Help! Book club and I have not read the book

(15 Posts)
Montypig Wed 29-Jan-14 17:43:48

Its Philomena - and its about the 10,0000 time in a row that I have not done my homework

Give me something intelligent to say ! I can't cancel at this late stage

Oh dear oh dear oh dear

DrNick Wed 29-Jan-14 17:45:09

go and agree with everyone

god knows why people join book clubs

ZeroSomeGameThingy Wed 29-Jan-14 17:45:54

Next time choose something I've read. Then I'll be happy to help. grin

TawdryTatou Wed 29-Jan-14 17:53:35

Say that you thought the protagonist's journey was both literally and metaphorically speaking a tour de force. The relationships examined in the novel show that human relationships are at once as fragile as cobwebs and as strong as the cables that hold bridges together - indeed, our relationships are the bridges that we cross daily, in our interactions with the world. Say that the story arc was reminiscent of a Greek odyssey, and the denouement left you panting like a satisfied lover, yet, ironically, unsatisfied, as you longed to turn back to page one and start again.

Then lean back and eat all the crisps and neck the warm wine while the rest of the group...regroup grin

ZeroSomeGameThingy Wed 29-Jan-14 17:59:25

Or

"Would you agree with me that the writer tells you everything you need to know about this book in the very first sentence?...."

<Proceed to crisps and wine.>

Montypig Wed 29-Jan-14 18:01:39

You are all so very very wise - why join if I wasn't going to read the books, why didn't I pick a book Zero had read, and now that I have the response to every book ever written, I never need read any of the books again.

I thank you oh Mumsnet wise ones ( getting into the swing of the language needed this evening now !)

elmerelephant Wed 29-Jan-14 18:21:27

I always find Amazon reviews very informative if you havent read the book club book, or even Wikipedia at a last resort

MysteriousHamster Wed 29-Jan-14 18:29:24

read the goodreads reviews!

LordEmsworth Wed 29-Jan-14 20:28:10

I am three quarters of the way through it. It was a gift or I would have stopped by now ;-)

Feel free to air my grievances re. the omniscient narrator who knows exactly how the man - who died long before the book was even thought of - thought and felt about EVERY BLOODY THING.

Mention the interesting references to Ronald Reagan, ask someone to explain what gerrymandering is, say how shocked you were at the situation of gay men as recently as the 70s. That will make it clear you got past the imprisoned single mothers/mostly horrid nuns/self-serving Catholic church bit at the beginning...

ZeroSomeGameThingy Thu 30-Jan-14 10:44:57

I demand a (perhaps slightly sozzled) update.

And anyway I need to know what I should be preparing for your next meeting.....

winegrinwine

TheNunsOfGavarone Thu 30-Jan-14 18:29:24

The thread's very title reminds me why I'm not in a bookclub..... OK sorry not helpful at all. I hope the evening wasn't too bad and you got to the wine and crisps part quickly!

hackmum Fri 31-Jan-14 08:01:57

LordEmsworth is right. Bloody awful book, in my view. Look up gerrymandering before you go, so you can sound knowledgeable about it. smile

Montypig Fri 31-Jan-14 18:17:34

Thank you all for the help: actually it was a lovely evening and everyone else had lots of opinions so I could nod sagely and pass the wine!

Outing myself completely - Times Arrow is the next one - and I have read it already so smug smug smug

Montypig Fri 31-Jan-14 18:19:28

OH and Zero - thank you in advance - let me know what I think please !

AnneWentworth Sat 01-Feb-14 23:12:21

I am not reading this months book club book - I just decided not to and to read The Three Musketeers instead and I sort of run the book club. I will pop along to eat cake and tell them about the swashbuckling heroes because we are the sort who digress.

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