Thursday, May 17, 2012
For our May meeting, we read LADY OF THE SNAKES by Rachel Pastan. When my friend first picked this book, I figured it was historical fiction; and since he haven't read this genre for quite awhile, I was looking forward to it. However, when I actually sat down to read this novel a few days prior to book club, I discovered that it does take place in the present day; and it actually wasn't anything like I was expecting. I wasn't disappointed because the premise of the book was interesting (and to a certain extent it was), but I have to admit that overall I ended up being kind of "meh" about it.
There were only three of us who completed the book, so it wasn't as good of a discussion as I had hoped. Having said that, I do think LADY OF THE SNAKES had the potential to be a great discussion book, although I'm pretty sure my group didn't do it justice. Two of us thought the book was just okay; while another member really liked it; and I do think our differing opinions did help make the discussion more interesting. However, there were so many universal themes about the roles of women through the years, and I don't think we delved deeply enough into these issues.
Next month, we will be reading 1984 by George Orwell. I haven't read this book since high school (or maybe it was college), but I don't remember loving it. I'm hoping that twenty-something years later, I see the book in a different light. But even if I don't, I suspect it will make for an interesting discussion.