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.
(We’ve been meeting regularly this year, except for May, but for various reasons I have not kept up with reporting. I plan to resume regular posting. JF)
At our June meeting, we discussed the novel In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. We were enthusiastic about the book, feeling that Godden had very capably told a tale that pulls the reader right into the midst of the story. We particularly liked the way she gives a strong sense of the changing seasons, and of the liturgical year. Our discussion involved favourite characters and plotlines, and then “bookgetaway” provided some background information on Rumer Godden, mostly gathered from Wikipedia.
We talked about books for the near future, and decided that since the book for July, Catholics by Brian Moore, was a short one, we could take on something more lengthy for August, and chose Dear and Glorious Physician, a novel centered on St. Luke, by Taylor Caldwell. Father Lawrence mentioned that at the time of the August meeting he will be in Spain for World Youth Day, so “bookgetaway” proposed that we meet at her condo for August. We talked about the possibility of reading Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two, for September, but deferred a decision until later.