Ok, I do realize that one should never drink and blog, but here I am, post-book club meeting, a tiny tad buzzed with no one in the house. It seems like a good time to type up a Sunday Salon post.
Tonight our club discussed Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishi-something-or-other (my review can be found here). The reviews were mixed but the discussion was terrific. One thing I so enjoy about being in a book club (aside from the tremendous food!) is hearing other points of view about a book you thought you knew and were smart enough to understand- HA! One club member brought something up that I never thought of and I’m so glad she made the point because I totally missed it. The book is essentially about cloning and about a ‘school’ that treated one group of clones humanely- something like students but still less than human. The point that I missed was how throughout history, groups of people were dehumanized as an attempt to justify the poor treatment they received- she cited slavery, the Holocaust, etc. Seems obvious but I didn’t see it. I viewed the book as a much more straightforward commentary on modern medical practices and politics and missed the bigger picture. I have such a better appreciation of the book now.
I haven’t done much reading this week. I’ve been dealing with some weighty family issues and that’s taken up a lot of my energy. Plus the holidays are looming, and in my family I am the Christmas Holiday Organizer (aka the Christmas HO), which includes everything from decorating, planning, shopping, cleaning, baking, tree trimming, sending cards, etc. etc. Ah, the responsibilities of a HO in December are endless. I’m sure all you other HOs understand.
I did read about half of Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe and am enjoying it. It’s a short book and I’d love to sit and just polish it off, but I haven’t been able to devote a good chunk of time to it. Maybe this coming week. I’m not sure what I’ll read after that, but don’t worry about me- I have a huge stack of books to choose from.
What are you reading this week?
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