Mar 2017, The North Water

Month:  MARCH |  Date: 3/26/17
Genre:  Goodreads Choice Winners
Book:   THE NORTH WATER by IAN McGUIRE

Attendance:  Linda(hostess) 100%; , Jonetta. 92%; , Anna 100%; Michele 100%; Christine Fritzen 100%

Not In Attendance: Christina H read 17%, Stephanie 100% (I think)

Online discussion with Stephanie, Linda, Christina H, Anna and Misbah.

Book Club Meeting Minutes

Book Discussion

 

Goodreads Choice Award and one of The New York Times Book Reviews 10th best book of the year, National bestseller. …We all wondered why.

The story is about a whaling ship in the 19th century with a drunk, stinking, brutal antagonist…Henry Drax and a first time whaler ex-army surgeon with a destroyed reputation, Patrick Sumner and an ill-fated voyage.

Consensus was the book was very dark and disturbing.  Descriptive, blood -soaked, cold, violent and cruel.  Specifically, the whale slaughter and description was very graphic. All agreed Drax,  was most surely a sociopath.  Some connected with Sumner…however all in all there were no characters to really like. Otto was ok. But for the most part they were all miserable horrible human beings.  With no redeeming qualities. Anna’s Goodreads review summed it up quite nicely.

In spite of the negative thought about the book, nearly everyone thought it was excellent writing. The author certainly “painted the picture”.

April Book

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

May Book

The group unanimously requested a comedy or humor read for May. Something light, easy, happy ending…ideas shared.

April Host

Stephanie will host April Meeting on 4/23 or 4/30… her schedule pending. Most attendees could make either date.

New Members

Welcome Christine Fritzen And Michele Narramore!  Happy to have you both!!

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