Camposol Reading Group is a collection of like-minded people, all of whom enjoy reading and discussing a wide range of literature.  Each month we meet to discuss the two books previously chosen and the debate usually becomes quite far reaching, covering topics ignited by the novels in question.

The two books chosen for discussion in our November meeting were;

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri, and 

The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri

The first of these books was largely enjoyed by everyone. The story of Nori and his wife Afra, refugees from Syria trying to find safe haven in England, was at times shocking, sad and uplifting.  The horrors of the journey faced by refugees as they make their way across Europe were illustrated effectively, leaving the worst moments to your imagination.  It was commented that the timeline in the book was hard to follow at times, with the moments from the characters’ past life in Aleppo interspersed with both tales of their journey and their current situation.

We discussed the role of various characters in the book and this led to a lively exchange of views on refugees in general and the growing problem the world will see over the next 50 plus years.

In complete contrast, The Book Of Hidden Things was not so well received by the group. This novel covered the lives of Tony, Fabio, Marco and Art, four friends from schooldays who have a pact to meet on a certain day each year in their childhood home town in Southern Italy.  The book reviews promised us an ‘unmissable glorious read’ that would usher us into a ‘hidden world of Magic’.  What we found was four not very likeable men who all had issues in their lives, none more so than Art, who was an unconvincing character with supposedly magic powers. As one group member put it, “I had high expectations when I started to read it, but they weren’t fulfilled”.

If you would like to come along to our next meeting, you are most welcome.  This will be 2-4pm on Thursday 5th December in The Social Centre, Camposol B.

The two books we will be discussing at that meeting are:

Daughters-in-law by Joanna Trollope

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell

Both books are available on Kindle. 

Angela Jones 626 736 874