"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx.
Well, YOU might not like Groucho Marx, but you might still snuggle up in a cosy corner of the sofa with a book while the rest of the family watches television.
"Reading brings us unknown friends" - Honoré de Balzac.
And, not necessarily just fictional friends – real book friends are getting together in Camposol Reading Group every first Thursday in the month from 2pm to 4pm. The last meeting was Thursday 6th April in the Cultural Centre, Camposol.
The book of the month was The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas. The overall opinion was that it is a good book. Some of the members felt that it was a bit slow to begin with, but picked up to be a page-turner. Some felt that the book's swapping in time between 'then' and 'now' was well handled by the author, while others felt it was disturbing the reading. The absolute agreement was that the book was well written, though members who had read other books by Rosie Thomas said that it was not the best of her books.
The next point on the agenda was choosing the book to read next. A variation of suggestions was put on the table: Beside Myself by Anne Morgan, A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart, Painting the Darkness by Robert Goddard, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin. All of them are good books, but the group was intrigued by the subject of Beside Myself and Sister, Sister, both of them thrillers, dealing with sister rivalry and behaviour. After approximately 50/50 votes for the two books, it was decided to read both of them and compare the two authors' treatment of the subject.
Next meeting is Thursday May 4th and as usual we meet in the Cultural Centre on Camposol B. Everybody is welcome.