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February 25, 2007

Cormac McCarthy – Blood Meridian

2 out of 5 stars

There is no way I would have chosen to read this book were it not for the fact that this is the book that Benedict has picked for book group this month. I am only halfway through it (as Sarah Waters has been distracting me today!) and while I can’t say that I’m enjoying it in the slightest, much of the language and imagery really is quite stunning. Nevertheless, there is only so much apolocalyptic nihilism and violent scalpings I can take, especially on a “school night”. I’ll write a proper review of this once I finish it, hopefully before our book group meeting on Tuesday evening. In the meantime, I’d give this 1 out of 10 for enjoyment, but a 7 or 8 for literary merit (the technical way in which our book group rates the books we read!), giving it an average of 4 out of 10 or 2 stars.

April 02, 2006

Aldeburgh book group

Besides eating fish and chips on the beach, threatening people with pineapple fritters, burying Jamie alive, chatting up the local "bookmonger", laughing at the literary lesbian cookbook, running by the sea, playing tennis, cooking curry and drinking wine, we did actually discuss The Blind Assassin for all of 30 minutes. Get us.

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Beach at AldeburghWalking on the beach at AldeburghLeonie and Phil on beachSculpture on beachAnna and PhilJamie and LeonieLeonie and sculptureLeonie and sculpture 2I hear those voices...Boats on beachLeonie, me, Phil, Anna and Andrew with fish and chipsJamie buried on beachJamie buried on beach 2Me, Phil, Ellie, Emily, and buried JamieLeonie threatening Jamie with pineapple fritterFish 4 SaleChucking rocks at LeonieStoning Leonie some moreMe, Phil, Ellie, Emily and buried JamieJamie jugglingI hear those voice that will not be drowned

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