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Book Group

The Book Group meets on the 4th Monday of the month.  We meet in a private home to review a monthly book provided by Monash Library. 

Our June book “A Strangeness in My Mind” was written by Nobel Literature Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk. The story begins in 1962 and follows the life story from the age of 16 to 60 of Mevlut who came to Istanbul from a small Anatolian village with his father.  He nightly sold a slightly alcoholic drink called Boza from 2 x 4kg jars hanging from a wooden pole across his shoulders while walking the streets . He wrote love poems to a village girl, eloped with her sister by mistake, married her and all ended well. Multiple characters make this an interesting read. I look forward to reading another of this author’s many translated books.

Lorraine MacDonald  -  Book Group Coordinator

Book for July - “The Night Guest” by Fiona McFarlane

Synopsis - One morning Ruth wakes thinking a tiger has been in her seaside house. Later that day a formidable woman called Frida arrives, looking as if she’s blown in from the sea. In fact she’s come to care for Ruth. Frida and the tiger: both are here to stay, and neither is what they seem. Which of them can Ruth trust? And as memories of her childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency, can she even trust herself?

Books read during the last few months were:

  • The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
  • Milkman by Anna Burns
  • The Drop Off by Fiona Harris and Mike McLeish
  • Riptides by Kirsten Alexander