Friday, April 20, 2007
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the book that killed my last book group. We had been meeting for 3 or 4 months, things were swell and then we had our meeting to discuss Bel Canto (one of Angstrat's previous picks). At that meeting, the hostess pulled out the Oprah magazine that featured Ann Patchett, Bel Canto's author. The article included a list of Patchett's favorite books and we decided we should read one off that list--The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford. We were disbanded in two months. The story of two couples who's lives are intertwined. John, the narrator, is a bit of a pathetic character, but the way he comes to the novels secrets is really interesting and he definitely has a distinct "voice." This is a book that does not read like it was written 90 years ago at all. I really liked it, but book clubs beware.