I've been thinking about how the best books we've read for our book group are not necessarily the best books that I've ever read, yet they have made for fabulous discussions, and likewise there are loads of books that I love which just do not generate any discussion.
Some of our best ones:
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - controversial, very split opinions on it
TheFifthChild by Doris Lessing - we all liked it, but every single one of us had a slightly different take on it
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
FaithFox by Jane Gardam - a deceptively simple story which kept us going for ages!
ThePoisonwoodBible by Barbara Kingsolver
LifeofPi by Yann Martel
Atonement by Ian McEwan - most interesting because the men in the group (that was back when we had some!) read it totally differently to the women
FamilyMatters by Rohinton Mistry
There are more, but those are ones which stand out.
So, come and share your book club's titles which have read to the best discussions!
Oooh, we've been thinking about The Great Gatsby for our Christmas Classic. Will it really generate lots of discussion? I mean, would people have differing opinions on it (have never read it myself, much to my )
I think so, Hope. When I saw the film in the 70s [elderly Robert Redford fan] I thought it was so romantic but with age and maturity I've come to see what a bleak story it is. There's lots there about love, constancy, wealth, racial attitudes and (not least) The American Dream. I was blown away - it had taken me 30 years to get around to reading it and was so glad that I had!