Reporting back on our discussions I reflect that Hillbilly Elegy was not badly received, so first off thanks to Mike and Fergal for that coalition recommendation – again escaping the dreaded penalty round of drinks. Thanks to Joe for his round of drinks to allow for a brief visit. The Elegy did have mixed reviews and […]
I am reporting back on our April Book Club Meeting – a cosy snug at the Waterloo Bar shared by four stalwarts. Thanks and apologies to those who could not attend, but submitted such thoughtful reviews – our work seemed done before actually arriving to meet ;-) There was not a general consensus on the novel […]
The March gathering related an extremely positive review of our first Book Club field trip to the Ennis Book Club Festival earlier this month as well as a lively discussion of the read this month: Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics by Mark Thompson.
“If one did not master one’s circumstances, one was bound to be mastered by them.” Was also thrilled that everyone enjoyed the read of A Gentleman in Moscow and it fared so well in the ratings. It was praised for the deep, rich and effective characters and setting and for engaging storytelling. I hope that […]
As always a great discussion and a book well considered. Thanks to those who thoughtfully provided their reviews in advance. Mike did the leg work clearly and there was general agreement with his assessment. Adding to Mike’s quite comprehensive and thoughtful treatise: All attending completed the book and agreed that the quality of prose was […]
The crowning event of our book club year is our annual get together to review the year and rank our reads. One of the intriguing and fun aspects of this is how our scores change over the year and how (when forced to rank) as a complete series the measures compare to our monthly evaluation of […]
The Gentleman’s Book Club was inaugurated in April 2011 following late night deliberations during the count for the General Election of that year. After some discussion we settled on meeting in Smyth’s pub to share our thoughts on our first read. The location has remained our favoured haunt although we have on occasion strayed. Our numbers have remained constant […]
by Sylvie Simmons The biggest challenge in reviewing the book was in separating the author’s work from the life being recounted and it was especially hard as we remembered the man. The recommendation could of course have not been more timely and I for one certainly am glad for having read it at this time […]
by Lee Childs Last night’s symposium shed little light on Mr Reacher. In fairness, it was chosen as a lighter read to follow the highly appreciated but magnitudinally-challenging biography of Hamilton. In that light I think it passed the bar – although lighter it was also definitely darker. I think the consensus was that it […]
by Ron Chernow We had a short, succinct, deep and efficient meeting tonight affording me the luxury of reporting back promptly. There was no dissension amongst our compact cabal. As we gushed ver Hamilton we are grateful to Fergal for the suggestion.