Sunday, March 13, 2011
This month, we read MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson. I have had this book sitting on my shelves forever and I was extremely excited to finally read it. This novel was a special treat especially after last month's THE HUMAN STAIN! I enjoyed the book and thought it was sweet, but I don't know if I'd go so far as to say I loved it. (I'll expand more on that in my review in a few days.)
Having said that, I thought MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND was a terrific pick for our book club. Most of the women loved it and I was pleasantly surprised by how much we were able to discuss about the book. I think one of the reasons that this book was such a good pick was because it touched upon so many universal themes including loss/grief, love, beliefs, prejudices, and family dynamics.
Next month, we will be reading THE TRUE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL by Louise Murphy. I have a few friends who have read this one and really liked it. I think it's going to be very interesting, although I do think it might be a difficult read because of the subject matter.
Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, this haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children, and tells a resonant, riveting story. - -Penguin
Have you read THE TRUE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL? What did you think about it?