“With one exception the group did enjoy this book. Most finished it but many found it took time and required some effort to read in parts; a lot of the group found the sections written in dialect particularly challenging. Readers enjoyed comparing the book to recollections of Dracula films.” Average scored 7.64
“Most of the group really enjoyed this story including those reading it for a second time. All of us found the information about leprosy, its treatment and Spinalonga really interesting. A couple of readers thought that parts of the book felt a little rushed or had other small reservations” Average score 8.36
“Whilst the group acknowledged that the book was clever and inventive all found it just too confusing with the large number of characters and the way it jumped from one day to another. Most felt that it was a long slog to read although a few readers did quite enjoy it overall” Average score 4.4
We were discussing ' Ordinary Thunderstorms' by William Boyd. Our score was 8.75 out of 10.
Some comments were; 'I enjoyed it and kept looking forward to the next part' 'Initially I kept wondering why Adam, after finding Wang dying ,decided the best option was to buy a tent and camping stove and become homeless' 'I then revised my opinion after discussing the book with my husband and he agreed he would hide!' 'I enjoyed the book very much, it kept my interest and I wanted to know what was happening with each person. However it was a little too detailed in some places.'
'Why did he pull the knife out?...He was such an intelligent man , he should have known this was the worst thing to do.' We had a general discussion about the 'knife incident'. Someone thought it was because the scientist wanted to die quickly and knew this would speed up the process. Someone else thought that he knew he would be targeted and killed anyway so there was no point trying to survive. We all felt that Adam totally p...
This book achieved consistently good scores and all of the group enjoyed the story and the descriptions of the Australian outback and way of life. A few readers felt that it was a bit overlong and that the denouement was a little unrealistic.
“Most of the group found this memoir interesting and some really enjoyed it but others found it hard to read due to the subject matter. A few of the group thought that the book was a bit overlong or found sections hard to believe, but all were impressed with what she had achieved.” Average score 7.92