The latest report from the Mayfair Library Book Group:
Most of the group were hooked by Salmon fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday. They found it a funny, astute, political satire.
Although approached with some trepidation at first, because it is written partly through email and text messages, they found the format worked and enjoyed the exchanges. Some sympathy was felt for Mary and the breakdown of the marriage, and the contrast of religion (or faith) with commercialism was well done.
A couple of people also thought they would like to visit the mountainous area of Yemen described in the book as it sounded so beautiful. Some of the group had seen the film and thought the book much better – the ending was different in the film too – being American, was it a happier ending?
The next group meeting is on 7 August and we’ll be discussing Redemption Falls, by Joseph O’Connor, an American civil war historical novel – a tale of a walk across a devastated land in search of family.