered O’Brien to be a top-ranking author, which made for some interesting discussion. The consensus seemed to be that she is, in our opinion, high-ranking, but not at the very top of her field.
We also talked about the spiritual, cultural, and literary aspects of the book, and really gave it a thorough going-over. Members also chimed in with their personal connections, mostly from school and from our experience of working or volunteering side by side with sisters from various religious orders.
We will be moving on to our May meeting on the 8th, when the book under examination will be Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy by Rumer Godden. Dolores has volunteered to lead our discussion.