The height of summer; temperatures in the mid to late 30º's, with the promise to stay that way into September. Everything in Spain stops at this time of the year. This does not count for Camposol Reading Group. I mean, do you stop breathing? Members of the Reading Group have not stopped reading!
Someone once overheard one of our meetings and was perplexed by the sound of laughter and lively discussions, thinking that it would be a group of very serious people debating 'important' literature issues like the works of Virginia Wolf, Enid Blyton, the Brontë Sisters etc.
When we do not meet face-to-face, we keep in touch by the Internet. Though we as a group prefer more temporary authors, we have recently had a wee Internet debate about the classics; as one called it a 'cultural moment'. Few children like classical literature and we were no different. Even as grownups, Virginia Wolf is perceived as hard work - a penance to some – and 'why torture yourself when you could be enjoying yourself'? Naturally there are disagreements; some hate Treasure Island, The Water Babies and Alice in Wonderland, while others love them. Enid Blyton's work seems still to be able to catch readers and Austen, Dickens and the Brontë Sisters can still put some in 'cultural heaven, while enjoying some brilliant writing'.
We as adults find that Alice in Wonderland is weird, but children love it. "While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole." (Goodreads.com)
Several of the group's members are already way into the 14-book long list for summer reading to be discussed at the next meeting in September. A couple of the books were recommended by some of the group's members:
The Hidden Legacy by G.J. Minett: "1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.... 2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . ." Connection? To be found out, if you read the book.
Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins: "Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee; sensitive and big-hearted; Rose uptight and controlled and Fleur the reckless free spirit. At the reading of their mother's will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with strings attached." A warm and funny book reflecting on the relationships we have with our parents and siblings.
Our next meeting is September 7th at 2pm in the Cultural Centre, Camposol B.