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July 19th-Wicked Ugly Bad

Good night last night.

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It comes to something when you clearly remember little people playing in the sand and the dress-up corner in the Reception Class who then grow up to be 26 year olds and end up with their ‘old’ teacher in a Book Club!! Well, that’s what’s happening here!! So nice to see Luke and Adam join us last night and hope they will stick around with us!!

We weren’t many at book club last night but we had a lovely time out on the decking at the Celtic Lodge, eating and drinking and chatting although not much chatting about the book I must add as Adam and Luke hated it, Julie hadn’t read it and Kate is only half way through but enjoying it!! Joan and I read it and loved it!! It’s a completely, whacky, off the wall read but it does make you laugh, groan and splutter out load!!

The story starts with Scarlett (Letty) Riding thrown into the Wicked Ugly and Bad Mental Health Treatment Center and Maximum Security Prison for attacking step-sister Cindy with a hatchet at the ball. How glad are we to know this after the way those 2 ugly sisters treated their lovely, kind and helpful step-sister. But! Have we been misled all these years? Didn’t we ever stop to think that maybe Cinderella was just a bit too good to be true? Was there more to her than meets the eye?? She was beautiful, kind, sweet and self-less, so had to be born good. The step sisters were ugly, self-centred, lazy and cruel so had to be born bad!! We never doubted what we read BUT – could it be that Cindy was so clever, that she pulled the wool over our eyes? That is was she, Cinderella, who was the mastermind behind an evil bid for power!! Would we have ever believed that this demure young thing with a cleaning  fetish was enjoying very colorful sexual acts while in the process – described in vivid detail that will make you shout ‘ewww’ out loud and never look at her in the same way again!! Find out about Cindy and her step-sisters and all the members of the Tuesday morning ‘share circle’. Meet Marrok Wolf the alpha male to die for and watch the way they all tackle the bigger issue “Are people really born all bad or all good? Aren’t we all a little bit of both? Shouldn’t we judge people on their behavior instead of the circumstances of their birth? Can’t we all just get along?”

Post your comments and tell us what you think!!

 

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Our next chosen books are ‘The Truth and Other Lies’ by Sascha Arango and ‘Fishbowl’ by Bradley Somer. We will take a beak for August and get back together again in September so 2 books to read by then!! Happy Summer Reading all!

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Book Club June 21st Big Little Lies

Well, tonight’s club was rather smokey!! We were out on the patio with a pit fire and damp wood!! You must try smoked scones. Quite delicious! I don’t think the tears in our eyes came from the discussion of the book. Despite this, we had a very pleasant evening outdoors with the most beautiful sunset over the town at the end of the night, as you can see!

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We had a great discussion  about the book. Great turn out with eight of us present and all contributing passionately to the discussion. There was a bit of musical chairs going on to avoid the smoke but this did not deter the discussion.

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We all loved the book but agreed that it had its weaknesses. Marie especially spoke quite strongly about the predictability of the story; how come Jane didn’t Google Saxon herself to find out where he was; how did Ziggy keep secrets so well at his very young age; would a headteacher allow parents to present a petition to remove a 5 year old? But they were nitpicking bits and bobs. Generally we all loved it!

Throughout the book we agreed that Liane Moriarty weaves together the lives of the women in a prosperous suburb of Perriwee in SW Australia with humour and compassion, There’s stylish Madeline who is fiercely protective of her friends and family. The shoot-from-the-hip playground mother who takes action on unfairness! She seems to have a strong second marriage to Ed but is frustrated by the way in which her teenage daughter, Abigail, has suddenly become obsessed with hippie-like Bonny, her father’s second wife, and wants to break the umbilical cord by leaving the mother who brought her up single handedly, and go and live with the newly-returned-into-her-life dad! Then there is beautiful, wealthy, perfect on the outside Celeste. She  is a good friend of Madeline but unable to share her very dark and disturbing secrets with her or anyone else. Jane is a single parent and new to the area. She also has a dark secret. She is taken under Madeline’s wing.  Her little boy Ziggy is the result of a one-night stand but she is unwilling to reveal any more. Ziggy is accused of being a bully and a petition, started by the vile Harper,  is passed around to have him removed from the school

As we read from the outset we know that there has been a death at the school fundraising quiz. A murder, no less!  The novel introduces us to a myriad of characters involved with the school, recounting their version of things leading up to the denouement! Liane Moriarty’s  style of writing here is brilliant. It is fascinating to read how a simple conversation or act can be misinterpreted and distorted as the information is passed from person to person just like Chinese whispers.

We were hooked from the start! We all agreed that the book was  compelling – and at times very funny but with some very dark and serious moments. For me, the ending was a bit too ‘tidy’ for my liking. The book had dark moments and I would have preferred more of a dark ending! We also thought that some of the moral questions raised by the book were maybe made light of.

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Listen to Liane Moriarty talk about how she came up with the idea for the novel.

 

Looking forward to hearing from you. Please leave a comment with your thoughts on this book. Thank you.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little LiesSo, it has been decided that this will be our next book. It takes us longer to choose a new book than it does to review the previous one!! The group is make up of avid readers and therefore to find a book that no one has read before is a mammoth task so , after searching through the Goodreads site and numerous others we came upon this one!

Here’s an extract I found from the Penguin site:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

So there we go. Lounger, suntan cream, nibbles and snacks and who knows, a glass of wine or two, will all be my companions this week while I lounge in the garden reading and basking in the heat of this greatly anticipated heatwave we have been promised. Oh, how I love retirement!!

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