The Leicester Jewish Book Club had its first meeting in June 2017 and continues to meet monthly in our private homes over coffee and a biscuit, to share a love of books and set the world to rights as we forge our discussions!
We read fiction and have read a wide range of authors and genres including the human condition; war; fantasy and crime. We often disagree on how we respond to the book selection but it is never dull. One favourite of everyone was “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr; this was an exception, some of our other selections had a much more mixed reception!
If you would like to come along to the Book Club please contact Beverlie Cemmell on 0116 2715252. There is no obligation and you may come along as often or little as you like.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton at David Leben’s, Wednesday 12th December.
The list of books read so far with a small comment by each is given below if you wish to look at any of the selections.
Holy Cow by David Duchovny
This was very much vanity publishing, and it was felt that if this had not been written by a big name star it would not have been published.
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A quirky book with a mixed reaction, some members loved the humour but others absolutely did not.
Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Very enjoyable book about a young woman’s journey set in US South.
Waking Lions by Aylet Gundar-Goshen
Excellent book looking at the experience of immigrants to Israel and issues of acceptance and prejudice.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Quirky book about Harold’s adventures following the death of his wife, very much enjoyed by the Group.
Country of the Blind by Christopher Bookmyre
Mixed reviews on this one it is part of the Jack Parlabane series, generally reasonable crime thriller.
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Rattling good story about a young man asserting his right to make decisions about their own health, raising many contentious issues.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Set in France towards end of the War, story of a blind girl and how her life entwines with a member of the German Army. Excellent book, enjoyed by all.
Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult
Very good book addressing racial issues in the American South, generated some very interesting discussion relating back to our own experiences.
Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Mixed reviews, most members really enjoyed this book with its history of Guernsey during WWII, others felt a bit formulaic and book clubbish!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gale Honeyman
Almost everyone loved this book of quirky Eleanor and how she managed to find a way to be in the 21st Century.
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
Very polarised on this one, if you are a Terry Pratchett fan this is definitely for you. Members who had read Pratchett in the past felt that this was definitely more appreciated in their youth! However it was a well written interesting take on religions and interesting from that broad perspective.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
Ill fated romance of a young Jewish girl and family’s Japanese gardener set in US following Pearl Harbour. Gave an interesting description of Japanese experience in US at that time.
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Very dated and very wordy, we will not be reading any more Roth! For those that got to the end of it there was general disappointment in the denoument.
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
Lovely but sad book following a man’s journey through bereavement