On a recent trip to the library, I decided to take a look at the bulletin board, just out of curiosity about what’s going on in the area. And there it was: a small notice from a local book club advertising for members. I copied down the email address, thought about joining on the way home – and decided to take the plunge! I exchanged a few emails and voila, I became a bona fide member of the club.
I’ve attended a couple of meetings and thoroughly enjoyed them. The one thing is that I get very excited, sometimes too excited I think, because I’m thrilled to find others who love books as much as I do. I’ve interrupted people, more than once, and hope I don’t come on too strong. (Why can I never keep my mouth shut?)
At our last meeting, we discussed Anne Patchett’s Bel Canto. It’s about the kidnapping of a group of people attending a birthday party at the luxurious home of the vice president of a South American country. Terrorists take over the home, holding hostage fifty-seven men, and one woman – a world-famous opera singer. She practices daily and her music enchants everyone. Relationships spring up between captors and captives alike.
As most kidnappings do, the story comes to a tragic end, but with a shocking twist. I won’t spoil it by elaborating further.
At our meeting, most people agreed that they liked the book, including me. I did find it a bit slow in the middle, but I really appreciated the lyrical writing regarding opera and I was jolted by the surprise at the end. I googled the book for clarification as to exactly what the ending meant because I wanted to make sure I really understood what happened. This clarified the end for me, but also confirmed that many others found the ending shocking and wanted clarification too.
The facilitator of our meeting told us that the book is based on a true story – another shocker.
Next month: And I Shall Find Some Peace There. Got to track down a copy!