Thursday, December 13, 2007

Le Bookclub Dangereux

Well, as it turned out, I was not the only to have reading remaining. We all do. But I think we all also left our meeting inspired to actually do the reading, and finish this book, with more discussion to follow, perhaps online.

It's interesting to think that this book, scandalous at the date of its publication, languished more or less quietly until the 80s. At that point, it inspired a play and a movie, soon followed by another movie, then a modernization, and now pretty much everyone's heard of it, even if they haven't read it. Now that I think of it, it's kind of like that rash of Truman Capote movies a while ago. As Lesley asked, what is it about what was going on in the 80s that made this book so suddenly relevant? I'm not historian enough to answer that, but I bet there's someone out there who can.

It's interesting, too, that four women, married with children, sitting in the living room discussing this book, take a much more jaded view of romance than they would have in their younger years. We're all happily married, we all love our children, but we also know that there's more to life than youthful passion, and that a good marriage is built on so much more.

More later .....



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