This month’s book – The Long Take by Robin Robertson- was a big ask for the group. Robinson is a Scottish-American major poet now in his older years who has written about the devastated personal lives of returned American servicemen after World War Two. Walker, a reporter and war casualty meets and interviews many of these men, now down and out, frequently drunk and living on the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. He too has frequent flash backs of the carnage and deaths of his platoon members in France. These men have been abandoned by a government who doesn’t care about them and abandons them to destitution on their return from the war. The book is written as a long poem in free verse and contains stunning images and poems inserted into the narrative.
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Booker Reading Group
The annual Man Booker Prize is awarded to the novel deemed best by an extensive panel of judges in Britain. Writers in both America and post-colonial countries can also enter. Each year the search is narrowed to a Long List of 13 books, then the Short List of 6 from which the winner is chosen. These novels are not for the faint hearted! They often explore contentious contemporary issues or the lives of families or individuals experiencing the difficulties of modern life.
3rd Friday of the month, 2 - 4 pm
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Meg Dillon 5762 6558
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