Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

January 10, 2012

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Turn of the Screw Author: Henry James Genre: Classics, Literature Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's Release Date: 2009-12-29 Pages: 432 Meeting: Friday 18th February 2005

Henry James’ reputation as one of the ‘greats’ of literature is both wide spread and commonly accepted. With two biographical books published recently, Colm Tobin’s The Master and David Lodge’s Author, Author, I felt choosing this novel would be both topical and my first opportunity to enter into the world of James&#8217

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For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: For Whom the Bell Tolls Author: Ernest Hemingway Genre: Classics Publisher: Scribner Release Date: 1995-07-01 Pages: 480 Meeting: 20th March 2006

Hemmingway left a stunning impression on me as a child with his simple and breathtaking novel The Old Man and the Sea. In fact, coming a sharp second to The Red Pony by Steinbeck, I fondly remember The Old Man and the Sea as the next novel to turn my head forever towards a life and love of reading. Revisiting Steinbeck years later turned out to be

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The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics,Irish — The DJ @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Sea, the Sea Author: Iris Murdoch Genre: Classics, Irish Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 1978 Pages: 495 Meeting: September 2002

At the time of choosing ‘The Sea, The Sea’ it was the earliest written book chosen so far for the bookclub (though still in its infancy at 26 years). Written in the late 1970s, it was to be Murdoch’s most lauded – and some would say – most difficult book. I was also surprised that until now, no one had opted for an Irish-born

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics — The DJ @ 3:07 pm
Title: Things Fall Apart Author: Chinua Achebe Genre: Igbo (African people) Publisher: Penguin Classics Release Date: 2006-01-01 Pages: 196 Meeting: Friday 16th January 2004

My reasons for picking ‘Things Fall Apart’ are many. As with my other bookclub choices, I wanted to go for a different nationality (and in this case continent) to get us discussing literature from all over the globe. This book was recommended to me more than once and I’ve wanted to read it for a long time. I also wanted to look

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck Genre: Classics Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2002 Pages: 601

Meeting: Friday 30th July 2004

The top scoring Bibliofemme book to date, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden certainly has made a strong impression on the femmes.

Where to begin? There are many levels one can analyse this novel. Classic or no? The best of Steinbeck? Life changing? Did Steinbeck accomplish the daunting task that he set out to do? What

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The Outsiders by S E Hinton

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics,Cult — The Techie @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Outsiders Author: S. E. Hinton Genre: Classics, Cult Publisher: Puffin HC Release Date: 2002-06-27 Pages: 218 Meeting: Friday 28th November 2002

I watched this film a thousand times as a teenager and had many a daydream that involved Ponyboy Curtis. So when it was my turn to pick a book it was an obvious choice. Written by S E Hinton when she was only 16, that knowledge in itself was enough to make me wonder at the abilities of others.

The Outsiders was written in 1967 and describes the world

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Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics,Cult — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
Title: Pedro Páramo Author: Juan Rulfo Genre: Classics, Cult Release Date: 1994 Pages: 124 Meeting: Wednesday 7th October 2003

It has taken me some time to write the review of Pedro Paramo, and I still don’t know what to say. At this stage I can only be brief but feel this book deserves a couple of re-reads.

Juan Preciado, promises his dying mother that he will search for his father, Pedro Paramo. He then embarks on a journey to find the town of Comala, somewhere in

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Madam Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics — The DJ @ 3:07 pm
Title: Madame Bovary Author: Gustave Flaubert, Geoffrey Wall, Genre: Classics Publisher: Penguin UK Release Date: 2003-01 Pages: 335 Meeting: Monday 16th July 2003

I picked this book to get us away from contemporary literature. Known as a classic that divides critics, I thought it would (and it did!) generate lively debate. This slow-moving tale is an overly descriptive account of provincial life in nineteenth century France. It specifically focuses on Emma Bovary, a selfish wife bored by domesticity. She has

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Bel-Ami by Guy De Maupassant

Filed under: Book Reviews,Classics,Literature — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
Title: Bel-ami Author: Guy Maupassant Genre: Classics, Literature Publisher: ePenguin Release Date: 1975-08-28 Pages: 416

Georges Duroy moves to the city to improve his fortunes and finds himself working as a lowly railway clerk. While debating what meal to have before going hungry, he runs into an old friend, Forestier, who has done well for himself. Enquiring as to his fortunes, Duroy finds that his wealth is derived from journalism, a career Forestier urges him to

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Never No More by Maura Laverty

Filed under: Book Reviews,Classics,Irish — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Never No More Author: Maura Laverty Genre: Classics Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: 1985-01-01 Pages: 308

When I was a little one, with a voracious appetite for books and cooking, one of the books that I devoured was my Nana’s well-used copy of Full and Plenty by Maura Laverty. The distinctive blue and yellow covers contained a treasury of old Irish recipes but the icing on the cake for me were the stories with which Laverty started each chapter

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