Everybody finished the book, hooray! It felt pretty long, though it moves quicker past the half-way mark. It's safe to say it's not going to be anyone's favorite. There were some memorable lines: "And they tramped off to the forests with sturdy youths bearing guitars, twang-twang!"
What shocked me most about the book were its explicit sex details. Even with warning, I didn't expect it to hold a candle to the obscenities of today's erotica, but it does. Unfortunately, that is its main contribution to the literary canon. It does attempt a shallow treatise on natural verses mechanized humanity, but there is nothing new there. Read Tolstoy.
We met up at Oak Lawn Coffee in the afternoon for our Chatterley chat. Oak Lawn is a nice little place to study. There's a little parking around the back, but be careful not to park in the spots for the pet store next door because they will ask you to move. Charity was kind enough to test this theory for us. :) The chai latte I got was pretty weak, but they supposedly have "the best iced coffee," so I should have tried that.
We had our first official Book Nerds meeting at Dallas' Ascension coffee, a trendy coffee/wine/food joint next to The Meddlesome Moth restaurant. Inside was overly dim (had a hard time seeing the text on my book) and buzzing with surrounding conversations, but we all managed to be heard. The valet parking is a perk.
Our consensus on the Ishiguro book was that it wasn't so hot. With the exception of Megan, who gives it 4 out of 5 Goodreads stars, the rest of us weren't impressed. The rest of the stars tally as follows: Kim, 2; Charity, 2; Robert, 3. The novel has an interesting premise and contains a small twist--which I will try not to spoil. It's told from the limited perspective of Kathy as she recounts her memories of her two best friends in the English boarding school they grew up in. It's a somber book with an even tone. The plot and what little it contains is explained by the reach of the book. It makes sense that things never really go anywhere. What is harder to understand is why the characters have next to no curiosity about their situation or why they process their existence so easily. Excepting Ruth, the best character of the main three, they hardly seem human. Also, be prepared to be beaten over the head with references to the title which crop up constantly without revealing any new twist to the phrase. Some readers will enjoy the simplistic beauty and nostalgia of Kathy's storytelling, but for my part, I didn't find much new worth exploring. Maybe you should (ahem) let this one go.
FYI, Megan and I (Kim) watched the 2010 movie the other day, and we agree it was horrible and boring.
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