Most of the group were big fans of the book, with its pared-back but affecting prose style, its unique vignette-like structure, its tragically ‘normal’ anti-heroine and its eccentric supporting cast. There were, as ever, some dissenters, who felt that Mrs. Bridge’s lack of agency was frustrating, and found the surface-level observations rather suffocating. The general consensus was, however, that Evan S. Connell was a writer of considerable powers, with a fascinating take on 1930s suburban existence.
Next month’s book will be the long-awaited ‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton, and the meeting will be held at 7.30pm on the 22nd of April. You should all have copies of the book, but if not just let me know and I will pop one in the post for you. It is a long but rewarding novel about a mysterious murder in 19th Century gold-rush New Zealand, and won its 27-year-old author a well-deserved Booker Prize in 2013.
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